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Today the CHDC releases 'CFIA and the Art of Evasion' in response to the CFIA's deflection tactics to questions concerning the welfare of horses in Canada's horse slaughter plants and the safety of horsemeat for human consumption.

Janine Engelman went through the market crash of Arabians, Quarter Horses and Paints and now fears that both the harness racing and galloping variety may follow suit. 'I have been involved in the rise and fall of many breeds,' said Engelman, who runs the 115 acre facility named Engelwood Paint Horses in Bloomsburg PA.

Wonderfully warm-hearted carriage horse people and compassionate riding horse trainers - true crusaders of kindness and caring - are swarming down like gentle locusts on harness racing's Monticello Harness Racing track in Monticello, New York. They are offering hefty sums -- some as absurdly high as $200.00 US -- for those unfortunate horses who are performing too poorly to participate in actual races.

When Rosecroft Raceway assistant harness racing secretary Megan Fortna reached out to her Facebook friends to help her rescue a 14-year-old quarter horse, she didn't know exactly what to expect.

The universal birthday for all harness racing horses is January 1 in North America. But for 23 Standardbreds from Carroll County, Md., October 6 might be a fitting date for the start of a new life.

In 1996 Anita TenBruggencate had the idea of establishing an adoption organization for retired Standardbreds in Ontario and her hard work and dedication led to the formation of the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society which has placed more than 500 harness racing horses since that time.

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) today announced a new program to allow Standardbred owners to share in the earnings of their racehorses with non-competitive harness racing Standardbreds in need of a home.

Hoosier Park is pleased to welcome C.S.C. Farms Wildlife Rehab to the Memorial Day harness racing program. The organization, based in Hartford City, Ind. will offer guests of all ages a look at some of the exotic animals that are currently based at their facility. Included in the display is an alligator and a Munt Jak, which is a miniature deer.

Josephine Hodges' Blue Moon Rising standardbred Breeding farm, a member of D.A.R's. safety net farm system, has recently taken on an 8 year old harness racing broodmare now named Justice; her working name was Shooting Star.

Attractive bonuses have been added to the newly combined Niatross and Standardbred Retirement Foundation's race for harness racing 2-year-olds. While every 2-year-old is eligible to the race, horses nominated that are sired by a stallion for which just one breeding was donated to SRF in 2011 will enjoy the new bonuses.

God works in some wonderful yet mysterious ways, but yesterday (Thursday January 13) when the waters receded enough for a recovery mission Mother Nature finally shone on Clive Palmer's harness racing farm - Cold Mountain Stud - when it was revealed that miraculously just one racehorse and 12 yearlings were killed in the floods.

Harness racing in Queensland is coping well having lost just two race-day meetings following the worst floods seen in the state for several decades. So far 10 people have died and 80 are still missing but a shortened Gold Coast meeting will still be staged tonight (Friday January 14) at Parklands Raceway.

Harness Racing Victoria has joined forces with the Rotary Clubs of Melton and Melton Valley to stage a special Queensland Flood Disaster Appeal Night at Tabcorp Park on Thursday, February 3. To be held just two days prior to the BIG6 Hunter Cup, harness racing fever will be in full force as Australasia's leading drivers, trainers and owners will be in town for the second night of the SKY Racing Nights Of Glory.

"This is the worst day of my life! I'm sitting on my roof watching horses and cows drown in front of me as they get washed away. I'm about to lose everything. I am very upset. I hope I survive." Those heartfelt words were posted on Facebook by Queensland harness racing trainer and driver, Murray Sullivan junior just moments before his blackberry phone died.

Australia's worst floods in decades hit Toowoomba, the South East Queensland town nicknamed the 'Garden City', heavily yesterday (Tuesday January 11) with four confirmed deaths, but thankfully the town's harness racing and thoroughbred farm - Burwood Stud has escaped virtually unscathed.

Harness racing flood victims in Queensland can look forward to some financial relief from both the Government and an 'Australia Unites' telethon which was held last Sunday. The floods have devastated towns and regions in Queensland leaving thousands homeless and destitute, with 10 fatalities and 90 people missing.

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