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.
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.
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.
For the 18th consecutive year, the Chronicle will present the Junior Art Gallery in our annual Junior And Pony Issue, published on June 24. All readers 18 years and younger may submit entries for our consideration.
Artistic submissions must be related to sport with either horse or hound. They can be any medium, except photographs. We’ll consider original artwork, high-quality reproductions of artwork, or high-quality photos of artwork.
Five-star judge Axel Steiner will conclude his career as an FEI judge at the end of 2013, but he plans to continue judging nationally for the foreseeable future.
Last weekend, March 1-3, Steiner officiated at the Palm Beach Derby CDI-W (Fla.), which celebrated its 30th anniversary. Steiner judged the first Palm Beach Derby, and a slight mix-up sparked rumors that it was his last trip to the judge’s box.