LIFELINE Equine® Acquired by Stride Animal Health®

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Stride Animal Health®, a division of Bluebonnet Feeds® of Ardmore, Oklahoma has acquired the rights to the LIFELINE Equine® brand of bioactive proteins.  APC, Inc., the Ankeny, Iowa supplier of the serum-based ingredient, reached an agreement with Stride Animal Health® to market and sell all LIFELINE Equine® products for the U.S. equine market, effective January 1, 2018.  “We are excited to add this unique technology to the Stride Animal Health® line, which offers innovative solutions for horses under stress and performance”, announced John Langemeier, President of Bluebonnet Feeds. A new and improved product will be marketed under the name LIFELINE+ Equine® and will replace prior products, LIFELINE Equine Elite® and LIFELINE AgeWell®.

Bluebonnet Feeds® is dedicated to the nutritional health of animals, producing some of the most advanced feed products in the equine feed industry.  Bluebonnet® was a pioneer in digestive support technologies for decades, including utilization of probiotics, prebiotics, and other unique ingredients to help animals reach their genetic potential. Bluebonnet® was prompted to develop the Stride Animal Health® line of supplements for customers who didn’t have regional access to Bluebonnet Feeds®.

Beginning with Stride® 101, one of the first equine diet balancers on the market, and Transform DSI®, the unique digestive support package in Intensify® horse feeds, the Stride Animal Health® brand was born. Stride Animal Health® offers innovative solutions that maximize health and reduce the risk of discomfort and disease. Stride Animal Health® offers natural technologies that may even serve as an alternative for drug use in some situations. Quality products that solve problems for horses are continuously being developed and added to the Stride® family which makes LIFELINE Equine® an excellent fit.

The mission of Stride Animal Health® is to utilize research and science to develop solutions that create longevity and fulfillment for your equine companion. A unique combination of FDA approved natural ingredients and exclusive manufacturing capabilities ensure integrity and efficacy of all ingredients.

For more information and to place orders, go to www.strideanimalhealth.com, visit your closest Stride Animal Health® or Bluebonnet Feeds® dealer, or call (800) 365-2456.

STRIDE ANIMAL HEALTH®
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www.StrideAnimalHealth.com

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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American Horse Publications Launches Fourth Equine Industry Survey, Sponsored by Zoetis

JANUARY 22, 2018 – Today American Horse Publications (AHP) launches its fourth Equine Industry Survey at www.ahphorsesurvey.com. Horse owners who live in the United States, are 18 years of age and older, and who currently own or manage at least one horse are invited to complete the survey by April 1, 2018.

The survey, which is hosted every three years, will gauge participation trends and management practices in the U.S. equine industry, identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own or manage horses, and better understand issues pertaining to horse health.

The online survey is made possible by a sponsorship from Zoetis, the leading animal health company dedicated to improving equine wellness, every day. Zoetis has sponsored the survey since its inception in 2009.

“We are proud to once again sponsor the AHP Equine Industry Survey,” said Sally Amtmann, senior equine marketing manager, Zoetis. “We hope that the survey will continue to help identify successes and opportunities for improvement in the equine industry that horse owners, veterinarians and professionals can unite to resolve.”

“AHP is grateful for its partnership with Zoetis to provide ongoing and vital data on the trends in horse care, management, and welfare of horses in the U.S.,” said Christine W. Brune, AHP executive director. “We appreciate the cooperation of our members and the industry in promoting this survey and will strive to maintain or exceed responses in 2018.”

The study is anonymous; this means that no one – not even members of the research team – will be able to associate information that is given with respondents. When the survey results are tallied, only aggregated results will be presented.

The survey sponsor and AHP members who promote the survey will receive complete results of the 2018 survey to release through their own channels up to 60 days prior to release of the survey results to the AHP membership. The general equine industry may request a summary of this new information by contacting the AHP office at ahorsepubs@aol.com after September 15, 2018.

Horse owners and enthusiasts are invited to promote the survey by sharing this link with horse-owner groups and individual horse owners. The more information we collect, the better we make our world for horses.

The 2018 AHP Equine Industry Survey is being conducted by American Horse Publications (AHP). Dr. C. Jill Stowe is providing consulting services for data collection and analysis to the AHP. Dr. Stowe is an associate professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky.

