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September 26, 2005

U.S. Senate Votes To End Horse-Slaughter Inspection Funding

On Sept. 20 the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly (68 to 29) in favor of an amendment to bar federal funds from being used to facilitate the slaughter of horses.

This means that there won't be any funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect the three foreign-owned slaughter plants in the United States, and no slaughter for human consumption can take place without USDA inspections.

September 8, 2005

Bill Moroney In The Tack Room

Bill Moroney, president of the U.S. Hunter/Jumper Association, answers questions on the USEF rule requiring ASTM/SEI helmets in all hunter/jumper divisions, as of Dec. 1.

Moroney has been USHJA president since its formation in 2004. He's  a respected trainer and a frequent contributor to the Chronicle's Between Rounds column.

May 3, 2005

Texas A&M Clones An Unidentified "Champion"

Researchers at Texas A&M University have produced the clone of a champion horse, the first such horse born in the United States. The bay foal was born on March 13 and announced on April 27 in College Station, Texas.

March 7, 2005

Nicole Shahinian Simpson Secures First West Coast World Cup Slot

Nicole Shahinian Simpson, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., has assured herself of a place at the FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas, the first rider from the USA West Coast League to do so. Her third-placed performance on El Campeon

March 7, 2005

Werth Nails Down Neumunster World Cup Qualifier

Isabell Werth and her veteran Antony FRH won the World Cup Grand Prix freestyle qualifier (79.38%) at Neumunster, Germany, this weekend, Feb. 18-20. Werth, the World Cup winner in 1992, now stands tied for seventh in the current Western European League standings.

Jan Brink of Sweden, and Bjorsells Briar were second (78.85%), and the Danish duo of Andreas Helgstrand and Blue Hors Cavan finished third (78.63%).

"It was as if 'Tony' just heard the music and put such fire and emotion into it

March 7, 2005

New Leader In World Cup West Coast League

With only two FEI Show Jumping World Cup qualifiers left on the schedule for the U.S. West Coast League, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson upped the ante by winning the $75,000 Bayer Grand Prix, Indio, Calif., Feb. 11-13. That victory gave her the top spot in the league standings, 15 points ahead of second-ranked Joie Gatlin (66 points).

Simpson and El Campeon

March 7, 2005

New Leader In World Cup West Coast League

With only two FEI Show Jumping World Cup qualifiers left on the schedule for the U.S. West Coast League, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson upped the ante by winning the $75,000 Bayer Grand Prix, Indio, Calif., Feb. 11-13. That victory gave her the top spot in the league standings, 15 points ahead of second-ranked Joie Gatlin (66 points).

Simpson and El Campeon

March 7, 2005

Lund Climbs To 10th With Vigo World Cup Score

Tina Lund

March 7, 2005

Bourdy Bags Bordeaux World Cup Victory

French rider Hubert Bourdy and VDL Groep Eve des Etisses secured first place by just .25 second in the Bordeaux CSI-W, Bordeaux, France, Feb. 4-6, as many favorites failed to reach the jump-off.

Ten riders jumped clear in the ninth leg of FEI Show Jumping World Cup qualifiers. The first four riders in the jump-off each collected 4 faults, so when Bourdy, fifth into the ring, finished clear in 38.43 seconds, the hometown crowd went wild. Bourdy said his mare is "as capable of the best as of the worst.

February 4, 2005

Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Reintroduced To Congress

The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act has been reintroduced to Congress as bill H.R. 503. Initially introduced by Republican John E. Sweeney of New York as The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 857), the bill gained bipartisan support in 2004, garnering some 226 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Although it only takes 218 votes to pass legislation on the floor, the bill bogged down in the Agriculture Committee and never reached the floor for debate or a vote.

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