The recent loss of 12 horses on the Churchill Downs track, home to the renowned Kentucky Derby race, has sparked outrage and raised profound concerns within the equine and animal rights communities, reigniting a nationwide debate on safety issues and the wider implications of horse racing.
Since April, over a dozen horses have met a devastating fate on racetracks, reviving painful memories of a series of heartbreaking fatalities that occurred at the Santa Anita racetrack in California back in 2019. These recent incidents have prompted a call for immediate action to thoroughly examine existing welfare measures and implement effective strategies […]
Recent tragic incidents involving the loss of young talents have left the equestrian community deeply affected as we are grieving and struggling to make sense of these devastating events. Hannah Serfass was only 15-year-old when she tragically passed away on April 30 during a hunter/jumper competition at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, Florida. Just a few days later, on May 4, we mourned the loss of Sienna, a 23-year-old Australian model and exceptionally skilled equestrian, who sadly succumbed to her injuries after a fatal riding accident.
The emotional impact of losing someone from our community […]
The equine industry has seen a significant shift in recent years with the rise of genetic technology, with DNA testing slowly becoming a commonplace in several countries. Currently, a lot of the interest around performance testing focuses on a few specific genes responsible for producing big muscles and sprinting speed. However, the introduction of whole genome sequencing tests by companies such as Victory Genomics (VG) is set to revolutionize the industry.
Improving Horse Welfare Through Genetic Testing
We caught up Jessica Morton, a lifelong equestrian and horse welfare advocate who conducts research for VG. Jess believes that the […]
Queen Elizabeth II is known as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. While she ruled the Commonwealth for 70 years, her passion for horses goes back much further. As a keen rider and racehorse breeder, Elizabeth II was a true horse woman. From a very young age, she was captivated by horses, receiving her first riding lesson at the age of 3 at the Buckingham Palace Royal Mews. At the age of 4, she was gifted her very first horse: a Shetland pony named Peggy, a present from her late grandfather, King George V.
Over the years, the Queen […]
The incredibly sad consequence of Russia’s attack on Ukraine has caused a mass exodus of the Ukrainian population – with over 3.7 million people having fled the country in the past few weeks and now seeking refuge abroad. Amid all the horror of this humanitarian crisis, pet owners have struggled to bring their animals with them, and with over 100 000 domestic horses in Ukraine, many horse owners are also faced with extremely difficult decisions. In a remarkable coordinated effort, the international equestrian community is stepping up to help Ukrainians and their horses evacuate and support them through these […]
The covid-19 pandemic has rocked the logistics world to its core and has uncovered many vulnerabilities in the US and global supply chains, impacting nearly every industry. Unfortunately, the equestrian community has not been immune to it. Architecture and barn design projects require collaborating with clients to purchase the best and safest material to make their vision come to life, and sourcing products from first and second tier suppliers overseas is a necessity in our day-to-day activities.
Unfortunately, due to the current covid-19 related shipping delays and logistics challenges in the US, many of Equine Facility […]
Organizations can no longer deny that a focus on diversity and inclusion is essential to succeed and flourish, and the equestrian industry is no exception to this new standard. Unfortunately, the high cost of participating in equestrian sports means that it has been, for a long time, an activity reserved for the elite of predominantly white background. Today, many equestrians and organizations are advocating to promote inclusion and diversity in the horse world, in the hopes of one day making equestrianism a sport accessible for all.
In 2020, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) publicly released the USEF Member Racial Demographics […]
Debates around where domesticated horses came from has been a hot topic in the horse world for many years. For a long time, we believed that our modern equine friends originated from Przewalski’s horses, a rare and endangered ‘distant cousin’ subspecies native to central Asia’s steppes. However, a 2018 research publication by Science revealed compelling evidence of bridling, including bit marks on teeth remains of Botai horses, originally from a region North Kazakhstan, approximately 5500 ago. These findings suggest that Botai horses shared close proximity to humans long before Przewalski’s horses were around.
Surprisingly, DNA analysis and […]