OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM ALL OVER AMERICA CALLS OUT FOR PASSAGE OF THE HR 1518/S.1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, BY U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND U. S. SENATE – THE HORSES ARE, INDEED, THANKFUL!!!!

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SUPPORTERS FOR PASSAGE OF PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS (PAST) ACT
(as of 11/26/13)

Former Senator Joseph Tydings –  Sponsor of Horse Protection Act of 1970  

HR 1518 OPINION POLL ““ MEMBERS,TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE BREEDERS & EXHIBITORS ASSOCIATION-63% of TWHBEA members voted in a landslide FOR Passage of HR 1518/S. 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics, October 16, 2013. An outstanding 26% of TWHBEA members participated in the Poll.

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Newspaper Editorial Boards
1. The Tennessean http://www.tennessean.com/article/20131120/OPINION01/311200120/Lawmakers-silent-horse-bill

2. Chattanooga Times Free Press – HR 1518 POLL – http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/oct/22/walking-horse-poll-pans-use-of-pads/

Public Opinion Poll in Key States with Largest Tennessee Walking Horse Activity
A poll conducted in December 2012 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research found that 75% of Tennessee voters and 69% of Kentucky voters support federal legislation to strengthen the Horse Protection Act by ending the current, failed system of industry self-policing, banning the use of chains and stacks (devices implicated in the soring process) on horses at shows, and increasing penalties for violating the law.

Horse Organizations
1. American Horse Council
2. American Quarter Horse Association
3. American Morgan Horse Association
4. American Paint Horse Association
5. American Saddlebred Horse Association
6. Appaloosa Horse Club
7. Carolina Walkers, Inc. (South Carolina)
8. Delaware Equine Council
9. European Tennessee Walking Horse Association
10. Fenway Foundation for Friesian Horses
11. For The Tennessee Walking Horse
12. Friends of Sound Horses
13. Friesian Horse Association of North America
14. Gaitway Walking Horse Association (Missouri)
15. Idaho Horse Council
16. International Friesian Show Horse Association
17. Maryland Horse Council
18. Minnesota Horse Council
19. Mountain Pleasure Horse Association (Kentucky)
20. National Plantation Walking Horse Association
21. National Walking Horse Association
22. Natural Walking Horses (Europe)
23. New York State Horse Breeders Association
24. New York State Horse Council
25. New York State Plantation Walking Horse Club
26. Northern California Walking Horse Association
27. Pennsylvania Equine Council
28. Pennsylvania Pleasure Walking Horse Association
29. Pinto Horse Association of America
30. Plantation Walking Horse Association of California
31. Plantation Walking Horses of Maryland
32. Professional Horsemen’s Association of America
33. Pure Pleasure Gaited Horse Association (Oklahoma)
34. Rocky Mountain Horse Association (Kentucky)
35. Sound Trails and Rails Society (Georgia)
36. South Carolina Horse Council
37. South Dakota Quarter Horse Association
38. Southern Comfort Gaited Horse Club (Idaho)
39. Tennessee Walking Horse Association of New Jersey, Inc.
40. Tennessee Walking Horse Association of Oklahoma
41. Tennessee Walking Horse Exhibitors Association of Oregon
42. Tennessee Walking Horse Heritage Society
43. Texas State Horse Council
44. United Pleasure Walking Horse Association (Missouri)
45. United Professional Horsemen’s Association
46. United States Equestrian Federation
47. Walking Horse Association of Michigan
48. World Walking Horse Association
49. Yankee Walkers/Gaited Horses of New England (Maine/New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island/Connecticut, and Vermont)

Veterinary and Animal Health Organizations
1. American Veterinary Medical Association
2. American Association of Equine Practitioners
3. National Association of Federal Veterinarians
4. U.S. Animal Health Association
5. Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
6. Veterinarians for Equine Welfare
7. Alabama Veterinary Medical Association
8. Alaska Veterinary Medical Association
9. Arizona Veterinary Medical Association
10. Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association
11. California Veterinary Medical Association
12. Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
13. Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association
14. Delaware Veterinary Medical Association
15. District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Association
16. Florida Association of Equine Practitioners
17. Florida Veterinary Medical Association
18. Georgia Veterinary Medical Association
19. Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association
20. Idaho Veterinary Medical Association
21. Illinois Veterinary Medical Association
22. Indiana Veterinary Medical Association
23. Iowa Veterinary Medical Association
24. Kansas Veterinary Medical Association
25. Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association
26. Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association
27. Maine Veterinary Medical Association
28. Maryland Veterinary Medical Association
29. Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association
30. Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
31. Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association
32. Missouri Veterinary Medical Association
33. Montana Veterinary Medical Association
34. Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association
35. Nevada Veterinary Medical Association
36. New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association
37. New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association
38. New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association
39. New York State Veterinary Medical Association
40. North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
41. North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association
42. Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
43. Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association
44. Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
45. Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association
46. Puerto Rico Veterinary Medical Association
47. Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association
48. South Carolina Association of Veterinarians
49. South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association
50. Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association
51. Texas Veterinary Medical Association
52. Utah Veterinary Medical Association
53. Vermont Veterinary Medical Association
54. Virginia Veterinary Medical Association
55. Washington State Veterinary Medical Association
56. West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association
57. Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association
58. Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association
59. Donna Preston Moore, DVM, former head of USDA’s Horse Protection Program