Contact: Chris Brune

(386) 760-7743

Email: AHorsePubs@aol.com

www.americanhorsepubs.org

American Horse Publications is dedicated to excellence in equine media through education and communication. AHP strives to be the primary source of education, resources and networking for the equine media community. We believe a proactive approach in an ever-evolving communications-driven world allows us the flexibility and opportunity to promote, support and reward excellence in equine media. For more information, please contact Chris Brune, American Horse Publications atahorsepubs@aol.com or 386-760-7743 or visit the AHP website at www.americanhorsepubs.org.

Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2016, the company generated annual revenue of $4.9 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetisUS.com.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Reining Horse Foundation Scholarship Deadline Moved to March 1

For Immediate Release – January 22, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – High school seniors who are members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) are encouraged to apply for scholarships made possible by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2018, for consideration. At least seven academic- and need-based scholarships will be awarded by an independent committee based upon applicants’ academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement with horses and NRHyA.

At this time, the scholarships range from $750 to $2,000, with three awarded at the highest level. Recipients in 2017 included Terri-June Granger of Ala., David Gringeri of Vt., Nicholas Muir of Wash., Quinn Sutherland of Mont., Megan D’Andrea and Morgan Knerr of Ohio, and Jarid Walton of Mich. Previous recipients are eligible to reapply.

Chairman of the foundation’s Scholarship Committee is NRHA Vice President and Foundation Board member Mike Hancock. He said, “The foundation is committed to this scholarship program and what it means to our youth and their future. We appreciate every donor who makes the program possible through their support of fundraising efforts.”

Applications are scored based on 30 percent for the level of need: 25 percent for academics, 20 percent on the essay, 15 percent on school and extracurricular and equine/agriculture involvement and 10 percent on references. For 2018, the essay is centered around NRHA’s new mission to promote the reining horse worldwide, while celebrating and advancing the finest traditions of western horsemanship. Applicants are to respond to, “How have you been affected by your involvement with reining, and how will you help NRHA and NRHyA fulfill this mission?”

Additionally, several other scholarship opportunities are available to NRHyA members throughout the year. To learn more about the different opportunities visit NRHyA.com.

For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, visit reiningfoundation.com or nrhya.com or call (405) 946-7400.

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2017 NRHA Professionals of the Year Named

For Immediate Release – January 19, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) members are invited to nominate their favorite NRHA Professional for top honors in one of the following categories: Professional Horseman of the Year, Professional Horsewoman of the Year, Non Pro Coach Of the Year, Youth Coach of the Year and Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year. Below are the winners for each category, who will receive their award at the NRHA Convention & Awards in February.

NRHA Professional Horseman of the Year – Brent Loseke

Brent Loseke has been a member of NRHA since 1993. Originally from Nebraska, Loseke grew up on a pig, cattle and sheep farm, but ultimately fell in love with horses. Today, he and his wife, Paula, live in Valley View, Texas where they own and train reining horses and manage broodmares. During his involvement within NRHA, Loseke has had much success in the show ring as both an exhibitor and a judge.

Loseke has been an NRHA Professional since 2011 and has been said to be an avid proponent of horse wellness, which is exhibited in his work as a trainer, showman and breeder. No matter which role he is fulfilling at the time, Loseke is always involved improving reining quality in every aspect of the sport.

NRHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year – Josette Conti Kain (Not Pictured)

With more than thirty years within the industry, Josette Conti Kain has established herself as a respected, successful rider and trainer within NRHA. A member since 1991, Kain has been actively involved with NRHA at both the state and national levels. She is actively involved with her local affiliate, the Tri-State Reining Horse Association (TSRHA), serves as an NRHA Judge, and hosts reining horse clinics both domestically and abroad.

Kain began her career at Willow Brook Farms and eventually opened her own training facility—Josette Conti Performance Horses, where she trains and coaches horses and riders of all ages and levels. One of her clients had this to say about the NRHA Professional: “She inspires us all to do and give our best each and every time—not just in the show pen, but to ride better every time you step on a horse.”

NRHA Non Pro Coach of the Year – Patrick Flaherty

Patrick Flaherty of Scottsdale, Arizona, has been said to be “passionate about the sport of reining.” This is demonstrated through his service as an NRHA Judge, committee member, Arizona Reining Horse Association (AzRHA) involvement and show sponsorship. He also exudes passion each time he is in the show pen and boasts nearly $200,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings (LTE).

More importantly, Flaherty has coached numerous youth, open and non pro circuit champions and year-end winners. He “has a gift for teaching the art and skill of reining to all levels” and “works very hard to bring each client to their full potential.” In addition to Flaherty’s superior coaching skills, he also volunteers his time at rookie days and boot camps (for the Reining Horse Foundation), where he can share his knowledge and passion of the sport with others.

