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Back Country Horsemen of America Tackles the Tough Challenges at Annual Meeting
by Sarah Wynne Jackson

After over 40 years of keeping trails open for horse use, Back Country Horsemen of America still stands up for the recreational horseback rider who ambles about the front country for an hour or two, as well as the outfitter with a six-mule pack string and no plans with civilization for the next month. In addition to countless hours of trail maintenance, BCHers meet regularly to make sure they’re doing all they can to protect our right to ride horses on public lands.

Back Country Horsemen of America will be holding their annual board meeting April 22-25, 2018, in Airway Heights, Washington. Instead of having outside speakers address the Board, this year they’ll be working together to identify regional and national issues that need attention and brainstorm solutions. With this information, the committees will formulate action plans in the areas of Education, Media & Marketing, Expansion, Fundraising, Volunteer Hours, State & National Public Lands, and Partnerships/Advocacy for the remainder of 2018 and 2019. Read the full article...

AHCF Announces Results of 2017 Economic Impact Study

The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) is pleased to announce the results of its anticipated 2017 Economic Impact Study of the U.S. Horse Industry. The AHCF would like to thank The Innovation Group for their work on this important study.

The equine industry in the U.S. generates approximately $122 billion in total economic impact, an increase from $102 billion in the 2005 Economic Impact Study. The industry also provides a total employment impact of 1.74 million, and generates $79 billion in total salaries, wages, and benefits. The current number of horses in the United States stands at 7.2 million. Texas, California, and Florida continue to be the top three states with the highest population of horses. Read the full article....

Interscholastic Equestrian Association Sets Membership Record for 16th Consecutive Year

Celebrating its 16th competition season, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), has again set a record for membership. This season (2017-2018), membership is nearly 14,000. While the highest concentration of members is East of the Mississippi; the Western states are experiencing a greater percentage of growth. A new membership category-Junior Contributing Member-also attracted many new IEA participants. Read the full article..

2018 NRHA Convention & Awards Concludes in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The third annual National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Convention & Awards concluded February 10, and after four days of education, constructive discussion and networking, the event was clearly deemed a success. The convention started with NRHA Executive Committee and NRHA Board of Directors meetings, which set a productive tone for the rest of the week.

The NRHA Board of Directors had their first reading of 2019 proposed rule changes, received an update on the 2018 European Summit that was held earlier this year, approved the 2018 NRHA Derby schedule and also got a first-hand demonstration of the information technology rebuild project. NRHA Directors also had the opportunity to give an update on their region including successes and challenges they are currently facing. The board also approved for the well-received NRHA Pro Trainer magazine to move to a quarterly publication and allocated the necessay resources to ensure current NRHA Professionals receive the publication. Read the full article...

EHV-1 Outbreaks

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed the 4 yr old TB filly displaying neurologic signs on February 15, 2018 tested positive for EHV-1 “A” strain by PCR. This filly was euthanized on February16, 2018. Exposed horses in Barn 10 at Belmont Park continue to be quarantined and monitored. An epidemiological investigation has been initiated. State animal health officials and racing officials continue to monitor the situation. 

On Friday, February 16, 2018 the Kentucky Department of Agriculture quarantined Barn 30 (in addition to Barn 3 that was quarantined earlier this week, and Barn 7 that is being used to house positive horses) at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington following a horse in that barn being confirmed positive for EHV-1 ‘wild type’.  The 3-year old Thoroughbred filly tested PCR positive on both nasal swab and blood. The patient, after presenting with a fever, was moved from the barn into isolation and precautionary measures implemented on Thursday evening.  With the confirmation of EHV1 on Friday Barn 30 was quarantined, perimeter fencing to control movement in and around the barn area erected, guarded security placed on the barn and biosecurity procedures implemented at ALERT status. 

EHV-1 is one of the most common strains of equine herpes virus and is known to cause respiratory disease, as well as outbreaks of abortions and neurologic disease.

As this disease is primarily spread through sneezing/coughing it is important to avoid horse-to-horse contact. Be sure not to cross contaminate with shared feed, water, barn tools, buckets etc. Also you can spread the disease through your own clothing as well as the horse’s tack.

Unfortunately once a horse has suffered an EHV1 attack it may become a silent shedder of the disease with the latency factor, particularly when a previously exposed horse becomes stressed.
Sadly, there is still no vaccine to protect against the neurologic form of EHV-1,3 so take appropriate biosecurity measures to help prevent exposure the spread of the disease.
Don't share tack and equipment and minimize stress on your horses. Always quarantine horses for 30 days before introducing them into your herd and clean and disinfect your horse trailer if you transport horses other than your own.

