**ALERT**

For the past several weeks those of us in the equine industry have been inundated with information and misinformation with respect to the which was to have taken effect on December 18th. Most of us were caught flat footed by this regulation which will impact all those engaged in the transportation of livestock. The VHC has been working with the American Horse Council, as well as other livestock groups in an attempt to separate fact from fiction. We have also been in touch with our legislators at the federal level to discuss the issue. In an attempt to clarify this issue and provide education to their stakeholders the American Horse Council has put together two brochures – one which explains CDL rules and the second which explains the ELD mandate. These brochures are factual and a fair representation of the situation as it now stands. For the time being a three-month extension has been put in place to delay the implementation of the ELD mandate. All livestock groups are requesting an additional extension of time to implement the mandate and a review of the regulations with respect to their impact on the livestock industry in the hope that agricultural exemptions can be included in the regulations. Make no mistake these rules could potentially impact many of those engaged in equine competitions. The VHC will keep you updated as events unfold. In the meantime, we would ask that you contact your federal representative and ask for an additional extension of time to implement the mandate and also ask that agricultural exemptions be considered as a part of the mandate.

Welcome

The Virginia Horse Council is your voice for the expanding equine industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Council is a not-for-profit organization formed by horsemen for Virginia horsemen. The membership and Board of Directors represent all breeds. The purpose of the Virginia Horse Council is to promote and improve the horse industry in Virginia.

Our mission is to serve as the umbrella organization of the Virginia equine community and to monitor legislative issues affecting horsemen and horses in the Commonwealth.  The vision of the Virginia Horse Council (VHC) is to be recognized as a leader in providing broad representation to all facets of the equine industry before the Virginia General Assembly and Congress.  The VHC collaborates with other areas of the agricultural community and helps facilitate communications between members of the equine industry and state and federal agencies.  The VHC aspires to keeps Virginia horsemen informed of regulations and pending legislation they may impact them, and to provide educational opportunities that further enhance the industry.

Non-Profit Associates

Virginia horse owners, you may benefit from a working cat at your stable to help with rodent control.  You will also be helping cats living outside at the Navy base in Norfolk for whom Hampton Roads animal welfare groups are seeking homes at stables, barns, vineyards, etc., in the Old Dominion.  For more information, please visit the website of Cat Team 7, which is partnering with the Norfolk SPCA, by clicking here:
https://www.youcaring.com/cat-team-7-a-joint-nspca-norfolk-naval-station-initiative-555258.

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**VHC Spoofed Emails**

Some people may be receiving emails that, on the surface, appear to be from the Virginia Horse Council.  These usually reference some sort of “invoice” notice.  Please be aware that these emails do not originate from the VHC.  Our email has not been hacked, but spammers are using the words, “Virginia Horse Council” in their name fields.  If you hover over the name or click on “details” you will be shown the actual email address and can verify that it is not from our system.  This is called “spoofing,” and there is not anything we can do about it, since anyone (even you) can use any words in the “show as/name” option for your email address.  Generally, these “spam/spoofs” will use a particular name for a week or two, then move on to something else.  We appreciate those who have expressed concern and taken the time to contact us, and we hope these spoofed emails have not caused any inconvenience.

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