NRHA Youth Coach of the Year – Josiane Gauthier

Josiane Gauthier of Lucama, North Carolina, has been showing with NRHA since she was eight years old. Her “complete devotion to each client” is unsurpassed, which makes it no surprise that she has been elected NRHA Youth Coach of the Year. Her talent of “tuning into each client’s strengths and weaknesses” helps her succeed in helping her young riders reach their full potential.

Gauthier not only excels in coaching but also in being a skilled rider in the show pen, boasting an NRHA LTE in excess of $416,000. She was a part of the team that represented Canada at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 held in Normandy, France. Gauthier has also had individual success at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and NRHA Futurity, and has had many students achieve accolades there as well—an exhibition of her premier coaching abilities!

NRHA Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year – Barak Gibori

Barak Gibori became a member of NRHA in 2000 and has had much success in the industry as both a trainer and rider. After the 2017 NRHA Futurity and his success as a trainer for both McQuay Stables and Muehlstaetter Performance Horses, Gibori made the move back to Israel to open his own training facility and promote the sport of reining.

In addition to his training successes, Barak has recently begun to make a significant mark within the show pen. In 2017, Gibori was the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level 1 Open Co-Champion on Pearl Haggard (Hollywoodstinseltown x Gunners Pearl). He and Pearl Haggard also won the 2017 Tulsa Reining Classic Level 1 Open Championship. With these wins under his belt, Gibori is sure to continue this upward trend of success as both a rider and trainer within the sport!

For more information about the NRHA Professionals program or to find a Professional to help with training or lessons, visit nrha.com/professionals.

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The Next Generation in Supplements

SmartPak Announces New SmartStride Ultra Formula Plus 3 Additional SmartSupplements

PLYMOUTH, MA – January 17, 2018 – SmartPak continues to drive supplement innovation with new and exciting formulas. As a result, the company is excited to introduce four new SmartSupplements formulas:  SmartStride™ Ultra, SmartOsteo™ Pellets, SmartBreathe® Ultra, and SmartComfort™ Pellets. 

“At SmartPak we’re continually monitoring nutrition and health research to stay on top of information that will help us better support equine health through thoughtful supplementation,” said Jessica Normand, SmartPak’s Senior Director of Product Research and Development. “Over the last year we’ve dedicated even more resources to research and development, and we’re proud to be introducing an innovative new joint health formula in SmartStride Ultra, as well as several other outstanding new supplements that use unique combinations of ingredients.”

SmartStride™ Ultra Pellets represent the next generation of joint support for horses! This unique formula was designed to provide your horse with a cutting-edge combination of ingredients for healthy joints, tendons, and ligaments. The foundation of this formula is collagen, which has been demonstrated to help support healthy, resilient cartilage and comfortable movement. Another cornerstone of this formula is turmeric, a potent, whole-food antioxidant that helps fight oxidative stress and supports overall health and well-being. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been shown by research to help combat discomfort associated with exercise and aging, making it particularly beneficial for horses in need of additional support for joint stiffness.  To pack even more antioxidant punch, SmartStride Ultra also includes resveratrol, known for its ability to help protect cartilage from the damaging effects of free radicals. This exciting new formula also provides Cinq-B™, a specialized blend of boron, which is a mineral that plays a role in joint and bone health. Finally, it includes MSM, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid for well-rounded joint support.

SmartStride™ Ultra Pellets are perfect for horse owners who want revolutionary joint care for their horses, and are also an excellent choice for those who have tried traditional joint supplements and haven’t seen the results they were hoping for. SmartStride Ultra Pellets are available in SmartPaks starting at only $54.93 per month, and is also available in two resealable bags and one bucket size.

For targeted bone health, new SmartOsteo™ Pellets provide a unique combination of ingredients to support bone that is both strong and resilient. This formula includes hydrolyzed collagen to support a healthy bone matrix, as well as silica and other vitamins and minerals to promote bone strength and normal healing. Like SmartStride Ultra, it also provides Cinq-B™ as a source of boron to support bone health. SmartOsteo™ Pellets are the perfect choice for performance horses in need of bone support, and for horses in recovery, especially those on stall rest or with limited activity. This new formula is available for $38.91 per month in SmartPaks and is also available in a bag and bucket size.

