Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Representative Raul Grijalva, is leading the charge along with a group of bipartisan legislators to stop Congress from funding the insidious “Path Forward,” a plan for mass removals of wild horses and burros from our public lands.
Chairman Grijalva’s campaign calls upon Congress to:
- Limit new fiscal appropriations to the $6 million appropriated by the House
- Add language that mandates the $6 million be spent on humane, reversible fertility control
- Add a prohibition against surgical sterilization
Chairman Grijalva rightly states that “Fundamental changes to existing law should not be done in spending bills without hearings, testimony, evidence, and due consideration by the authorizing committee tasked with these responsibilities.” With this statement he strikes back against the lobbyists and private interest groups trying to push this disastrous plan through Congress without going through the appropriate channels.
So what does this mean? It means your hard work, your action, your lending your voice to this cause is working. Chairman Grijalva and 11 other bipartisan members of Congress are standing up and calling BLM to task. We do have champions willing to stand up for our American icons in Congress, and your voices have led the charge for them to do so.
I’m reminded of a favorite quote from Margaret Mead:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Don’t ever forget that your efforts helped to spur theirs. If we the people don’t care enough to act, our representatives don’t have any incentive to do so either. Thank YOU for all you’ve done this past year and especially these past few months to stop this hideous plan from moving forward. The battle is not won yet, but we are on the field fighting, and we will never give up.
“We applaud Chairman Grijalva’s tremendous leadership and tireless work to prevent the devastating roundup and incarceration of our iconic American wild horses, whose very backs this country was built upon,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action, and a lifelong horseman. “We must continue to do everything within our power to defend these symbols of our nation from their strategically planned eradication negotiated by the Humane Society, ASPCA, and pro-slaughter crowd.”
Dana Zarrello, Deputy Director
The Cloud Foundation
107 South 7th St
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Please be aware that as of the above date, ALL sportponies competing in classes which require USHJA registration will be ineligible to compete in Federation licensed competitions – unless the owner can provide a microchip number for the sportpony that verifies the animal’s identity.
To make sure, check your USEF account as to whether your sportpony has a microchip number registered.
NASPR will gladly provide microchips for all their previously registered sportponies. Owners with current membership can request a microchip using this form.
US Equestrian and United States Dressage Federation Publish 2019 Dressage Tests
Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian (USEF) announced that the co-branded 2019 USEF/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Dressage Tests are now available and published online through USDF.
Effective December 1, 2018, through November 30, 2022, the 2019 USEF/USDF Dressage Tests are newly co-branded with the USDF as the two organizations work together to continue to proliferate and promote the sport of dressage in the United States. The 2019 USEF/USDF Dressage Tests continue to serve as a measure of the horse and rider’s schooling and training, while each level builds upon the preceding level’s principles.
USDF’s “On the Levels” will continue to provide examples of the new Introductory through Fourth Level dressage tests. “On the Levels” features engaging videos to help athletes understand the requirements for tests within each level, with commentary from top U.S. trainers and judges and segments geared toward improving difficult movements at each level. Keep an eye out for the launch of this product in the coming months.
Additional test products will include a new test app containing both the USEF and USDF tests and, once produced, a test booklet, which can be purchased through the USDF online store at store.usdf.org.
Click here to view the 2019 USEF/USDF Dressage Tests. For information on licensing the new tests, contact USDF at [email protected]. For questions or additional information, contact Hannah Niebielski, Director of Dressage National Programs, at [email protected].
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of the legendary stallion Makuba at the ripe old age of 28 years.
Our condolences go to breeder and owner Klaus Biesenthal who brought Makuba to the United States from his parents’ farm in Germany. The two have been inseparable ever since.
In addition to having sired hundreds of spectacular foals, Makuba himself excelled in the two Olympic disciplines of Dressage and Driving. Within 3 years he advanced successfully in Dressage from Training to Intermediate I levels under two young riders. His driving skills led him to the US Driving Championships.
Among his offspring are such successful sons as Markus who became US Single Driving Champion and participated as a US Team member in the Driving World Championships in France .
Makuba’s son Magnum has taken his place both in the Dressage arena and in the breeding shed, with several promising youngsters on the ground already.
We feel privileged of having had Makuba as our First Foundation Sire and are looking forward to following his young son Magnum on his way to success both in the breeding shed and in the show ring.
We want to alert you to the fact that more often than not the new owner of a sportpony does NOT transfer ownership into his/her name. Months or even years later, when these owners want to compete with their ponies they find out that the only way they can enter a show with their pony if the registration papers are issued in their name.
To remedy this situation, we recommend that the seller of the pony INSTEAD of the buyer submit the ORIGINAL Certificate of Registration to the NASPR office. By doing this, all parties concerned will avoid major chaos later on.
For further information please contact us. We are eager to help.
In 2018, the Registry will again recognize the Champion and the Reserve Champion of the various levels of the Open Division from Training through Grand Prix. In addition, up to five placings will be recognized in all optional categories. To be eligible for participation in the USDF All-Breeds Awards Program, ponies must be registered with the NASPR, shown as NASPR ponies, and their owners must be current NASPR members in good standing. Please refer to the USDF website for the rules and the details.
Important note: Please make sure that your sportpony is NASPR registered and entered in the USDF All-Breeds Awards program 2018 as a NASPR sportpony and shown as such. And please check if your NASPR membership is current. Because only then will you and your sportpony be eligible for the awards!