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Annual report on Shackleford Banks horses released

At the end of 2020, 117 horses lived on the North Carolina barrier island, including two 27-year-old mares.

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Dechra Veterinary Products expands Equine portfolio with addition of Zimeta® (dipyrone injection)

Zimeta is the first and only approved drug to control fever in horses.

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Report concludes veterinarians should perform exams to detect soreness in Tennessee Walking Horses

The National Academies of Sciences report also recommends revising the scar rule.

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Equine Welfare Data Collective begins 2021 data drive

Information gathered from rescues, adoption centers, shelters and other organizations will be used to enhance programming for transitioning and at-risk equines.

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Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association's postseason shows canceled

The organization's board of directors voted to cancel several championship shows due to COVID-19 risks.

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Tennessee Equine Health Advisory Commission formed

The commission is charged with studying the status of equine health and emerging equine health issues.

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Free webinar series covers equine health topics from soundness to fever to toxic plants

The "Tuesday Talk" series from Virginia Tech begins on January 12 and runs through April.

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To Keep the West Wild: New Docuseries Explores the Endangered Lives of America’s Wild Horses

Combining beautiful cinematography with expert interviews, Wild Lands Wild Horses seeks to tell the story of America’s wild horses


Thoroughbred Racing Challenge 2021 unveiled

Each player of this free online game has the chance to win rare Secretariat "rookie" trading cards.

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Maryland Horse Industry Board announces 2021 grant recipients

More than $30,000 in funding awarded to 33 projects across the state,

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American Quarter Horse Foundation awards 39 Equine-Assisted Activities &Therapies Grants

The America’s Horse Cares grant program awards funding to centers that provide equine-assisted activities and therapies to individuals with special needs.

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Pennsylvania State Police seeks horse donations

The department is looking for horses between 16 and 18 hands, with a preference for draft and draft-crosses.

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Gunner becomes NRHA’s All-Time Leading Sire

The NRHA Hall of Fame inductee posthumously reached more than $12.6 million in sire earnings this year.

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First known hip replacement in horses deemed a success

The Miniature Horse arrived at the clinic with severe hindlimb lameness an irreparable dislocated and damaged left hip.

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FEI appoints new Jumping Director

Marco Fuste's his first task will be a full revision of the FEI Jumping Rules


Congress passes historic legislation to protect racehorses

This bill aims to reduce the fatalities and injuries among racehorses.

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2021 Harness Horse Youth Foundation scholarship applications available

The deadline for application is April 30, but early submission is encouraged.

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FEI appoints new Endurance Director

Christina Abu-Dayyeh, who has been Secretary General of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation since 2017, starts in the Federation role in April of 2021.

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Comparing equid skulls for insight into behavioral differences

Researchers hope the study can explain differences in behavior between horses an donkeys.

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University of Guelph offers free equine behavior and safety online course for kids

The self-paced course includes approximately two weeks worth of material and goes online in early February.

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Auburn University faculty clinician selected for 2020 Grand Prize My Vet Rocks Award

Dr. Sanchez-Londoño is honored for his clinical proficiency, communication skills and deep-seated commitment to owner and student education.

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More than $425,000 raised to advanced helmet research

Funds will support further research into U.S. helmet safety standards and the creation of an equestrian-specific rating system.

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All equestrian disciplines and quotas confirmed for Paris 2024

The approval means that equestrian will keep its quota of 75 athlete/horse combinations for jumping, 65 for eventing and 60 for dressage.

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International Museum of the Horse launches "African American Horse Stories" collaborative history website.

African Americans who currently work or have worked with horses, in any discipline, anywhere throughout the U.S. are invited to contribute their history to this remarkable historical collection.

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Churchill Downs releases 2021 Kentucky Derby artwork

Bold impressionistic realism artwork was done by Kentucky artist Ralph Fugate.

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Cornell's Equine Seminar Series presents "Is My Horse Lame? Identifying Subtle Lameness in Horses"

The virtual seminar is hosted on Zoom and open to the public and free, but registration is required.

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Equine Reproduction Service updates facilities at University of California, Davis

The new space will accommodate routine and advanced equine reproductive care.