Respiratory health is important all year long, so SmartBreathe® Ultra Pellets were designed to provide the most comprehensive selection of ingredients for supporting healthy airways. The unique formula includes spirulina, a fresh-water blue green algae with components that target the airway system in horses prone to respiratory issues.  This supplement also contains DHA from fish oil. DHA is a specific type of omega 3 fatty acid that may be especially helpful to horses with seasonal allergies. A recent study in horses with airway syndromes documented the benefits of supplementing the diet with DHA. This new formula is available for $49.93 per month in SmartPaks and is also available in a bag and bucket size.

Finally, SmartComfort Pellets provide a potent combination of ingredients to help your horse’s body address the stiffness and discomfort associated with exercise and aging. This comprehensive formula provides carefully selected herbs and other ingredients such as devil’s claw, yucca, MSM and cetylated fatty acids to help support your horse’s comfort. SmartComfort Pellets are perfect for adult and senior horses that need added support for day-to-day aches and stiffness. This new formula is available for $27.89 per month in SmartPaks and is also available in a bag and bucket size.

To learn more about these new products, visit www.SmartPak.com or call 1-800-461-8898 and speak to one of SmartPak’s extensively trained supplement experts who can help develop a custom supplement program for your horse.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or KGriffith@SmartPak.com

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award five years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Volunteers Needed for FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

TRYON, N.C. – January 16, 2018 – Volunteer inquiries are currently being accepted for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). Expected to be the largest sporting event in North America in 2018, the Games will be held at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) on September 11-23, 2018 in Tryon, N.C.

Currently, the WEG Volunteer Management Program is in the “Scope Phase” and receiving inquiries from prospective WEG volunteers. People interested in volunteering can fill out an inquiry form online at www.tryon2018.com.

Submitting an online inquiry is the first in a sequence of steps required to complete a volunteer application. The additional steps can be found in the online WEG Volunteer Portal that will be launched in March. This scheduled launch will begin the “Recruitment Phase.” Volunteers who have submitted an inquiry through the existing online form will receive a link to the Volunteer Portal to begin an application. Volunteers will create a login and password, answer security and ability questions, purchase the uniform package, and sign a liability waiver.

Beginning in April 2018, volunteers selected for service will be notified of their assignment(s), during the “Selection Phase.” May 1 is the deadline for all volunteers to complete applications through the online Volunteer Portal. “Orientation” and “Pilot Training Phases” will occur June through September.

Anyone who has previously filled out the online inquiry form on the Tryon 2018 website does not need to resubmit the form to receive an invitation to the online Volunteer Portal. Interested parties who have not yet submitted an inquiry form may do so. Please click here to submit a volunteer inquiry.

To view the Volunteer Program FAQ, please click here.

Housing Update:

Local accommodations may be booked by clicking here.

The WEG Volunteer Management Committee is also pleased to announce a community hosting initiative for WEG volunteers. Volunteers may request complimentary housing through the online Volunteer Portal on the application form. Hosting families will be located regionally within proximity of TIEC. If you are a homeowner and would like more information on how to host a WEG volunteer, please contact volunteerhousing@tryonweg.com.

Click here to learn more about the WEG Volunteer Program.

For the most updated WEG information, please sign up for the newsletter online at www.tryon2018.com or follow @Tryon2018 on social media.

Media Inquiries
For media inquiries about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, please visit www.tryon2018.com or contact one of the following press officers:

National Press Officer – Carly Weilminster at cweilminster@tryonweg.com or +1(828) 863-1144

International Press Officer – Niki McEwen at niki@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0044(0) 203 176 0355

For more information from the FEI, please contact Shannon Gibbons at shannon.gibbons@fei.org or 0041-78-750-6146.

ABOUT THE TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at www.tryon.com.

ABOUT THE FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES™

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG), which are administered by the 

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. For more information, visit www.tryon2018.com and www.fei.org/tryon-2018.

Please visit www.tryon2018.com or call (828)-863-1000 for more information on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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NCEA Announces the National Reining Horse Association as a New Corporate Sponsor to Support Collegiate Equestrian Programs

Waco, Texas – The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) today announced the most recent additions to the list of sponsors who support the advancement of Women’s Equestrian on the path to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship sport status.

The NCEA strives to collaborate with important equine national affiliates. Through strong connections with these affiliates, the NCEA can continue to work on achieving championship status for the sport of NCAA Equestrian. The expansion of the sponsor network to include national affiliates provides for a more inclusive approach to support new athletic opportunities for women on collegiate teams.

