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Megan Brincks

April 25, 2013

Linstedt Is Last-Minute Scratch Before Rolex Kentucky

Rolex Kentucky CCI**** entry Jordan Linstedt did not start the event with her Tullibard’s Hawkwind. “Jack” sustained a minor injury while competing in the advanced division at the Twin Rivers Spring Three Day Event and Horse Trials (Calif.) on April 10-14.

April 11, 2013

Obama Budget Eliminates Funding For Horse Slaughter Plant Inspections

The Obama administration’s proposed budget for 2014 included a proposal to prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture from spending money on inspections for horse slaughter plants.

Without inspections, the plants could not legally operate.

In 2007, a similar stipulation effectively shut down the last processing plants in the United States. However, that law expired in 2011, opening the door for plants to reopen. Currently, there are no horse slaughter plants open in the United States, although several companies are working toward gaining approval from the USDA to open.

April 11, 2013

Possible Horsemeat Contamination Leads To Recall On 50,000 Tons Of Meat In Europe

Authorities in the Netherlands recalled 50,000 tons of meat marketed as beef that may contain horsemeat.

Two Dutch companies, Wiljo Import en Export B.V. and Vleesgroothandel Willy Selten B.V., supplied the meat to more than 500 companies across Europe, but they cannot trace the exact source of the meat. 

April 10, 2013

Authorities Seize 63 Horses, 20 Found Dead In Oklahoma

Oklahoma authorities seized 63 horses and many other animals from the home of Carolyn Vaughn, of Wewoka, Okla., on April 6. More than 20 additional horses were found dead on the property.

In addition to the horses, 26 dogs, 13 cattle, four goats, three llamas, three rabbits, two pigs, two chinchillas, a bearded dragon lizard and an African gray parrot were taken from Vaughn. Seminole County Sheriff’s deputy David Hanson estimated the leased property at 1-2 acres.

April 8, 2013

Peter Wylde Brings His Training Business To New York

Peter Wylde, 2004 Olympic team gold medalist and 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games individual bronze medalist, announced plans to open a New York base for his show jumping training and riding operation, Mullenders & Wylde Horses LLC, at Winley Farm in Millbrook.

After living for 12 years in Germany, Wylde moved back to the United States in December to join Missy Clark’s team at North Run.

April 4, 2013

Bellissimo Calls For Phelps’ Resignation After Boston Magazine Remarks

On April 2, Mark Bellissimo, managing partner and the largest shareholder of Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC, called for Mason Phelps to resign from his role as president of the National Horse Show and his seat on the U.S.

April 4, 2013

Oklahoma Removes Ban On Horse Slaughter

On March 29, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law reversing Oklahoma’s ban on horse processing plants in the Sooner State.

Although several states have bans on horse slaughter (California, Illinois and Texas currently prohibit equine processing plants), it’s not banned in the United States as a whole. In 2007, funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections for horse slaughter plants ended, effectively shutting down the last remaining plants. However, that law expired in 2011 and has not been renewed.

March 27, 2013

California Horses Test Positive For Non-Neuropathogenic EHV-1

A Santa Barbara County (Calif.) gelding tested positive for non-neuropathogenic equine herpesvirus-1, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced on March 25.

March 25, 2013

British Animal Welfare Group To Use Drones To Spot Illegal Foxhunting

The League Against Cruel Sports, a British organization devoted to preventing cruelty against animals in the name of sport, intends to use unmanned aerial systems to catch groups using hounds to hunt live foxes as well as those who engage in hare coursing or badger baiting.

Since 2005, it has been illegal to hunt foxes in England and Wales. Scotland outlawed foxhunting in 2002. Instead, hunts must lay a drag of artificial scent for hounds to follow. However, hounds may still pick up on a live fox’s scent.

March 19, 2013

Junior Johnson Is Still Moving Forward

A lifetime in the horse industry has taught this well-known hunter breeding handler much more than how to stand a horse up on the line.

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