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JANUARY 13, 2017

AHC Washington Update

USDA Announces Final Horse Protection Act Rule

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced final regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA was passed in 1970 to stop the cruel practice of “soring” horses that was occurring in some sectors of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse and Spotted Saddle Horse industry.

Please click on the link below to read the entire article on the AHC's website.

USDA Announces Final Horse Protection Act Rule

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NOVEMBER 17, 2016

AHC WASHINGTON UPDATE
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Congress Passes National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act 

Today, the Senate passed the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845 S.1110). This follows House passage of the bill earlier this fall.  The bill, introduced by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many National Forests, including equestrians. 
The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation and passage of this bill.

The AHC is pleased Congress has approved this important legislation.  The AHC would like to thank Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) for their leadership and work to pass this bill.

The bill directs the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails.  It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees.   Additionally, the bill will address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and will direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.

In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding. 

The President is expected to sign the bill into law in the near future.

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AHC WASHINGTON UPDATE - AHC Submits Comments on Proposed Horse Protection Act Regulations

October 25, 2016

The American Horse Council (AHC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The AHC supports taking action to strengthen HPA regulations, but in its comments requested USDA make several important improvements to proposed rule.

Please click on the link below to be redirected to the AHC website page for the entire update article and a link to the AHC's full comments.

AHC WASHINGTON UPDATE ARTICLE & COMMENTS


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Governor Dodge State Park - Press Release

July 25, 2016

How about one last chance for some “Horsin’ Around" before school starts? Here’s an
opportunity for kids in grades 1-8 to join experienced horse owners and educators at Governor
Dodge State Park for a morning of fun and learning! The event will be held at the Trails End
Picnic Shelter (adjacent to the horse campground) on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to
noon. Participants will enjoy fun activities, games, and hands-on experiences while they become
familiar with the general characteristics of horses, communicating with horses, and safely
handling and grooming horses. The cost for this mini-camp is $20 and includes horse related
instructional activities, games, crafts, and a healthy snack. All proceeds will benefit much needed
equestrian projects at Governor Dodge State Park. Contact govdodgehorses@gmail.com for
more information or to register.


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Unwanted Horse Coalition Press Release 2016

June 20, 2016

For Immediate Release - Please click on the link below to access the Unwanted Horse Coalition's most current Press Release.

UNWANTED HORSE COALITION PRESS RELEASE - PDF


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Equine Diseases Forum 2016 White Paper Now Available

June 9, 2016

For Immediate Release - Please click on the links below to access the Equine Diseases Forum Press Release and White Paper.

EQUINE DISEASES FORUM PRESS RELEASE - PDF

WHITE PAPER - PDF


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Washington Update - American Horse Council

Vet Mobility Act Signed Into Law

On Friday, August 1, President Obama signed into law an American Horse Council (AHC) supported bill, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, making it legal for veterinarians to provide the care necessary to horses away from their licensed place of practice and across state lines.

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AHC Press Release - Support for the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) Needed

The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) (S.1406/H.R. 1518), which would strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and prevent the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses, has continued to gain support in Congress. However, members of the horse community need to take action if we hope to push this important bill over the finish line.

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Washington Update - American Horse Council

USDA Proposes to Remove Saudi Arabia from AHS-Affected Countries
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA or Department) has proposed to change the federal import rules to remove Saudi Arabia from the list of countries affected by African Horse Sickness (AHS). African Horse Sickness is a highly contagious and deadly disease that affects horses, donkeys, and mules.

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American Horse Council Annual Convention

The American Horse Council's National Issues Forum, sponsored to Luitpold, the makers of Adequan, was held on June 24th in Washington D.C., and featured panels from across the horse industry on "Where Have All the Horses Gone."

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American Horse Council News

Feds Waive Mandatory 30-Minute Break Period for Drivers Hauling Livestock

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United Horsemen's Alert: Time for the horse world to speak up and speak out!

The HSUS-driven animal rights attacks on the horse business just keep coming.

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Alliant Energy Center Renovation Update...

Click below for the newest updates regarding the upcoming renovations at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Transportation Waives Break Requirement for Transport of Livestock

FMCSA granted the request of the livestock industry to waive the mandatory 30-minute break provision in the Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations for the transportation of livestock.

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News Release from DATCP - Excessive Moisture Brings Out Mosquitoes and Heightens Risk of Illness Among Horses

Please click below to read the DATCP News Release from 7-18-13.

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Upgraded Plan for Alliant Energy Center Barns Gets Governor's Approval

An expanded plan to turn the barns at the Dane County-owned Alliant Energy Center into year-round, multi-purpose facilities has earned the approval of Gov. Scott Walker.

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AHC Washington Update - USDA Conducting Census of Agriculture, Including Horses

January 7, 2013 AHC Washington Update. Click below to read information regarding the Agriculture Census, which includes horses.

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Equine Feed Bank Program Started

The Wisconsin Horse Council (WHC) has initiated a program to assist families and individuals that have fallen on temporary hard times in providing feed for their horses and/or other equine.

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DATCP News Release Regarding Encephalitis in Northwest Wisconsin

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DATCP News Release Regarding Encephalitis in Northwest Wisconsin

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AHC National Issues Forum to Focus on New Tenor in Congress

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Announcements and Notices

WHC Horsemen's Calendar of Upcoming Events

Want to know what equine related events and activities are going on in your area? Please click on the heading above to access a list of up-coming events and a form that you can complete and send to us to have your equine related activity added to this new calendar!

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Recreational Trail Aids (RTA) Program

This is a federal program administered in all states. Municipal governments and incorporated organizations are eligible to receive reimbursement for development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses.

Legal Transportation of Horses Across State Lines

WHC would like to share this important information with you courtesy of InStride Edition, www.InStrideEdition.com. Please click here to access this excellent article.

Attention All WHC Members

Important information for all WHC Members! Please click below to read the details.

Great News for WHC Members!

Did you know that if you are a member of the Wisconsin Horse Council (WHC), you are also eligible for the American Horse Council's (AHC) Advantage Plan?


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