Otter Votes Yes on Prop 1

October 30, 2018 06:00 AM

Updated October 30, 2018 08:41 AM

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American Horse Council Surveys

Please find below two surveys AHC has been asked to circulate to horse owners. We would greatly appreciate your inclusion in newsletters and social media to your association members.

 1)     Survey targeting competitors to identify ways to encourage great participation in shows/competitions.

 2)     Survey to all horse owners to help identify equine research needed. This will be used by organizations that fund equine research to help focus and set priorities.

Julie M. Broadway, CAE®

President – American Horse Council & American Horse Council Foundation

1616 H Street NW, 7th Floor Washington DC 20006

Phone: 202-296-4031

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Please Join Us for Our Annual Meeting Idaho Horse Council Meeting Saturday, November 17, 2018

Idaho Horse Council 2018
Idaho Horse Council Meeting Saturday, November 17, 2018
Les Schwab Corral, (Ford Idaho Horse Park Restaurant)
16260 Idaho Center Blvd, Nampa, ID 83687
November 17, 2018
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 Registration Desk Opens
8:30 Welcome Charlene Cooper – Idaho Horse Council
9:00 Cody Burlile –Idaho State Brand Inspector
9:30 Bill Conger President – Back Country Horsemen of Idaho
10:00 Q & A for Trails in Idaho
10:30 Open Discussion on Trails
10:45 Break
11:15 Dixie Christensen – Idaho Horse Council Youth Fund
11:30 Lunch
1:00 Steve Taylor Board of Directors Responsibilities – Presentation
1:30 Committee Report
Committee Reports:
Finance–Audit Report Diana Wadsworth
Animal Welfare-
Idaho Horse Census – No Report
Idaho Horse Expo
Promotion & Membership
Scholarship Program
Trails & Urban Land Use
Wild Horse
Youth Activities
Historic Racing Youth
Call to Order Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers
Roll Call Directors – Approval of Minutes- Report of Treasurer
Unfinished Business – New Business – Election of Board Members
Closing of Business Meeting
6:30 – 7:00 No Host Bar and Banquet Dinner
After Dinner Speaker Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho Kylee Whitting 2019
After Dinner Speaker Pete Ritter Ridges to River
Live and

Save Idaho Racing big Announcement


The business owners funding the effort to bring historical horse racing machines back to Idaho announced Thursday that they have created a charitable foundation, intended to benefit rural communities with the profits that horse racing produces.

Robert Rebholtz Jr. is one of the five co-owners of Treasure Valley Racing, the business that operates Les Bois Park. At a press conference, he said 100 percent of the business’s net profits will go toward the charity, called Treasure Valley Racing Foundation for Rural Idaho.

“Every dime of net income — the money that comes in, minus salaries, race purses, annual track operations and maintenance expenses — will be solely given to charities. No ifs, ands, or buts,” he said.

The horse racing park isn’t currently open, and hasn’t been since 2016. It closed after the Legislature banned the gambling machines, which replay old horse races but were accused of being too similar to illegal slot machines.

Treasure Valley Racing has said Les Bois is not sustainable without historical horse racing. The co-owners separately told the Statesman their company is done if voters reject Proposition 1. While Rebholtz didn’t address the question Thursday, Save Idaho Horse Racing spokesman Todd Dvorak issued the following statement after the conference:

“We expect the voters of Idaho will pass Proposition 1. If that doesn’t happen, then the owners of Treasure Valley Racing will have to revisit how the foundation will achieve its goals without the revenue generated by live racing returning to Les Bois Park. The owners are providing $100,000 to begin achieving its goals and mission and efforts are already underway to raise additional resources.”

Rebholtz and other speakers took no questions at the press conference.

He said the foundation’s funds would go toward scholarships and financial assistance for Idaho college students, with a preference for those studying agriculture, animal science or equine studies. They would also benefit 4H, FFA, and similar economic or education programs in rural areas; nonprofits that focus on rural Idahoans’ education, health care and “conservation of rural traditions”; and to rural families who need “special assistance,” particularly related to agriculture- or equine-related injuries.

Rebholtz and his business partners will seed the foundation with a $100,000 donation. He said some of the initial funds are pledged toward rehabilitation efforts for Nikeela Black, an Idaho jockey who was recently injured in a horse-racing accident.

Rebholtz tied the foundation’s success to Proposition 1, and said its existence shows the ballot initiative is not just about him and his partners seeking more money.

“For each of us, restoring live horse racing in our state has always been about strengthening Idaho’s rural communities and horse racing family livelihoods,” Rebholtz said.

Who are the people behind Treasure Valley Racing? Visit or pick up a print Idaho Statesman Sunday for more on the partners.

