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JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER


WE ARE GEARING UP FOR EQUIFEST OF KANSAS 2018!  FEBRUARY 23RD-25TH, KANSAS EXPOCENTRE
TOPEKA, KS!
  CHECK OUT www.equifestofks.com  ONLINE FOR ADVANCE
WRISTBAND DAY & WEEKEND PASSES NOW ON SALE!
CHILDREN 12 & UNDER ARE FREE!
 PURCHASE DIRECT THROUGH THE EQUIFEST WEBSITE BY FEBUARY 5TH, AND SAVE ADDITIONAL PROCESSING FEES!



KANSAS HORSE COUNCIL ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS HAVE BEEN EMAILED AND SENT VIA USPS.  MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR RENEWALS IN FOR THE NEW CALENDAR YEAR TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE KANSAS HORSE COUNCIL MEMBER BENEFITS.
IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR RENEWAL FORM, PLEASE CONTACT US AT 785-776-0662.


AS A KHC MEMBER, OR JUST CURIOUS WHO WE ARE, YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE KANSAS HORSE COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING, JANUARY 27TH AT THE CAPITOL PLAZA HOTEL IN TOPEKA, KS.
  11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
PLEASE RSVP to director@kansashorsecouncil.com
by January 15th.


AS A MEMBER OF KANSAS HORSE COUNCIL, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS ON NATIONALLY KNOWN PRODUCTS THROUGH THE NTRA ADVANTAGE PROGRAM.



ADDITIONAL KANSAS HORSE COUNCIL MEMBER BENEFITS ARE OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION AT THESE PARTICIPATING RETAILERS.
DISCOUNTS ARE FOR CURRENT KANSAS HORSE COUNCIL MEMBERS ONLY. 


SEVERAL OF THE LISTED RETAILERS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE AT 2018 EQUIFEST OF KANSAS AS WELL!
COME SHOP WITH THEM!


Our Purchasing Partners



Show your KHC member card at checkout and receive valuable discounts from these merchants.

Country Floral & Gifts, Junction City




Ray Logan Boots & More


Rittel's Western Wear
Abilene, KS







EQUIFEST OF KANSAS 2018 IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS & CHAIR PERSONS!
PARTICIPATE IN AND EXPERIENCE THE
 MID-WEST'S LARGEST EQUINE EXPO! 


EQUIFEST OF KANSAS
  February 23 -25, 2018 
 Kansas Expocentre, Topeka  
                         
Kansas' All Breed Horse Fair and Exposition Featuring:

  ~ BOBBY KERR ~
MUSTANG TRAINER/ENTERTAINER
VOTED PRCA 2017 SPECIALITY ACT OF THE YEAR!

 

 ~ PAUL HUMPHREY ~
"BREAKING THE MOLD", AUTHOR/CLINICIAN/TRAINER

Click here for a preview of all you will experience with Paul at EquiFest!

~ BRAD LUND ~
WORKING COWHORSE CLINICIAN/TRAINER

 
~METTE ROSENCRANTZ~
CLASSIC DRESSAGE CLINICIAN


~LYNN RINGROSE MOE~
COWBOY DRESSAGE CLINICIAN


~LARRY WHITESELL~
GAITED HORSE CLINICIAN


~DAVE "SHOWTIME" MEYER~
PROFESSIONAL RODEO CLOWN & ENTERTAINER
https://www.facebook.com/Daveshowtimemeyer/
LIKE his Facebook page! 


WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE ACTION AT EQUIFEST? 
NOW ACCEPTING VOLUNTEERS FOR ALL POSITIONS AT THE 21ST EQUIFEST OF KANSAS, FEBRUARY 23RD-25TH, KANSAS EXPOCENTRE.
CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT 785-776-0662 OR
VENDOR & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS!

www.equifestofks.com


DON'T FORGET THE KANSAS HORSE COUNCIL FOUNDATION BENEFIT SILENT AUCTION AT EQUIFEST OF KANSAS!  DONATIONS MAY BE MADE PAYABLE TO KHCF OR NOW ACCEPTING ITEMS FOR AUCTION FROM EQUINE THEMED GIFT BASKETS, TO NICE USED TACK & EQUINE APPAREL!  CALL US TODAY FOR MORE INFO ON HOW TO DONATE TO THE SCHOLARSHIPS FUND! 785-776-0662.

Seeking a Foundation Chairperson to take the reins! After 5 years, our esteemed Chair, Theresa Peddicord is "retiring". If you are energetic, organized, and have a philanthropic heart, we need YOU. This is a volunteer position responsible for overseeing and managing the Silent Auction at Equifest which is the primary fundraiser for the Kansas Horse Council Scholarships Program, providing $14,000 this past year to applicants who are going into their first year of college and some who are returning to college. Cumulatively over the years, the KHC Scholarships Program has awarded over $108,000 to qualifying applicants. The Scholarships are presented at the annual awards banquet in June. If you are interested in more information, please contact: Justine Staten, director@kansashorsecouncil.com or by phone, 785-776-0662. 