Veterinary and Animal Health Organizations
60. Michelle Abraham, Resident, New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
61. Susan Botts, DVM
62. Angela M. Dion, DVM
63. Hanna Galantino-Homer, VMD, PHD
64. Alicia Grossman, DVM
65. Sue Lindborg, CVT Research Specialist New Bolton Center, University of PA School Of Veterinary Medicine
66. Midge Leitch, VMD, former head of Radiology, New Bolton Center, University of PA School Of Veterinary Medicine
67. Harry Werner, VMD, past president, American Association of Equine Practitioners
68. Judith L. Ford, Veterinary Technician
69. Benson B. Martin, DVM, Associate Professor Sports Medicine, New Bolton Center, University of PA School of Veterinary Medicine
70. Nat Messer, DVM, University of Missouri College of Veterinary
71. Mary A. Robinson, VMD, PhD
72. Mary Lynn Stanton, DVM
73. Joy Tomlinson, DVM
74. Steve O’Grady, DVM, APF
75. Alicia Grossman, DVM

Animal Protection Organizations
1. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
2. Animal Law Coalition
3. Animal Legal Defense Fund
4. Animal Welfare Institute
5. Dakin Humane Society (Massachusetts)
6. Equine Welfare Alliance
7. Homes for Horses Coalition
8. Horse Harbor Foundation (Washington State)
9. Humane Society Legislative Fund
10. Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition
11. Mississippi Horses
12. Nevins Farm & Equine Center, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
13. Oregon Horse Welfare Council
14. Second Chance Ranch (Washington State)
15. Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection
16. The Humane Society of the United States
17. Virginia Alliance for Animal Shelters
18. Virginia Equine Welfare Society
19. Virginia Federation of Humane Societies
20. Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Horse Industry Professionals
1. Marty Irby, Past President, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association
2. Gary Lane, Gaited Horse Clinician
3. Chuck Cadle, Past Executive Director, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association
4. Georgina Bloomberg, professional equestrian sponsored by Ariat International
5. Leslie Desmond, natural horsemanship clinician and author
6. Susan Kayne, host of “Unbridled” television show
7. Pat Parelli, founder of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, a humane training method
8. Tom Seay, Best of America by Horseback, the top trail riding show on TV
9. Jan Ebeling, dressage trainer, member of the 2012 Olympic dressage team for the USA and co-owner of Rafalca
10. Dr. April Austin, USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist
11. Gael Borquin, dressage and eventing coach
12. Karl Mikolka, Former Chief Rider, Spanish Riding School, Vienna, Austria and USDF Hall of Fame
13. E. Allen Buck, Sympathetic Horsemanship
14. Steffen Peters, American Olympian and FEI rider
15. Shannon Peters, dressage instructor and FEI rider
16. Sheryl Rudolph, FITS/Fun in the Saddle, Inc.
17. Heather Barklow, Equine Connections, LLC
18. Diane Sept, Connected Riding Senior Instructor
19. Anita Adams, dressage trainer and FEI rider
20. Mary Werning, dressage trainer and FEI Rider, USDF Medalist
21. Maria Lisa Eastman, Raintree Equine Assisted Services, equine therapy program
22. Dr. Christine Teicheira, equine and human chiropractor
23. Gigi Nutter, USDF Gold Medalist, dressage trainer, owner Touch-N-Go Farm
24. Lisa Kelly Simmons, Lipizzan breeder, Past Director of the United States Lipizzan Federation
25. Jayne Fingerhut, MA, CMT, USDF Regional Champion Rider, equine business patent holder and manufacturer
26. Michelle Andrews Sabol, director of an equestrian therapy program
27. Holly Mason, Equine Biomechanics Specialist, author of It’s Never Too Late
28. Monty Roberts, award-winning trainer, best-selling author of The Man Who Listens to Horses
29. Donna Benefield ““ International Walking Horse Association

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