“The addition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) as a national affiliate is a wonderful addition to the strong list of NCEA sponsors. It is exciting to learn about the strong connection between many of our NCEA student-athletes and the NRHA. The positive experiences these young women had contributes to their strong work ethic and character when they compete as a NCAA Equestrian student- athletes,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, Executive Director of the NCEA. “We hope to work collaboratively with the NRHA to better serve the equine industry as well as improve the world of NCAA Equestrian.”

“The NRHA is excited to partner with the NCEA as the official reining sponsor. When you look at the number of NRHA competitors that have gone on to compete in the NCEA it only makes sense to support them in their endeavors during college. The exposure we gain from our outstanding athletes is simply incredible and we can’t wait to see what is achieved not only by the NCEA but by the riders too during our partnership,” said Hayley Eberle, Manager of Marketing & Outreach of the NRHA.

“As the collegiate sport of equestrian has demonstrated over the last several years, the expansion of the corporate sponsor program has a direct link to the increased opportunities to ride in college. Our teams are pleased to support our corporate sponsors,” said Kevin Hurley, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Texas A&M University and NCEA Sport Advancement Committee Member.

“We are pleased with the NRHA’s decision to support our NCAA student-athletes,” said John Hull, Co-Chair of the NCEA National Advisory Board. “Since women’s competitive equestrian sports are growing at many top universities it is beneficial for our counterparts to be backing our programs. This alliance is yet another positive sponsor collaboration for both the NCEA and NRHA. We’re looking forward to expanding NCAA Equestrian opportunities for women in the years to come.”

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Additional Comment Period Open until Feb. 1 on ELD Mandate

From Protect the Harvest - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has opened a comment period regarding an exemption request for small businesses. We encourage everyone the ELD Mandate will impact to take advantage of this opportunity to voice their concerns.

The comment period was opened due to an exemption request submitted to the FMCSA by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). The OOIDA is seeking a five-year exemption for the compliance with the ELD mandate for small trucking companies. This exemption would apply to small businesses that show less than $27.5 million in yearly revenue. According to the information on the FMCSA website, the OOIDA asserts that this exemption, “…would allow small business motor carriers to maintain their current practices that have resulted in a proven safety record. The term of the requested exemption, if granted, is for five years, subject to renewal upon application.”

The comment period ends on February 1st, 2018.

The OOIDA is one group of a long list that have spoken out against the ELD Mandate. We have compiled a list of the variety of groups, lawmakers and public officials that have voiced their concerns and sent letters. That list can be found online here (bottom of the article): http://protecttheharvest.com/2017/12/11/giant-step-back-animal-welfare-eld-mandate/

For information about the ELD Mandate and how it will impact the Horse Industry: http://protecttheharvest.com/2017/11/29/eld-mandate-will-impact-the-horse-industry/

Link to comment section on the FMCSA website: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FMCSA-2017-0356-0002

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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NCEA Announces the National Reining Horse Association as a New Corporate Sponsor to Support Collegiate Equestrian Programs

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Waco, Texas – The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) today announced the most recent additions to the list of sponsors who support the advancement of Women’s Equestrian on the path to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship sport status.

The NCEA strives to collaborate with important equine national affiliates. Through strong connections with these affiliates, the NCEA can continue to work on achieving championship status for the sport of NCAA Equestrian. The expansion of the sponsor network to include national affiliates provides for a more inclusive approach to support new athletic opportunities for women on collegiate teams.

“The addition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) as a national affiliate is a wonderful addition to the strong list of NCEA sponsors. It is exciting to learn about the strong connection between many of our NCEA student-athletes and the NRHA. The positive experiences these young women had contributes to their strong work ethic and character when they compete as a NCAA Equestrian student- athletes,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, Executive Director of the NCEA. “We hope to work collaboratively with the NRHA to better serve the equine industry as well as improve the world of NCAA Equestrian.”

“The NRHA is excited to partner with the NCEA as the official reining sponsor. When you look at the number of NRHA competitors that have gone on to compete in the NCEA it only makes sense to support them in their endeavors during college. The exposure we gain from our outstanding athletes is simply incredible and we can’t wait to see what is achieved not only by the NCEA but by the riders too during our partnership,” said Hayley Eberle, Manager of Marketing & Outreach of the NRHA.

“As the collegiate sport of equestrian has demonstrated over the last several years, the expansion of the corporate sponsor program has a direct link to the increased opportunities to ride in college. Our teams are pleased to support our corporate sponsors,” said Kevin Hurley, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Texas A&M University and NCEA Sport Advancement Committee Member.

