Regularly posted news and announcements that matter to you.
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 horses 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 horse that verifies the animal’s identity.
To make sure, check your USEF account as to whether your horse has a microchip number registered.
AWR will gladly provide microchips for all their previously registered horses. Owners with current membership can request a microchip using this form.
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].
We want to alert you to the fact that more often than not the new owner of a horse does NOT transfer ownership into his/her name. Months or even years later, when these owners want to compete with their horses they find out that the only way they can enter a show with their horse if the registration papers are issued in their name.
To remedy this situation, we recommend that the seller of the horse INSTEAD of the buyer submit the ORIGINAL Certificate of Registration to the AWR office. By doing this, all parties concerned will avoid major chaos later on.
For further information please contact us. We are eager to help.
AWR is now requiring that all AWR registered breedstock (i.e. mares and stallions) be tested for WFFS.
Mare Fedora, Ruffian x Fiona N/N
Stallion Conquistador S, Contendor x Indio N/N
Stallion Le Andros, Le Santo x Skippin Jackie N/N
Stallion Seacoast Wonderful, N/N
Darco x Topcash Girl v’t Beugelhof
Stallion Dressage Royal, Donnerhall x Rosalie N/N
Stallion Waldaire, Waldgott x Aries N/WFFS
Stallion Wizard WF, Waldaire x Abracadabra WF N/N
Stallion Daily Show, Danciano x Schwedenlady N/N
Stallion Sole Mio, Stanford x SPS Dona Rafaela N/N
Stallion WakeUp, Wagnis x Maiden Montreal N/WFFS
Stallion Wrise and Shine, WakeUp x Daquan N/N
Stallion Winterfel, WakeUp x Darcie N/WFFS
Mare Undaunted GA, Romeo x Picabo GA N/N
Mare TLF Veruschka, TLF Valinor x In A Dream xx N/N
Stallion TLF Rebel Yell, Ridley x TLF Summersolstice N/N
Stallion Winner, Sir Sinclair x Inoeska N/N
Stallion Galante CR, Pincelim II x Vitoria HM N/N
Stallion Beste Gold, Belucci x Goldkatze N/N
Results are reported as:
|N/N||No copies of the WFFS mutation; animal is normal.|
|N/ WFFS||1 copy of the WFFS mutation; animal is normal but is a carrier. Horse can pass on the mutation to 50% of offspring.|
|WFFS/WFFS||2 copies of the WFFS mutation; horse is affected.|
Thank you for being a responsible warmblood breeder!
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Ponderosa Performance Horses and CR Ranches are proud to announce the approval and licensing of the Lusitano stallions XERIFE and GALANTE CR with the American Warmblood Registry. These handsome stallions are the first APSL Lusitanos to be honored with this endorsement in America. The American Warmblood Registry AWR is a founding member of the World Breed Federation for Sport Horses WBFSH.
PPH started breeding APSL Lusitanos on Dutch mares four years ago. The offspring have shown to be outstanding movers with a wonderful trainable character. Not only are these youngsters beautiful, they are also a marvelous representation of what a sporthorse should be.
In our initial communication about WFFS we suggested that all warmblood stallions be tested and mentioned that all warmbloods are affected which, of course, includes the mares as well.
The AWR now requires ALL breeders to test their entire breeding stock (mares and stallions) to avoid – unknowingly –breeding two carrier warmbloods with the possibility of a fatal genetic mutation.
So, consider the following cases:
If a mare owner intends to breed to an untested stallion, the mare should be WFFS tested to avoid the possibility of a carrier (mare) to carrier (stallion) breeding. The risk remains though that an untested stallion may be a carrier stallion.
It is also recommended that the owner of a WFFS carrier stallion should require from the mare owner to present a negative WFFS test result in order to a breeding contract coming to fruition.
Stallion owners are encouraged to always make the WFFS test results public, and mare owners should thoroughly enquire before they make a breeding decision.
But remember: Once a genetic mutation has entered into a population, it will stay in that population.
The American Warmblood Registry is of the belief that incidences of fatal WFFS mutation will remain rare when warmblood breeding is managed wisely and correctly.
We will continue to do research on the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome to support our members in the best possible way.
WFFS test order forms are available on our website under Forms & Documents, or just call us.
News have recently appeared through various channels concerning WFFS, a genetic defect of connective tissue found in warmblood populations. Signs of the disease include abnormally thin and fragile skin, hyperextension of limb articulations, hematomas, premature births, and others. Newborn foals have to be euthanized as this condition, unfortunately, is untreatable.
WFFS is inherited as an ‘autosomal recessive defect’ which means that both male and female horses are equally affected and that two copies of the mutation are needed to cause this fatal disorder. Horses that carry one copy do not show any WFFS defect but can, as ‘carriers’, transmit the mutation to 50% of their offspring. Mating of two carriers provides a 25% chance of producing WFFS foals.
The incidence of carriers in the Warmblood Horse world is estimated by scientists at 9-11%, some say 10-15%!
The WFFS mutation occurs in warmblood horse populations that include nearly all major European horse breeds such as Hanoverians, Selle Francais, KWPN, Oldenburg, Westphalians, Trakehners, Holsteiners, etc. etc. and their cross breeds.
So what should warmblood horse breeders do now to make responsible breeding decisions, i.e. to ensure that their own stallions and/or broodmares are free of this defect and do not transmit the fatal mutation to their offspring and/or to outside warmbloods?
AWR has teamed up with UC Davis to offer WFFS testing for all their registered and DNA typed warmbloods without having to send in another hair sample which makes it very simple. There is a test order form available on the AWR website; alternatively, test orders can be called in. WFFS tests can also be ordered in conjunction with the DNA typing of newly registered warmbloods.
Mare owners planning to obtain semen from foreign or US-based/bred stallions should request proof that the chosen stallion is NOT a WFFS carrier.
AWR will keep you informed as things develop. Please contact us directly if you have questions.