Contact your vet immediately if your horse exhibits any neurologic signs of the disease.

Coming Soon! The Latest Book from Catskill Horse Editor Nikki Alvin-Smith ~
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage

With a ton of experience horse breeding, importing, training horse and rider in dressage it Coming Soon! The Latest Book from Catskill Horse Editor Nikki Alvin-Smith ~
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressageis no big surprise that our own Nikki Alvin-Smith has been signed up to write a book on the topic. The book will be chock full of advice on everything dressage from horse selection to piaffe and passage training.

“I’ve always believed that every horse and rider can benefit from dressage training no matter what discipline they currently favor. The advanced levels are attainable for everyone and I love to take the mystique out of all horse training and provide a down to earth program for riders and horses of all abilities. My book will have a humorous touch with the ‘road map’ portion legend that will warn the rider when to put on the brakes or proceed with caution as they train their own horse through the various movements. Classical dressage training is fun and this title will include lots of anecdotal experiences I love to share including travel to buy horses abroad, competing abroad and clinic snafus that have happened during my career. I am thrilled at this opportunity!” said Nikki.

Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage is slated for release in Spring 2018 and will be available for purchase through and Amazon in both print and e-book format.

A Deeper Dive Into the AHC Foundation’s 2017 Economic Impact Study

(Washington, DC)- While the equine industry as a whole generates approximately $122 billion in total economic value, it’s commonly thought that the “big three” that are the primary economic drivers: Recreation, Racing, and Competition. However, the American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) felt it was also important to bring in a new sector of the industry’s economic impact: Working Horses.

“Traditional working horses remain an important part of the industry, and not just on American ranches,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “In cities like New York and even here in Washington, DC, it’s not uncommon to have horses patrolling the streets, allowing individuals access to horses that they may not have otherwise had. Horses can also be found pulling carriages and adding charm to America’s cities and historic destinations.” Read the full article...

Colic: Better Options, Better Outcomes

Although many colic cases are mild in nature, others can imperil your horse’s life and career and can require surgery. Today, because of advancements and innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of colic, the chances of survival and return to normal activity following colic surgery have never been better.

Colic signs should always be taken seriously, and although early symptomatic treatment will resolve many mild cases, if a horse fails to respond, it should be considered an emergency. The biggest controllable determinant for a successful surgical outcome is minimizing the duration of clinical signs before surgical intervention. Early correction of twisted intestines can obviate the need for costly resections (removal of sections of intestines). In addition, timely intervention can limit the collateral damage to the intestine, which can lead to serious disruptions in propulsive motility requiring lengthy hospital stays, increased cost and complications such as adhesions. Read the full article...

Cash In On Horizon Structures Rewards Program

So here we are in 2018 and perhaps this is the year you’ll add a new barn, run-in shed or indoor arena to your property. Winter is the perfect time to plan and whatever critters you have to house, Horizon Structures is ready to help you make your dreams a reality.

Horizon Structures is proud to have served many horse owners over the last decade, and the team at Horizon Structures treasures their reputation for providing a hassle free and positive customer service experience at reasonable prices with top notch Amish built structures. If you have an existing indoor arena, horse barn, kennel, coop, garage, shed, gazebo, pavilion, cabana, pergola that Horizon Structures has produced for you we’d like you to cash in on our Rewards Program.

Cash In On Horizon Structures Rewards Program

Here’s how it works. You simply refer a friend or family member to Horizon Structures for their building needs and we give them a $100 discount on any upgrade they would like to make to the structure. Once it is built, delivered and paid for, we send you a check for $100, our way of saying thanks for your support. Just be sure to have them mention your name when they call or email. Learn more about this program and also about how you can become one of our ‘map members’ and earn money from referrals on a regular basis by visiting

Horizon Structures is very proud of their stellar reputation, and word of mouth referrals are the best indicator of customer satisfaction. To date Horizon Structures Rewards Program has given out $25000.00. Don’t be shy, come join in!

If you are busy mapping out your plans for 2018 you are not alone. The team at Horizon Structures is very excited to be working on several new projects to be rolled out shortly:

• New ‘Horizon to the Rescue‘ Program.
• Horizon Structures will continue to work with the renowned Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Sante Fe, CA.
• New indoor arena packages will be available Spring 2018.
• Horizon Structures will continue to extend work with K9 trainers and vet clinics, Therapeutic Riding Programs for their housing needs.