“We are pleased with the NRHA’s decision to support our NCAA student-athletes,” said John Hull, Co-Chair of the NCEA National Advisory Board. “Since women’s competitive equestrian sports are growing at many top universities it is beneficial for our counterparts to be backing our programs. This alliance is yet another positive sponsor collaboration for both the NCEA and NRHA. We’re looking forward to expanding NCAA Equestrian opportunities for women in the years to come.”

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Landmark Tax Bill Crosses the Finish Line

The Senate hustled early Wednesday morning, December 20 to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 by a vote of 51-48.  Although the House passed the bill Tuesday afternoon, congressional budget rules required the Senate to return the bill to the House for a revote on Wednesday to address technical changes.  While details related to the 1100-page conference report on the final legislation continue to emerge, please see the below highlights that will have the most direct impact on the horse industry:

Business Provisions

  • Corporate Taxes :  The new tax law reduces the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% and takes effect January 1.  AHC members filing as “C corporations,” which are generally identified by the suffix, “Inc.,” will see an immediate reduction in their official, or statutory tax rate.  AHC members filing as “C corporations” would include racetracks, makers of pharmaceuticals and agricultural equipment, and large breeding operations governed by officers and a board of directors, among others.  While many policy experts believe that the new tax code will be easier to navigate from a business perspective, corporate taxpayers’ effective liability will vary to the extent they are able to utilize the new code’s remaining deductions, some of which are outlined below.
  • Small Business, “Pass-Through” Deduction :  The Tax Cut and Jobs Act establishes a 20% deduction for the first $315,000 of joint income, or $157,500 for individual filers, from “pass-through” entities such as partnerships, sole proprietorships and S corporations.  This new provision could benefit small businesses that generally report incomes at or near the new threshold level.  While various types of “pass-throughs” constitute the fastest growing segment of AHC members, they also include the majority of U.S. farms.  According to Department of Agriculture data, 85% of domestic agriculture production comes from “pass through” entities.
  • Bonus Depreciation of Equipment: The House and Senate conference report includes 100% bonus depreciation – an increase from the current 50% rate - through December 31, 2022, for property placed in service after September 27, 2017.  Beginning in 2023, bonus depreciation is reduced from 100%, to 80% in 2024, then falls by 20% increments each year through 2026.  Farm equipment used in a business operation, breeding stock and according to a preliminary reviews of the final language, race horses will benefit from the robust deduction.
  • Losses at the Racetracks :  The final law preserves the deduction of losses “sustained … on wagering transactions to the extent of the gains” realized “during the taxable year.”  However, the law clarifies that the “limitation on losses from wagering transactions applies not only to the actual costs of the wages, but to other expenses incurred by the individual in connection with the conduct of that individual’s gambling activity.”  For example, the law subjects the deduction for travel expenses to and from a racetrack to the cap established by the amount of the gains.  Like many of the deductions in the bill, the provision sunsets after 2025.
  • Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) – The new law repeals the corporate AMT, ending the need to calculate tax liability twice for a single filing.

Individual Provisions

  • Estate Tax:  The final law ultimately preserves the estate tax, but doubles the current exemptions of $5.49 million for individuals and $10.98 million for married couples.  Raising the statutory threshold will reduce the number of farms and family businesses subject to the tax.  It will also spare many family-run businesses from jumping over accounting hurdles to avoid the tax altogether.
  • State and Local Taxes (SALT) – The tax law includes a significantly downsized, itemized deduction for up to $10,000 of state and local property taxes.  This provision – which eliminates the unlimited, longstanding deduction for state, sales and local property taxes – may pose challenges for AHC members who file returns in high-tax states next year.
  • Mortgage Interest: The new law reduces the current $1 million cap on mortgage interest to $750,000, which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will apply to homes purchased after January 1, 2018.
  • Charitable Contributions:  In cases of individual cash contributions, the final law increases the percentage-limit deduction from the current rate of 50% of the donor’s adjusted gross income (AGI) to 60% of AGI.

Now the Real Work Begins

Tax policy experts predict that the fast moving tax law will result in a lengthy bill in 2018 to address technical corrections to clarify ambiguous provisions.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will also begin a years-long process of promulgating regulations to implement the new law.  AHC recommends that members consult their accountants or other tax professionals to begin assessing the new tax landscape for 2018 and beyond. To view a 550-page copy of an explanation of the final conference report of the bill, please click here:  http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20171218/Joint%20Explanatory%20Statement.pdf. For more information related to the new tax law and next steps, including technical corrections and implementation, please contact Bryan Brendle, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, at bbrendle@horsecouncil.org.

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