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, horsewomen and horses in the Commonwealth as well as provide education about these issues.
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.
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:
Critical Information Regarding the Horse Protection Act
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing amendments to the horse protection regulations section of the Horse Protection Act. The proposed changes can be found at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/newsroom/news/SA_By_Date/newsroom-2016/SA-07/hpa-changes .
The Horse Protection Act covers all breeds, although violations have typically been associated with Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses. The proposed changes are being evaluated by the VHC for impacts to Virginia horsemen and the horse industry in Virginia.
The Significant Changes and Impacts Identified Thus Far Include:
APHIS would assume responsibility for training, screening and licensing horse inspectors. The new cadre of inspectors would be veterinarians and veterinary technicians… (emphasis added)
APHIS would ban the use of all action devices, pads, and foreign substances at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions, for Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses or related breeds (emphasis added)
Additional costs to horse shows for additional inspectors, a farrier, and record keeping
An “Identification Card” will be required for all horses presented for inspection
Please consider Joining The Virginia Horse Council!
Join now and get membership benefits for 2016! After we receive your membership application, you will receive a Welcome Packet which will include:
*Chart of Contacts*
*VHC Scholarship information*
*Info on exciting Member Benefits*
*In-Excess policy (if purchased)*
*Ride Alert Pack (if requested)*
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