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News & Updates for June 2008

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News June 2008

29 June
 PUBLICATIONS   UK: "Good Yards - Safe Yards"
Following on from the success of the Safety with Horses training programme, Warwickshire College has released its first edition of the "Good Yards - Safe Yards" newsletter. Crammed with safety tips from top professionals it is designed to help everyone get the most from their time spent with horses - safely!

 INCIDENT   Queensland - AU: Girl killed by horse she idolised

A young Queensland veterinary nurse whose life revolved around horses died after she was kicked in the chest while trying to settle her thoroughbred before putting him in a float (trailer).

Source: couriermail.com.au


25 June

 DISEASE   AU:  New South Wales free of Equine Influenza

From 1 July 2008, NSW will be considered EI free and remaining movement restrictions will be lifted.


 TRAINING   UK:  Health and Safety awareness training for school pupils?

An MP is calling for the needless loss of young lives in workplace accidents to be made a thing of the past by integrating the teaching of a basic health and safety awareness course into the National Curriculum.

In the last decade, 64 under 19s have been killed and over 15,000 seriously injured in workplace accidents.

The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has developed the Workplace Hazard Awareness Course (WHAC) for year 10 pupils.  Wiseup2work is an interactive online resource for teachers, youth workers, supervisors and employers to use to prepare young people for work. The resource is supported by the Learning Skills Council, the National Youth Agency and the British Chambers of Commerce.

Source:  IOSH


13 June

 DISEASE  UK: Latest Defra/AHT/BEVA equine quarterly disease surveillance report published

The latest Defra/AHT/BEVA equine quarterly disease surveillance report covering the period January – March 2008 is available from the AHT website.

All reports produced to date are available online and can also be accessed via the Animal Health Trust's home page.

You can register to receive future reports by email.


11 June

 DISEASE  AU: Government to cover horse flu cost

The Australian federal government will cover the $100 million cost of eradicating last year's equine flu outbreak.

Source:  Melbourne Herald Sun


10 June

 EVENTING   AU:  Australian five year study “Safety for Horses and Riders in Eventing” published

The Australian Government’s Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation has released a report - Safety for Horses and Riders in Eventing – following a five year surveillance program.  It is available at no charge by download from the RIRDC website.


 EVENTING  Lexington-KY-USA: Horsemanship and Lack of Data Discussed at Eventing Safety Summit
Officials with the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) and U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) collected input from the equestrian community on ways to improve eventing safety at a summit on June 7-8. Proposed solutions range from required pre-competition preventive veterinary checks to promoting rider education.

Source: TheHorse.com


 EVENTING  All event riders who fall off at the Olympics will be eliminated

New rules announced by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) on 6 June, say any rider falling at a jump in the cross-country or show jumping phases will be eliminated.

Source:  Horse & Hound online


6 June

 WELFARE   UK: Arrest warrant issued to man who failed to seek veterinary help

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 54-year-old man who allowed a chronically lame horse to suffer for days without veterinary treatment.

Source:  Horse & Hound online


 WELFARE   UK: Jamie Gray pleads not guilty to Trading Standards charges
Buckinghamshire horse trader Jamie Gray has pleaded not guilty to five further charges connected with the RSPCA raid on Spindle Farm, Amersham

Source:  Horse & Hound online


3 June

 WELFARE   UK: Horse left with facial injuries after being burned by cigarettes  
A horse has been left with wounds on her face after being attacked in a field in South Godstone, Surrey last Sunday

Source:  Horse & Hound online

1 June

 TRANSPORT   UK: Vets campaign to improve horsebox floor safety
Posters stressing the importance of making regular checks of your horsebox or trailer’s floor are being sent to vets’ waiting rooms nationwide as part of a campaign by the British Equine Veterinary Association

Source:  Horse & Hound online


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  UK: From 10 June - Police horses in the television spotlight

A major new documentary series will give people an exclusive look behind the scenes of Greater Manchester Police Mounted Unit. The 13-part series will show what it takes to keep officers in the saddle and patrolling the streets of Greater Manchester. After 18 months of filming, 'Mounted Branch' will be screened exclusively on Animal Planet channel (Sky 525) from June 10.

  UK: 20 July - Emily leads fundraising event for the Brooke

A fourteen year old girl from Nottinghamshire is once again fundraising for the Brooke. Emily is holding an equine and family fun day on Sunday 20th July at Church Farm, Sandiacre, Nottingham, Derbyshire.  There will be an auction, mega raffle, a giant tombola, equine, pet and family table top sale, dog agility, face painting, tin can alley, bouncy castle, fun games, refreshments, an equine and pet information and advice area and a fashion show with a auction of clothing at the end. There will also be a raffle and a table top sale at her local stable and tack shop, Risley Saddlery, where she keeps her pony.  She hopes to raise in excess of the 1750 which was raised at last year’s event.

Neil Manning of the Brooke told Riding Safely “Emily has raised a lot of money for the Brooke. She is also organising another event to raise money for our Horses in Need campaign this year.”

The Brooke is the UK’s leading overseas equine welfare charity with the aim is to improve the lives of horses, donkeys and mules working in poorest parts of the world.

Further details through Riding Safely 

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  UK: 10 August - Horse Play Raises Money for Strangles

Leading equestrian clothing brand, Puffa, who are also partners of the AHT/BHS Breaking the Strangles Hold campaign are holding the day at Sussex Polo Club in August to raise funds and awareness for the campaign.

Everyone is invited to watch the exciting polo action and help support the campaign. The event promises to be fun-filled and action-packed, with something for all the family. You can take along your own picnic or treat yourself to food or champagne from on-site caterers.

There will also be a bouncy castle, charity auction, goody bags and opportunities to shop, with Puffa stockists Frogpool Manor promoting the special Strangles polo shirts and their new range of clothing.

AHT Strangles researchers and scientists will be around on the day to answer any questions you might have on the disease or the work we’re doing to eradicate it, and members of the fundraising team will be able to help with any other queries you might have!

The event takes place on Sunday 10th August at Sussex Polo Club. Gates open at 12pm. Entry is 5 per car, or free if anyone in your party is wearing a Puffa Strangles polo shirt. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads. All profits made from the day will go directly to the Breaking the Strangles Hold campaign.

To buy a polo shirt or tickets to the event, visit www.puffa.com

For more information on the campaign, go to www.strangles.org


   Breaking the Strangles hold

In February 2007, the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and British Horse Society (BHS) launched a nationwide Strangles Campaign, which has two aims. The first is to raise awareness of this dreadful equine plague, and the second is to gain support for the research programme.

For this, the target is to raise 250,000 to fund research into the next stages of the development of improved means of diagnosis and prevention – ultimately to eradicate this terrible disease.

The campaign was launched by the President of the AHT, HRH The Princess Royal, at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. It continues to make great progress, with the total raised so far standing at 159,000.

For more information about Strangles and the campaign visit www.strangles.org


   World Horse Welfare (formerly ILPH) 'Make a Noise' campaign

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