Preserving the integrity of our quality control of sport pony breeding as traditionally has been practiced since your inception in 1981,
we will accept videos instead of physical inspections
as of June 1st, 2020,
due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
For further instructions, please call our Office.
The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for a complete shift in the daily lifestyle of everyone in the United States, including our horses. Living under quarantine, curfews, and learning how to work from home has reiterated how important barn visits are to mental health. As states across the country relax stay-at-home requirements, we have some tips on how to keep your horses, horse people, and your barn as healthy as possible.
- Limit gatherings to as few people as possible, and continue to maintain the recommended social distancing protocols that include six (6) feet of separation between individuals. Just because the quarantine is being lifted doesn’t mean the threat is over. COVID-19 can be detected in the air for up to 3 hours after being transmitted. Some stables have created a schedule where clients can reserve time slots for their visits, reducing the number of people in the barn by only allowing 3-4 people to be present at once. This may be the most appropriate step forward for those barns in states that were forced to close outright.
- Encourage proper hand-washing and provide as many locations/opportunities for people to do so. Due to the structure of the virus, washing hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to prevent contamination. Hand sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective.
- Make a daily or hourly cleaning chart to prevent virus transmission. Disinfect common contact areas regularly and avoid sharing equipment and supplies between people, COVID-19 can live on copper for up to four hours, cardboard for 24 hours, and plastic and stainless steel for up to 3 days.
- Non-porous materials (leather bridles/saddles/halters, nylon halters/lead ropes, gate latches, door handles, spray nozzle) harbor the virus longer than porous materials (cotton lead ropes, saddle pads)
- Clean communal leather tack daily with tack cleaner. Knowing how to properly disinfect tack is useful for any equestrian, be it for strangles or COVID-19. Aerosol sprays such as Lysol tend to strip the leather of oils, so if you use an aerosol spray to disinfect your tack, be sure to let it dry completely and then recondition the leather to protect it. Soap and water is another effective way to break down the lining of bacteria and viruses and is often safe for most tack. Diluted bleach disinfects well, but leather may dry out and crack from repeated treatments.
- Disinfect gate latches, spray nozzles, cross tie snaps, pitchforks, wheelbarrows, and other frequently used items regularly or after contact with personnel.
- Stall door latches, hose ends, light switches, faucets, and feed scoops should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
- There may be state requirements to wear gloves or face coverings to reduce the risk of spreading germs. Many businesses will be looking to taking the temperature of those present in and will not allow anybody to come if they register temperature or feel sick and this may go a long way to helping clients feel comfortable.
- Long story short, nobody spends 2 months on the couch unscathed, so take it easy getting back into training. Many riding stables are closed to tenants and all equine events have been canceled in an effort to reduce the virus’s spread. Due to these closures, many horses are not receiving regular workout schedules, or maybe no exercise at all. While daily lifestyles are difficult for all during this pandemic, adapting a horse’s schedule to life after quarantine can be equally as challenging. Exercise-related injuries would be a terrible way to end the quarantine.
Making boarders and clients safe and secure will be critical in getting the horse industry back on its feet, and each facility, whether private or public, should have written policies regarding COVID-19 and expect all clients and professionals to adhere to them. Keeping our horses healthy has always been a priority, but without their owners, you can’t keep the lights on. All of these tips, and more, can be found on the AHC COVID-19 Resource Page; please visit it here as we continue to update it during this transition.
Details: Contact Cliff Williamson at [email protected].
American Horse Council
The organizers of the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC) and Small Horse Championship Show regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 event, which was scheduled for July 17-19 at the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, Mo., due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
We continue to carefully monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic situation and the position of health experts, including the CDC and other public health authorities. It appears that in several areas of the country, restrictions put in place by State Governors, such as the “stay-at-home” orders, are making a positive difference. Federal, state, and local governments are discussing plans for re-opening the environment in the near future. However, this will not occur overnight and will very likely consist of a graduated easing of restrictions over several weeks, which may vary greatly state-to-state, as well as within the states themselves.
The success of these plans is predicated on a mindful and responsible approach to easing restrictions while also maintaining best practices that we have all learned and adopted in order to reduce exposure to and transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Once USEF competitions resume, we must all continue to support and maintain these best practices as part of our daily activities to help prevent further disruptions to our lives. We hope that the resumption of competition comes soon.
With that in mind, the suspension of all USEF owned and named events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities are being extended through May 31, 2020. This suspension also includes points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF award programs, USEF owned and named events or selection to a US team including USEF National Championships. Upon the expiration of this suspension, competitions must comply with requirements issued by USEF for operating sport horse competitions in this environment.
Collaborating with competition organizers, affiliate leaders, and other industry experts, USEF has been developing competition protocols for safely operating competitions and mitigating the risks associated with COVID-19. Once finalized, we will be providing all competition organizers with these protocols as well as other risk mitigation tools for their use. These tools and resources will also be front-facing on our website and accessible by all members and website visitors.
We have been working on amendments to qualification and selection processes for numerous USEF owned and named events as well as how USEF HOTY awards and ranking lists are calculated. We have started announcing modifications that will make the process as fair as possible for all participants, despite the disruption to the competition year and the likelihood of a staggered regional start-up.
We have received inquiries as to whether USEF will grant exemptions to the junior competitor age restrictions, equine age restrictions, and equine eligibility restrictions based on competitive experience. While these topics are being discussed, it is still too early to make definitive conclusions regarding these issues.
We will continue to assess the pandemic impact, and we will keep you informed of any updates to our position as circumstances warrant or as instructed by the government and public health authorities.
The safety and welfare of our members and their horses must continue to be our top priority.
William J. Moroney
Chief Executive Officer
Innovative Vet Direct Safety Net Program to Help Horse Owners in Need
The Foundation for the Horse and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) have partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to manage a program offering relief to horse owners unable to afford veterinary care.
The ASPCA awarded The Foundation for the Horse a $50,000 grant to support the Vet Direct Safety Net initiative. This program, originated and piloted by the ASPCA, aligns with The Foundation’s mission of improving the welfare of horses and enables AAEP-member veterinarians in the U.S. to administer compassionate service to horses and the equine community without incurring financial stress to their practice.
“We are thrilled to partner with the AAEP and The Foundation for the Horse to continue bringing the boldest and most creative safety net programs to life,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of ASPCA Equine Welfare. “Since 2018, the ASPCA Vet Direct Safety Net Program served many horses and we are proud to support The Foundation for the Horse in order to continue empowering equine veterinarians to locate and provide care to at-risk equines in their communities.”
Equine practitioners who apply to participate in Vet Direct Safety Net will be able to provide up to $600 worth of free veterinary services per animal to assist horse owners in need with emergency stabilization procedures, euthanasia, or disposal.
The data collected from horse owners in exchange for veterinary services will also provide opportunities to better understand existing equine welfare issues and, ultimately, better serve America’s horses at risk or in transition.
Resources for Horse Owners
Our offices are fully staffed during these trying times.
We are here to talk with you to get your paperwork in order and answer all other questions you may have.
Your applications for sportpony registration, ownership transfer, etc. will be processed without delay as always.
Stay well and please call us at 561-693-5516.
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.