The National Uniform Medication Program wasn't on the agenda at the recent American Horse Council convention, but progress on that front was addressed during forums and in conversations among attendees.
Declines in the number of foals and registered horses have created challenges for the equine industry at large, though the situation has raised another major question: Where have all the owners gone?
The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal year 2015 agriculture appropriations bill that impacts the horse industry, the American Horse Council reported May 28.
The odds for Congress passing legislation related to equine medication and Internet gambling this year are long, a Washington, D.C.-based official said May 1 during the University of Kentucky Equine Law Conference.
"Where Have All the Horses Gone" is the theme for the American Horse Council's 2014 National Issues Forum held June 24 in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the AHC's annual meeting.
- By Tom LaMarra
Two Republican members of Congress have introduced legislation that would ban Internet gambling by restoring the original interpretation of the federal Wire Act.
Bruce and Cass Maller's Highlander Racing Stables mare E Z Kitty took home 2013 Horse of the Year honors at the Washington champions annual awards banquet held Feb. 22 at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.
The first reported foal for grade II winner Atta Boy Roy, a bay colt, was born Feb. 8 at Griffin Place near Buckley, Wash.
The American Horse Council reported more than 60 tax provisions expired; some applied to all businesses, including the horse industry, and one was specifically applicable to owners of racehorses.
Emerald Downs will offer 75 live racing programs this year from April 12-Sept. 28, primarily on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule.
The Maryland-based Days End Farm Horse Rescue's emergency rescue team deployed to Spokane, Wash., at the request of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Nov. 18 to help 63 malnourished horses.
Washington's Thoroughbred Showcase--featuring more than 30 former racehorses to prospective new owners--will be held Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's political action committee cleared the $3 million mark, the organization said Aug. 20.
The 5-year-old British Columbia-bred gelding wins his first graded stakes in the Emerald Downs feature. He has now won 10 races in 13 lifetime starts.
Multiple stakes winner Nationhood celebrated his first winner when 2-year-old Zafari Nation bested her five rivals in a 4 1/2 furlong maiden claiming sprint for juvenile fillies at Emerald Downs July 13.
Two-time grade I-placed Dunkirk had his first winner in the U.S. with Kendini, when the gelding captured a 4 1/2 furlong maiden claiming race at Emerald Downs June 16 in his career debut.
If you've ever dreamed about training a Thoroughbred, the Prodigious Fund at Emerald Downs in Washington state might make that dream come true.
The focus of this year's American Horse Council National Issues Forum will be "A Healthy Horse, A Healthy Industry," officials recently announced.
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association will hold its 2013 summer sale on Tuesday, Aug. 20, two weeks earlier than its past traditional Labor Day date.
Jockey Mallory Strandberg won the first race of her career March 22 when she guided Light Of Truth to victory in the first race at Laurel Park in Maryland.
The first reported foal by Washington stallion Rallying Cry is a filly born Feb. 3.
A 29-race stakes schedule featuring the 78th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III), four stakes double-headers, and Washington Cup XI highlight the 2013 Emerald Downs meet.
Gibson Thoroughbred Farm in Washington state has purchased War Power, a multiple winner by Pulpit out of a half sister to 2012 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Union Rags.
Karl Krieg's 3-year-old homebred Makors Finale captured the Horse of the Year title for 2012 at the Washington Champions Annual Awards banquet held the night of Feb. 16 at Emerald Downs.
Emerald Downs has announced a 75-day live racing season for 2013, beginning April 19 and closing Sept. 29.
Grade II winner Atta Boy Roy, one of the fastest Thoroughbreds in Washington state history, capped a brilliant career with a runner-up finish Feb. 1 in the Swift Stakes at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.
Joe Pirone, one of the most recognized figures in Washington horse racing and breeding, died Jan. 10 after a brief illness at the age of 64.
Patricia Murphy's Irish Toast, the 2009 Washington Broodmare of the Year, has been pensioned and will spend her retirement time at her owner's Time Wise Farm near La Center in the Evergreen State.
Gagliano has been the president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, the breed registry for all Thoroughbred horses in North America, since Jan. 1, 2010.
Frank Gaunt, a successful owner at Emerald Downs, died Dec. 22 of cancer. He was 81.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association reported that 41 of the 44 federal candidates it supported through its political action committee in 2011-12 won their seats in the Nov. 6 election.
The State of Washington will have one of its own to root for in the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Mike Feuerborn's Class Included is pre-entered in both the Ladies Classic and the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Trickey Trevor, a grade II winner at Churchill Downs, sired his first winner when his 2-year-old daughter Finding More won at Woodbine Sept. 8.
Jockey Gallyn Mitchell, the all-time leading rider at Emerald Downs, is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a severe fracture in his right hand.
Three individuals and two horses have been selected for induction into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame this year.
The Jockey Club isn't opposed to federal regulation of medication and penalties in horse racing but it would prefer Congress not tinker with the Interstate Horse Racing Act, an organization official said July 12.
Jim Shoemake has been elected chairman of the American Horse Council board of trustees, the organization announced July 10.
Madelyn Millard, who manages the equine division at Waterwild Farm near Lexington, has been awarded this year's Van Ness Award for leadership and service to the horse community in Kentucky.
Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash., has announced a 5% increase in overnight purses effective July 3. The increase, which does not affect the track's stakes, is retroactive to the April 13 opening day of the meet.
The United States Department of Labor has issued a rule on the H-2B temporary worker guest program that has ramifications for the horse industry, the American Horse Council reported April 17.
Shauna Ferguson, trainer and part owner of Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) winner Kid Katabatic, died Monday after a riding accident at Keenebridge Farm in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
Racing will get underway Friday at Emerald Downs with 62 horses entered for the eight-race card.
Lou Tice, a veteran owner who raced 2009 Emerald Downs' horse of the meeting Assessment, died Sunday in Seattle after a short illness.
Bud Klokstad, a member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame and trainer of 1983 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Chinook Pass, dies at 79 at his home in Richmond, Calif.
The first mares bred to stakes winner Rallying Cry have been checked in foal.
The Washington Racing Hall of Fame has released its annual list of finalists for the state's highest honor in Thoroughbred racing.
Noosa Beach was honored as the 2011 Washington Horse of the Year and a champion in two other divisions at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association awards banquet
Midnight Casanova, son of Pleasantly Perfect, topped the Pegasus Thoroughbreds sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 7, bringing $125,000.
Dr. Mark Dedomenico's Blind Luck, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2010, has been officially retired from racing and booked to Darley stallion Bernardini.
Paul Frey, who rode 2,478 winners and captured riding titles at Longacres in 1964 and 1966, died of pneumonia Jan. 14 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.
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