THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CLOSED
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EVENT DATE Apr 05, 2016
THE ARABIAN COALITION (“TAC”) consists of Arabian horse enthusiasts, breeders/owners/operators of Arabian horses or equine facilities, and exhibitors/trainers/handlers and/or spectators with concerns for the welfare and safety of the Arabian horse, the Arabian horse breed, and the Arabian horse industry with interests impacting all facets of the Arabian horse industry.
An area of overwhelming concern for our members are the tactics used in the Halter Division, as many of us perceive these methods to be severely detrimental to the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of Arabian halter horses. Despite the fact that there are clear rules in place by the Arabian Horse Association and the United States Equestrian Federation, handlers and owners are rarely held accountable for breaking these policies. Therefore, after the 2015 United States National Arabian & Half-Arabian Horse Show, protests were filed against the most egregious of the responsible parties. The equine behaviorists advising TAC felt these individuals had disregarded the rules with the United States Equestrian Federation most profoundly. Although dismissals were requested by the defendents, they were denied, and we have an Administrative Hearing in Lexington, KY at USEF on April 5, 2016. This hearing will decide the outcome of our protests.
Needless to say, the more prepared we are, the better. We need to have as much evidence and as many professional opinions as possible to plead our case. This hearing will go a long way in determining the future success of TAC, and it will set a precedent for what the Arabian Horse community is and is not willing to accept. In order to insure a favorable outcome, we feel that the following is necessary for the hearing:
- The testimony of Jenny Biehunko, DVM, owner of Veterinary Behavior Consults of Alabama and Resident at the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Dr. Biehunko is an advisor to TAC and has been a part of the process of filing the protests from the start.
- The testimony of Sharon Crowell-Davis, DVM, professor at the University of Georgia. Dr. Crowell-Davis is also an advisor to TAC. She studied Neurobiology and Equine Behavior at Cornell University.
- The testimony of Jackie van den Biggelaar, owner of the internationally-recognized Arabian horse farm Vlasakker Arabians in The Netherlands. Ms. Van den Biggelaar has trained and shown many Arabian horses to international halter championships. She has been president of the breeding commission for the Dutch registry, which is the commission that makes, preserves and improves the rules for breeding Arabian horses. She studied reproduction at Colorado State University with Dr. Pickett, and behavioral issues in horses with Cornell University. Further veterinary studies were followed at Rijks Universiteit Utrecht, in The Netherlands.
- A letter of testimony from Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, MRCVS. Dr. Dodman is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and Professor, Section Head and Program Director of the Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Dodman is one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists.
- A court reporter (which USEF does not provide) to make a legal record of the proceedings.
This amazing group of experts will make the likelihood of our success so much greater. However, we need to be prepared to pay for their travel and expertise, which is why we have set up a fundraising site. If every member of TAC's Facebook Group donated just $10, we would have what we need. There is no doubt that we all share a passion for this mission. Please do what you can to make this possible. It could truly be the difference between success and failure.