So please watch this space!

Horizon Structures Inc., Atglen PA – Modular horse barn and indoor riding arena specialists. Please visit to learn more.

UHC Publishes Estate Planning Guide
Provides valuable information on preparing for the future
(Washington, DC)- The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is pleased to announce a new publication, “Estate Planning: A Guide for Equine Owners,” is now available.
“Unfortunately, the UHC receives quite a few calls about horses whose owners have passed away, and the next of kin or friend is unsure what exactly to do with the horse, or even lacks the knowledge to care for the horse,” said UHC Director Ashley Furst. “The UHC is often looked towards as a resource for information, so we felt publishing a guide to Estate Planning would help expand our message of what Owning Responsibly entails. While estate planning can certainly be a tough subject to talk about, we feel horse owners will find the brochure to be a very helpful guide when it comes to planning for the future.”
The Estate Planning Guide examines the differences between setting up a trust versus simply naming the horse in your will, the different types of trusts available, as well as other considerations to keep in mind such as registration papers and medical records for the horse, equipment, land, and your equine business.
“The UHC intends this to be a general guide for estate planning as it applies to your horses, and we certainly recommend contacting a knowledgeable equine attorney to guide you through the details of estate planning involving your equine,” said Ms. Furst.
A pdf of the brochure can be found on the UHC’s website here: , and hard copies of the brochure are also available upon request. If you or your organization is interested in receiving copies, please email Ashley Furst at
View Article on UHC Website

Know Before You Show: 
New Rules for the New Competition Year

Below are important rule changes that were approved by the USEF Board of Directors in January that will be effective for the 2017 competition year. Please take the time to review these important updates that were developed with horse and rider well-being and safety, fairness of play, and enhancing the competitive experience in mind. Read the full article...

Equine Disease Communication Center Launches Outbreak Alert E-mail Service
Owners, trainers, veterinarians and other equine industry participants can be alerted to infectious disease outbreaks and updates through an e-mail notification system recently implemented by the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC), an industry-funded hub for efficient communication of information about equine infectious diseases and disease outbreaks.
The EDCC’s Outbreak Alert e-mail service advises subscribers when an infectious disease outbreak is confirmed or an update to a previously reported outbreak is available, such as when a quarantine has been lifted. Each e-mail includes a link to the Disease Outbreak Alerts page of the EDCC website for detailed information about the alert. 
The e-mail alerts are available at no charge as a service to the industry; subscribe through the EDCC Mailing List link at Alerts and other information are also posted on the EDCC’s social media platforms. “Like” the EDCC on Facebook at and follow @EquineDiseaseCC on Twitter.
The EDCC is based in Lexington, Ky., at the AAEP’s headquarters with website and call center hosting provided by the United States Equestrian Federation. The EDCC is funded entirely through the generosity of organizations, industry stakeholders and horse owners. To learn how you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the EDCC, visit and click the Sponsors link.

Standing a Stallion? Cash in on a FREE listing in Catskill Horse Stallion Directory

The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse continues to add more resources to the magazine to service regional horse businesses and horse owners with the addition of a Stallion Directory.
To grab your free listing as a stallion owner please submit the following via email to us at :-
Stallion Name:
Bloodlines to 3 generations:
Registry of Stallion: GOV/VHW etc.
20 words or less highlighting his credentials:
Stud Fee: Up to you whether you want to list or show as Private Treaty
Location where stallion stands:  Town/State ( Your full address if you wish published)
Contact Name:
Contact Tel #:
Contact Email:
Website address:
And most importantly a great photo! Must be copyright released to us by photographer if not your own to release.

Degas BridleThe Horse Studio, The International Equestrian Shop Launches New Year Round Charity Campaign

Pick your favorite charity, horse rescue/sanctuary, therapeutic riding program and send their name to the online tack store The Horse Studio and they will consider the charity for their giving campaign. The organization must be a registered 501c charity. A percentage of sales from the strap goods (bridles/halters/leather leads etc.) on their site will be donated to the charity.

Congratulations to the latest addition to the program, Northeast Hackney Rescue & Sanctuary, of Brookfield, New York. Simply add their name in the comments box of your order of any Masters line bridle or any leather halter and they will receive 5% of the proceeds from the item sold!


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