September 2009 Dressage News Announcements

Sylvia Loch Symposium Oct. 2-4; Purina Announces Winner of HOW Sweepstakes; Enter PRE Raffle; Help Equine Research; House Votes to Save Wild Horses

Sylvia Loch Symposium Oct. 2-4
The Classical Dressage Symposium with Sylvia Loch, sponsored by the Midwest Dressage Association will take place Oct. 2-4 at the McPhail Equine Performance Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. For further information, go to

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Purina Announces Winner of HOW Sweepstakes
The winner of Purina’s HOW Horse Owner’s Workshop Sweepstakes is Chelsea Bland of Wichita, Kan. She will receive a custom-built trailer from Twister Trailer, a Priefert prefabricated barn, a $1,000 Wrangler? Jeans gift certificate, a trip for two to the Wrangler Western Wear National Finals Rodeo, a $1,000 Carhartt? gift certificate, one ton of Purina Premium Horse Feed and more horse products. Regional prize winners are Maryilyn Heldt of Omaha, Neb., and Robin Aaronson of Coal Valley, Ill. Each received a 2008 John Deere Gator 620i, a $1,000 Carhartt gift certificate and $250 in Wrangler apparel.

The sweepstakes was part of the 2008 HOW Horse Owner’s Workshop, an annual grassroots educational event that involves more than 1,000 Purina dealers across the United States. The Horse Owner’s Workshop is held January through May each year and provides horse owners with up-to-date information on equine nutrition, veterinary issues, health maintenance, training techniques, the latest gear and more. For more information, go to

Enter PRE Raffle
The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse is raffling 2-year-old Pure Spanish Horse mare Maravilla RSDP on November 26. Tickets are $10 each or 11 tickets for $100 or 111 tickets for $1,000. Go to for further information.

Help Equine Research
Cornell University laboratories are conducting a study on the genetics of body size in the horse. The researchers would like hair samples (for DNA) and body measurements of as many horses as possible. To participate, contact the Brooks and Sutter Genetics Labs at 607-254-8217, [email protected] or at 607-253-3592, [email protected].

House Votes to Save Wild Horses
The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the “Restore Our American Mustangs” (ROAM) Act, H.R. 1018, a federal bill to protect wild horses and burros from commercial sale and slaughter. The bill also implements money-saving solutions to manage wild horses. The bill passed in the House by a 239-to-185 vote. The bill has been received by the Senate and referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. If adopted by the Senate and signed by the President, the legislation is expected to save millions of tax dollars by diminishing the need for costly roundups and housing captive wild horses on a large scale. This would be accomplished through the Bureau of Land Management’s use of fertility control and allowing horses to occupy more of the public lands they once inhabited.