Member of the American Horse Council
Eddie Armstrong- WSHC Legislative Representative
We are very busy in the Horse Council with all the issues affecting the horse industry in the state as well as at the National level.
Within the state we are working on the mainstream of funding in the Governor’s Budget which provides funds for State Parks and Department of Natural Resources. This is something we need to assume that all legislators feel is a good idea, as well as a desperate need. There are many issues ranging from open space, irrigation water, animal identification, manure disposal, stream setbacks, livestock nutrients, concentrated animal feeding operations, and agriculture taxation issues, which will bear careful watching.
The Animal Rights folks are on the scene with a legislative proposal, HB 1499, that would take away or impede normal animal husbandry practices as well as barring a livestock owner being allowed to take immediate action against marauding stray dogs, chasing or killing your livestock. There are some good features in the proposal that we can support, such as stiffer penalties for people who deliberately torture, maimed, kill, abuse, starve to death, etc. animals. We and the state veterinarian have testified to ask for the removal of those parts of the proposal that would be detrimental to the agriculture community.
The federal government is in the process of making traceability of all animals to point of origin a primary focus as a result of the recent cases of Mad Cow disease. There are many herds of cattle in the seven western states on a pilot program using metallic ear tags as well as a large plastic ones. These tags identify state, original owner, and the animal ID number. This is similar to Social Security numbers for people. Chickens will have a flock number and all other animals will have ID numbers.
It is thought the brand in horses will be sufficient from point of origin, but upon transfer or sale, we are working with Washington State Department of Agriculture to come up with the next phase. We will need industry input if we are to have a successful program that horse owners can support.
Once again the Animal Rights folks at the national level, have re-introduced the slaughter bill, H.R. 503 and the purpose continues to be of concern when we see : prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. In addition this bill now gives authority to: DETAIN FOR EXAMINATION, TESTING, OR TAKING OF EVIDENCE- ANY HORSE AT ANY HORSE SHOW, HORSE EXHIBITION, SALE OR AUCTION WHICH IS SORE AND HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE IS BEING SOLD IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW. Time for everyone to get on the phone and voice your concern for this bill. We do need laws that protect our friends from theft and sale to slaughter, but this law does not do that nor will it provide adequate financial resources for confiscated animals or certification of rescue facilities. Having an improved identification system for tracking ownership is vital to the protection of our animals. We need to protect our right to manage our animals and decide when and how we will provide for their humane disposal. We don’t need special interest groups interfering with our individual right to decide how we will manage our animals and what we will eat, for if it is cruel to eat horses why then not the cuddly rabbit, innocent lamb or soft eyed cow. I have managed the humane disposal of my old horses in the past and feel I am perfectly capable of continuing to make those decisions.
Horse Council Fund Raisers Will Benefit WSU Vet Program
Sharon Call – WSHC NEWS
Members of the horse community met on Monday, February 7, to discuss activities to raise funds for the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Program. This program has seen a 76% reduction in state funding and is currently funded through state educational funds, gifts and grants.
As a member of the WSU Equine Health Advisory Board, the Horse Council has offered to gather equine groups and provide leadership of fund raising events to benefit the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
A prize ride and WSH “B” system approved horse show are in the planning stages as fund raisers. The prize ride, “RIDE FOR RESEARCH” has been scheduled for July 22-23-24 at the Evergreen Sportsman’s Club in Capitol Forest and the horse show “WSU BENEFIT HORSE SHOW “is to be held Labor Day Weekend at the Kitsap Saddle Club in Port Orchard. These activities give a wide range of activities the horse community can support with a donation or through participation in these events.
WSU is hoping to develop a stronger
relationship between the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Program
and each of the many horse groups in the state to advance the health and
The school is the fifth (5th) oldest vet school in the nation and the only school to have an magnetic resonance imaging equipment capable of evaluating lameness and neurological disorders in horses. This equipment has rapidly moved WSU to the forefront of veterinary medicine and has changed diagnosis and treatment of horses with lameness problems that cannot be readily diagnosed from traditional radiograph. The information gained as a result of this technology is of interest to equine practitioners and horse owners.
In addition the school has the capability of diagnosis of upper airway problems through use of an endoscopy and equine treadmill, which is also valuable in the diagnosis of heart, lung and muscle disorders. They currently have ongoing studies of Equine Pain Management, Nutrition and Navicular, all issues of interest to horse owners that deserve our support.
The Coalition is the founder and chief advocate for the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program (WWRP), a state grant program that helps communities fund new parks, trails and public lands. Most new state funding for WDFW, DNR and State Park acquisitions also comes from this program
In 2005, the Coalition will lobby the legislature for a $60 million appropriations to fund the best of 122 park and habitat grant proposals. They will also try to expand the WWRP grant program by reintroducing legislation to protect and restore land along our rivers and streams, and to conserve precious farmland.
example of the current proposals for funding is the Centennial Trail,
Despite the success in funding the WWRP projects, our growing population needs more parks and trails and precious habitat for many species is rapidly disappearing. As the price of land, and the size of our population increases, WWRP funding needs to increase, too! Please contact your legislators to support our request. It makes sense to build parks when people need jobs and to buy land when interest rates are low. To find out who your legislators are, visit www.leg.wa.gov and email them or call the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000.
American Warmblood Society Announces Seminar and Inspection Dates
AWS News Release
An Inspection and Branding will be held in
a Sport Horse Breeding Seminar Format at Wildwood Farm in
The American Warmblood Society’s Inspections are offered in an educational format. The initial Inspection is always free to AWS registered horses. Come learn about good Sport Horse qualities for performance and/or breeding through open discussion. All horses are to be shown IN-Hand. Observers are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Inspection Seminars will be limited to 30 entries with the top three scoring registered horses ( regardless of age) receiving the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The AWS designations are: Supreme 80% or higher, Blue Preferred 75% - 79.99%, Red Preferred 67% - 74.99%, Certified 62% - 66.99%.
All American Warmbloods are required to satisfy registration performance requirements. This inspection is one of the seven ways to satisfy the requirements with a 62% or higher score. The performance requirement can also be satisfied through Dressage, Eventing, Combined Driving, Show Jumping, Sport Horse In-Hand classes or through AWS registered foals performance records.
limited to 30 and must be sent to the AWS office postmarked at least 15 days
prior to the inspection date, or pay a $50 rush fee. For registration forms or to observe the
inspections please contact Heather Carder of Wildwood Farm 360/ 675-3474 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org and Victoria Bearden of
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