State & Local Legalities


Md. Horse Owner Facing Criminal Charges

A Sharpsburg, Md., woman who had 74 allegedly neglected horses on her Washington County farm is facing criminal charges.

Prosecutors say Barbara Reinken has been charged with four felony counts of animal cruelty. Each is punishable by up to

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SmartPak to Offer Farrier’s Formula

Life Data Labs and SmartPak Equine have announced that they have entered into a partnership to make Farrier’s Formula available in SmartPaks. Farrier’s Formula is the original hoof supplement, and has been shown effective in university studies a

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2006 Van Ness Award to Glen Eaton

Glen Eaton, of the Minnesota Horse Expo and Minnesota Horse Council, was awarded the 2006 Van Ness Award at the American Horse Council (AHC) Awards Luncheon on April 4th.

This award is named for Marjorie Van Ness and is given annually to

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Tornado Recovery: The Second Time

When David Stokely arrived at his family’s 40-acre farm near Battlefield, Mo., on the evening of March 12, the first thing he spotted was a dead horse, a victim of the second tornado that has hit Stokely Farms in less than three years. It

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Sixteen Horses Die in Colorado Storm

After a powerful thunderstorm struck Calhan, Colo., in mid-October, a neighbor of rancher William DeWitt found 16 of DeWitt’s horses dead in their pasture while checking his own adjacent pasture. Police and a veterinarian have determined that

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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

When Director-Producer John Gatins (37) wrote Dreamer, he did so with the hope that people would get a wholesome feeling from watching this movie. Gatins, who grew up in upstate New York, which is horse country, never gravitated much to

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AQHA Considers Changes to Coat Color Requirements

Cremellos or perlinos, which are horses that exhibit lightly pigmented or pink skin over the body, white or cream-colored hair, and blue eyes, might soon be eligible for registration in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). In early

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Yearlings Benefit Research

The sale of 20 Virginia-bred Thoroughbred yearlings on Oct. 15 directly benefited equine research endeavors. Not only were the horses fund-raisers, they also were products of the studies their sale supports. The yearlings were residents of the

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