March 31st, 2012 ride options and important INFO

Unfortunately due to the weather I am canceling the fair hill ride for Saturday. But the next day Sunday is going to be nice so if everyone can ride then and still go back to Barbara’s house afterwards for dinner that would be great. Please rsvp Barbara at 1-302-354-1280 by Friday so she know’s how many will be coming. Anyone still interested in coming in on Sat. and Staying At Barbara’s for the ride on Sunday is welcome but please call and let her know. Also on Sunday please be ready to ride at 11:00 and don’t forget there is a $3.00 charge for parking in the fair hill parking lot.

April 10, 2012 USDA APHIS Horse Protection Program – Listening Sessions

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Animal Care Program will hold listening sessions throughout the United States to obtain public feedback on the Horse Protection Program. In particular, APHIS is interested in hearing feedback on the questions below:

· Congress passed the Horse Protection Act in 1970 to eliminate the cruel and inhumane practice of soring horses. How close are we to achieving the goal?

· Can the industry achieve a consensus on how to carry out a self-regulatory program to enforce the Horse Protection Act in a consistent way?

· What responsibilities should USDA-certified Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) have within the industry?

· How can the industry reconcile its inherent competition aspect with ensuring compliance with the Horse Protection Act?

· What can USDA do now (and in the future) to ensure compliance?

· What responsibilities should USDA have within the industry with respect to enforcement and what hinders oversight of the HIOs and/or industry?

· Should there be a prohibition of all action devices?

· Should there be a prohibition of pads?

· Currently the Horse Protection regulations have a shoe weight limit on yearlings. Should there now be a shoe weight limit for all aged horses?

The listening sessions are planned for the following dates and locations:

· March 7 – 9am to 1pm; Springhill Suites, 5800 High Point Drive, Irving, TX 75038

· March 8 – 9am to 1pm; University Plaza Hotel, 333 John Q Hammons Parkway, Springfield, MO 65806

· March 15 – 9am to 1pm; Kentucky Horse Park (South Theatre), 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511

· March 22 – 9am to 1pm; Doubletree Ontario Airport, 222 N. Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA 91764
· March 23 – 9am to 1pm; Phoenix Inn Suites, 3410 Spicer Road SE, Albany, OR 97322

· March 27 – 9am to 1pm; Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801

· March 29 – 9am to 1pm; Mississippi State University – College of Forest Resources/Forest and Wildlife Research Center Department of Forest Products Facilities, 100 Blackjack Road, Starkville, MS 39759

· April 4 – 9am to 1pm; Doubletree Murfreesboro Hotel, 1850 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

· April 10 – 9am to 1pm; USDA APHIS Headquarters, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737

Speakers will be limited to 5 minutes in order to ensure everyone registered will have the opportunity to have their comments heard. If you have written comments, you may leave them with the USDA officials at the session.

Online registration is available on the APHIS Animal Care website at

We look forward to your comments in order to ensure the success of the USDA APHIS Horse Protection Program. If you have any questions, you may contact Dr. Rachel Cezar at (301)851-3746 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (301)851-3746      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or

Further information is also available at:

Hallie Zimmers
National Stakeholder Liaison
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
202-720-0378  or 202-799-7029

For more info call Jacquie Cowan 410-923-6157

March 31st. Saturday, Fair Hill Gathering


– here are the directions for the parking lot across the street from the stables and fair grounds. 

Directions to Fair Hill from the Baltimore area..I 95 North across Susquehanna River to exit #100 Rt 272 North marked for Rt 274, Rising Sun and Plumpton Park Zoo…Left onto Rt 272…Turn right onto Rt 273…Go through the lighted intersection crossing Rt 213 — Fair Hill complex will be on right…Turn left into day parking lot across the street from entrance 2

You can miss the Susquehana Bridge toll by taking Rt 155 to Rt 161 to Rt 1 North across the Conowingo Dam at Rising Sun take Rt 273 all the way to Fair Hill.

Directions from the North travel south on I-95 to exit #100 / Rt 272 North marked for Rt 274, Rising Sun and Plumpton Park Zoo … right onto Rt 272 at top of exit ramp … Turn left into day parking lot across the street from entrance 2      

Directions from the Eastern ShoreFollow US 301-North at split of Rts 301 and 50…US 301 becomes Del 896 North…At Newark turn left onto West Main St and DE 273 West…Continue to follow 273 West… Turn right into day parking lot across the street from entrance 2

March 31st. Saturday, Fair Hill Gathering

 – Ride will be held at Fair Hill Parking lot on 273 across from fair grounds. Should be ready to ride by 11:00.  I figure we could ride for about 3 hours then go back to my house for something to eat and drink.  If you take right out of parking lot west on 273 towards 95 we are 7.8 miles, 11min. on 273. If everyone could bring something we will provide main dish, broccoli salad, and non alcholic drinks. Please rsvp by March 25th We could have a rain date of April 1st. if needed. My phone# is 1-302-354-1280.  My Add. is 1455 Telegraph Road Rising Sun, Md. 21911  Barbara and Chris Utz’s new farm.  For more info and to RSVP