equine welfare

Churchill Downs Outlines Future Plans, ‘Commitment To Equine And Jockey Safety’

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) today announced significant initiatives to improve safety protocols and procedures ahead of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. These initiatives highlight the company’s strong and ongoing commitment to equine and jockey safety. Churchill Downs’ initiatives include:  ·        Investing $8 million to build a state-of-the-art Equine Medical Center, Quarantine Facility and […]

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Parker Hit With Nine More Animal Cruelty Charges In Continued Fallout From Louisiana Rescue Case

Things got more complicated this week for Hal W. Parker, the Louisiana horseman who boarded and quarantined horses for a kill pen rescue in 2018. Parker, 60, of Haile, La., has been hit with nine animal cruelty charges — seven for malnourished horses found on his property, and two for horses who were seized and […]

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Commentary: Shut Down Of Racing In California Could Lead To Big Aftercare Problem

In the sea of editorials and outrage about the current spike in equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park, one horsewoman points out we may all be overlooking something important. In a commentary published Thursday on the blog Decidedly Equestrian, writer Rachel Masen points out that while animal rights activists call for an end to racing […]

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Zoetis Donates Vaccines To ASPCA Help A Horse Home Contestants 

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has announced an exciting partnership with Zoetis US LLC to reduce the medical costs for the agencies participating in the annual Help a Horse Home: ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge. Zoetis will donate their new vaccine CORE EQ Innovator™ for every equine adopted during the two-month […]

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Louisiana Man Charged With 18 Counts Of Cruelty To Animals After Horses Seized By Sheriff

Following the announcement last week that 18 horses had been seized from a Ptikin, La., property, the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook Wednesday that they have charged a man with 18 counts of cruelty to animals. Gary Thompson, 64, of Pitkin, was arrested March 20. According to the social media post, Thompson’s bond […]

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‘No Breakdowns’: New Rillito Equine Wellness Program Gets Positive Results

One of the first programs of its kind in the country, Rillito Race Track implemented an Equine Wellness Program during the 2019 Winter Meet. The program was a resounding success as there were no horse breakdowns during 96 races at the meet this year. “A couple years ago as Rillito was opening for the season […]

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Lamoreaux To ‘Industry Bigwigs’: Time To Stand Up, Unify And Be Counted

“I just like to be there when the charge begins, whether the horses emerge from the starting gate, walk up to a tape as they used to when I was a boy, or come bursting out of a clump of trees at Auteuil steeplechase course in Paris.” Ah, the good old days half a century […]

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‘Our Circle Keeps Shrinking’: An Open Letter To The Thoroughbred Industry

Erin O’Keefe is the customer relations manager for Millennium Farms in Lexington, Ky., serves as vice-president of aftercare placement for the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization, and is an adviser to a national racing syndicate. She previously worked at Darby Dan and Taylor Made farms, as well as Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Why is it […]

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Santa Anita Breakdowns: Your Questions, Answered

Throughout this week, our coverage of Santa Anita’s spike in equine fatalities and subsequent indefinite closure has prompted all kinds of questions, comments, and theories from readers. Some are casual followers of the sport, just trying to get a handle on what’s happening, while others are more long-term fans with questions about the underlying cause. […]

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Equine Fatalities In Kentucky Were Up In 2018, And No One Is Quite Sure Why

Kentucky, which has traditionally tracked slightly better than the national average on race-related fatalities, closed out 2018 with a significant increase, and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff are stumped. Figures presented at a KHRC meeting Feb. 19 showed there were 36 fatalities in the state in 2018, compared with 20 the previous year. That figure […]

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