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September 23, 2010

Top Equine Athletes Converge in Kentucky

HSUS staff attends World Equestrian Games to advocate for humane treatment and training of horses

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The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), the largest equestrian competition ever held in the United States, gets underway at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, September 25. Representatives from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will be on site during all 16 days of competition.

In recent years, certain equestrian sports have addressed issues affecting horse health and welfare, such as training techniques, course construction and use of medications. The HSUS commends national and international efforts to improve conditions for horses at all levels of competition and supports continued efforts to improve equine welfare. It is The HSUS’s hope that WEG organizers will take this opportunity to display the horse’s many talents and athletic endeavors in a humane way.

"The HSUS believes that the humane treatment and training of all horses—whether they are high-level competition horses or backyard companion animals—should be of paramount importance to the rider, trainer, discipline and industry," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The HSUS.

”We have long advocated for the use of humane training techniques, such as natural horsemanship, and have actively worked to end cruel training methods, such as the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.”

This event will bring more than 1,000 horses from 58 countries to Lexington to compete in eight internationally recognized disciplines: dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, para dressage, reining and vaulting. In addition to celebrating these sports, WEG offers the horse world an opportunity to highlight specific breeds and other equestrian-related pursuits.

If you are attending the World Equestrian Games between September 25 and October 10, please visit The HSUS at booth #16 in the Trade Show Village at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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