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Megan Brincks

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.

March 18, 2013

WCHR Adds West Coast Hunter Spectacular

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association World Championship Hunter Rider Task Force is launching the West Coast Hunter Spectacular, to be held on April 20.

The competition, part of the Flintridge Spring Classic in La Canada Flintridge, Calif., will include two rounds where professionals, juniors and amateurs compete head to head.

Created to mirror the excitement of the Palm Beach Spectacular (Fla.), the West Coast Spectacular will offer at least $30,000 in prize money.

March 18, 2013

FEI Proposes Four-Person Teams Across Disciplines For 2016 Olympics

Like the 2012 London Games, 200 horses will participate in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, set for Aug. 6-18, but fewer eventers will take to the field, allowing more dressage riders to compete.

The Federation Equestre International released a report of proposed changes to be discussed at the FEI Sports Forum, April 8-9, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

March 14, 2013

Junior Art Gallery Is Now Open

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.

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