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Certified Horsemanship Association celebrates school horses

Organization names Dallas, a 30-year-old gelding from Michigan, as their School Horse of the Year.

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Applications now open for 2021 Thoroughbred makeover

The Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in ten disciplines for recently-retired Thoroughbreds in their first year of retraining for a career after racing.

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Churchill Downs to undertake $10 million turf course replacement

The project will provide additional racing lanes; more durable, vigorous surface to allow more turf racing annually

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US Equestrian to Launch USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge Series

Athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 are invited to apply for the upcoming season, with competition opportunities spanning from early spring through late fall.


Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance grants $3.5 million to accredited organizations

Previous grants have helped accredited organizations assist more than 11,000 Thoroughbreds at approximately 170 facilities across North America.

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Inaugural Penn Vet New Bolton Center, MARS Equestrian research program to accelerate transformative advancements in equine musculoskeletal health

The Early Career Investigator program is providing aspiring veterinary researchers with an exceptional, multidimensional mentorship experience.


OTTB United App launches, connecting Thoroughbred buyers and sellers

The mobile app unites sellers, buyers and shippers of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and gives back to the Thoroughbred community.

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National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame announces the 2021 inductees

The incoming Hall of Fame members represent a wide range of cowgirls – from a country music superstar, to a world champion breakaway roper, a renowned artist, cowboy hat designer and an Olympic medalist.

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New podcast episode from Morris Animal Foundation highlights the equine obesity epidemic

Patricia Harris, VetMB, PhD discusses how to determine a horse’s body condition and offers strategies to prevent equine obesity.

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Godolphin, Thoroughbred Charities Of America launch mobile app for industry workers

The app creators hope to provide information to backstretch and farm workers about healthcare, dental services, immigration assistance and much more.

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When horses fly: New study to help develop health and well-being guidelines for air-transported horses

Funded by the Morris Animal Foundation, the study aims to to help develop equine air transport protocols that reduce the risk of injury and disease in traveling horses.


Indian fossils support new hypothesis for origin of hooved mammals, including the horse

New research describes a fossil family that illuminates the origin of perissodactyls, the group of mammals that includes horses, rhinos, and tapirs, and concludes they arose in or near present day India.

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University of Guelph Equine Industry Symposium Begins November 16

With a focus on overcoming challenges presented by the pandemic, this free event will be hosted as a series of live webinars each evening, but advanced registration is required.

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits 34 organizations

Accreditation, which makes groups eligible to receive financial grants to support the care of their Thoroughbreds, is awarded after an application and inspection process to ensure groups meet standards in five key areas.


Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) to promote visible, active allyship for BIPOC equestrians

The organization says it will "encourage riders to stand shoulder to shoulder to fight for equality and justice. Not quietly, not anonymously... but proudly and loudly."

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US Equestrian Extends COVID-19 Related Rule Modifications

Many of the COVID-19-related rule modifications implemented for the 2020 competition year have been reissued and will be effective December 1, 2020, through November 30, 2021.

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UC-Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Receives Highest Level of Accreditation

The laboratory performs dozens of genetic tests for horses, including those for various health conditions and coat colors.


Pony Club Announces Dates for the 2021 Virtual Equine Symposium and Convention

Educational workshops are scheduled on a variety of topics, including horse health, nutrition, horsemanship and tack.


American Horse Council Appoints New Trustee and Elects Leadership

Tom O'Mara, the newest trustee, is also incoming Board President at the United States Equestrian Federation.


University of Minnesota Extension Offering Online Horse Certificate Courses in 2021

The six-week courses begin January 4 and include topics such as biosecurity, manure management, and basic horse nutrition.


BraveHearts Honors Military Heroes with Veterans Day Events

Virtual and live equine events planned to commemorate Veterans Day, November 11 and raise awareness of veteran suicide epidemic.


Poll shows support for anti-soring legislation

Kentuckians oppose horse soring and support the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (S. 1007/H.R. 693)


Free colic prevention and physical therapy webinars from Virginia Tech

Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center to Hold Virtual Events in November