UNWANTED HORSE COALITION


THE UNWANTED HORSE COALITION

IS COMMITTED TO HELPING UNWANTED HORSES BY:
  • Educating current and future horse owners on responsible ownership, proper care and breeding, and options available before a horse becomes unwanted
  • Raising awareness about the unwanted horse issue and its impact on horses and the horse industry
  • Reducing the number of unwanted horses and working toward eliminating the problem
  • Ensuring that horses are treated humanely and with dignity
  • Facilitating the exchange of information on adoption, care, and alternative careers
  • Providing information on end-of-life decisions, including veterinary decisions, euthanasia, and disposal
  • Explaining the issue through presentations at industry gatherings, including horse association meetings, conferences, symposiums, and horse fairs.

AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL NEWS

ELD (ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE) MANDATE INFO

American Horse Council Efforts to Address ELD Mandate

November 30, 2017
Over the past months the American Horse Council (AHC) has reached out to the equine community to determine the potential impact of the upcoming Electronic Logging Device mandate. Based on the information received, the AHC, in collaboration with the rest of the animal agriculture community, has requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) grant a one-year enforcement delay followed by a waiver and limited exemptions from compliance with the December 18, 2017 implementation date for the Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service (HOS). Additionally, we requested that the DOT address the significant problems with the mandate that will occur if the compliance deadline is not extended. The welfare, safety, and health of the animals in transit, together with the safety of other drivers on the road, are top priorities for the equine industry and its enthusiasts.
The livestock sector has consistently been one of the safest of the commercial hauling sectors. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute, showed that of 1,123 accidents involving trucks hauling cargo, only five involved the transportation of livestock. Similarly, the report titled Trucks Involved in Fatal Accidents Fact-book 2005, conducted by the Transportation Research Institute, shows that livestock transporters accounted for just 0.7 percent of fatal accidents. The ELD mandate itself, which is the subject of this petition, does nothing to improve that record of safety over paper logs.
While this figure is not irrelevant, and any safety improvements should be considered, the trajectory of this rule's implementation has left much to be desired.  Despite its being issued nearly two years ago, awareness of this rule among livestock haulers and the equine industry is nearly non-existent. For instance, FMCSA's recent change to include livestock in its interpretation of the 150-air mile exemption for agricultural commodities, a change that the industry strongly supports and appreciates, has raised many additional questions from livestock haulers who are unsure about the mechanics of the new exemption and even if it means they are exempt from the ELD mandate altogether. More time is needed to reach out to the horse industry, and ensure that industry outreach can address ELD compliance and ELD impact.
Many horse operations and competitions are in rural areas, routinely requiring long, and repeated, trips. These animals, when loaded onto trailers, are vulnerable to changes in temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Horse haulers are accustomed to managing these changing conditions through planning, log books and notations in those books. These planning techniques have adapted and evolved over decades as technology has improved. Unfortunately, the quick transition to ELDs does not allow for the natural trial and error process to adequately meet the needs of the horse industry. 
The equine industry and the millions of horse fans who attend equine events rely on safe and effective methods of transportation from every corner of the United States. Domestic transit of our competition and breeding animals is critical to the business continuity of our industry and largely relies on the use of large commercial haulers. These individuals have expressed their concern with the implications of this rule in regards to the negative impacts to standards in welfare, biosecurity and cost.
We are disappointed that the FMCSA did not feel the need to reach out to the larger livestock industry stakeholders prior to finalizing this rule, but specifically for not reaching out to the equine industry considering the constant and repeated travel inherent to the competitive, coast to coast nature of our industry. While horse haulers are able to provide more accommodating shipping conditions compared to other livestock sectors, the issues we have with immediate implementation of the rule mirror those of the larger animal agriculture community.       
The American Horse Council will continue to petition for an enforcement delay, to be followed by a waiver and/or limited exemptions from compliance with the final rule on ELDs, and specifically the expected Hours of Service (HOS). Additionally we will continue to take advantage of any opportunity to collaborate with FMCSA and the DOT during this delay to better meet the needs of the animal agriculture community on future regulatory efforts. 
Please contact Cliff Williamson at the American Horse Council with questions or comments at 202-296-4031 or at  cwilliamson@horsecouncil.org .

FOR MORE INFO REGARDING HOW THIS COULD IMPACT YOU, AS A NON-COMMERICIAL HORSE OWNER!

 

The start of the legislative session is less than 1 month away. Each Tuesday, we share terms unique to horse and greyhound racing so you can share them with your friends to educate them about racing, but we want to do something different.
We know that the legislative process is unique and comes with its own terms. We also know that the legislative process can be lengthy and frustrating, especially when a proposal, like ours, can only benefit Kansans. So, we want to help you better understand the process so you can have better conversations with your representatives to the
 Kansas State House. What are your questions about the legislative process and terms? Go to  http://raceforkansas.com/learn-more/

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