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Equus and Overture Save the Date October 26, 2018

You are personally invited to attend this year’s Equus and Overture Gala, to be held on October 26, 2018 at 6pm Our evening will feature incredible orchestral music performed by members of the Boise Philharmonic as well as performances featuring a wide variety of equine disciplines and some of the most gifted horsemen and horsewomen in our state.
This year we will have a live auction with one-of-a-kind items donated by RC Bean’s Saddlery,
Hadley’s Out West, and the Snake River Stampede. More information on these auction items is available on our Facebook page.  For the first time we will doing ticket sales through ICTickets this year. You may click on the link
below to purchase tickets online, call ICTickets at 208-442-3232 or stop by the ticket office 16114 Idaho Center Blvd, Nampa.Purchase Equus and Overture Gala Tickets Here
Our fundraising goal this year is to work on developing additional RV sites in the horse park.This project will be a significant benefit to our current shows, and is necessary for the park to reach its full potential and attract more and larger shows.
Thank you for your support of the Ford Idaho Horse Park and our Foundation.
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Make informed decision on horse racing proposition

This letter is in response to the Idaho Press’ Editorial Board for their opinion piece of the ‘Save Idaho Horse Racing’ initiative Proposition 1 printed on 9/3/18. They reported that out of $88 million dollars generated by the HHR Terminals, only $600,000 went to the Public-School Fund. They neglected to tell their readers that 90% of that $88 million is returned to the bettors playing the HHR Terminals. The remaining 10% is divided between The Idaho Racing Commission, Public School Fund, Horse Council Youth Programs, Small Track Fund, Purses, Thorobred and Quarterhorse Breeders, and Track Operators. The Idaho Lottery returns 67 cents out of every dollar to the player.

Opponents of HHR Terminals say they are too much like slot machines; then how do the Touch Tab Lottery machines, also a fast paced video wagering game, fly under the radar. They also have a brightly lit up exterior that has a touchscreen that allows the bettor to wager as fast as he can move his fingers. Our Legislators turn a blind eye to them, but have destroyed an Industry that generates $50 million a year into the state according to a study done by Boise State University.

Horse Racing purses have always been generated by the wagers made. Treasure Valley Racing should not be singled out and denied the use of modern technology. The machines use a Pari-Mutual Betting System which has been legal since 1963.

So, ask yourself, who is really being duped? If Proposition 1 fails, who benefits the most – The Tribal Casinos and the Idaho Lottery that will have a monopoly on the market. Go to and get the facts so you can make an informed decision.

Marta Loveland, Caldwell


The Idaho Horse Council sells  metal ($15.00) Equine Activities  Signs, if you are a member of the Idaho Horse Council signs will be $10.00


 6-1801. Definitions. As used in this chapter:

(1) Engages in an equine activity’ means a person who rides, trains, drives or is a passenger upon an equine, whether mounted or unmounted, and does not mean a spectator at an equine activity or a person who participates in the equine activity but does not ride, train, drive or ride as a passenger upon an equine. (2) ‘Equine’ means a horse, pony, mule, donkey or jinny. (3) ‘Equine activity” means:

(a) Equine shows, fairs, competitions, performances or parades that involve any or all breeds of equine and any of the equine disciplines including, but not limited to, dressage, hunter and jumper horse shows, grand prix jumping, three (3) day events, combined training, rodeos, driving, pulling, cutting, polo, steeple chasing, endurance trail riding and western games, and hunting;

(b) Equine training and/or teaching activities; (c) Boarding equines;

(d) Riding, inspecting or evaluating an equine belonging to another whether or not the owner has received some monetary consideration or other thing of value for the use of the equine or in permitting a prospective purchaser of the equine to ride, inspect or evaluate the equine; and

(e) Rides, trips, hunts or other equine activities of any type however informal or impromptu that are sponsored by an equine activity sponsor,

(4) “Equine activity sponsor” means an individual, group or club, partnership or corporation, whether or not the sponsor is operating for profit or nonprofit, which sponsors, organizes or provides the facilities for an equine activity including, but not limited to, pony clubs, 4-H clubs, hunt clubs, riding clubs, school and college sponsored classes and programs, therapeutic riding programs, and operators, instructors and promoters of equine facilities including, but not limited to, stables, clubhouses, pony tide strings, fairs and arenas at which the activity is held.

(5) “Equine professional’ means a person engaged for compensation in:

(a) Instructing a participant or renting to a participant an equine for the purpose of riding, driving or being a passenger

upon the equine; or

(b) Renting equipment or tack to a participant.

(6) ‘Participant’ means any person, whether amateur or professional, who directly engages in an equine activity, whether or not a fee is paid to participate in the equine activity.           [I.C., 6-1801, as added by   1 990, ch. 40, 1. p. 61 .1


6-1802.  Limitation of liability on equine activities. Eq uine professional shall (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, an equine activity sponsor or an eq

not be liable for any injury to or the death of a participant engaged in an equine activity and, except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, no participant nor participant’s representative may maintain an action against or recover from an equine activity sponsor or an equine professional for an injury to or the death of participant engaged in an equine activity.

(2) The provisions of this chapter do not apply to the horse or mule racing industry as regulated in chapter 25, title 54, Idaho


(3) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall prevent or limit the liability of an equine activity sponsor or an equine


(a) If the equine activity sponsor or the equine professional:

(i) Provided the equipment or tack and the equipment or tack caused the injury: or

(ii) Provided the equine and failed to make reasonable and prudent efforts to determine the ability of the participant to engage safely in the equine activity, determine the ability of the equine to behave safely with the participant, and to tterrnine the ability of the participant to safely manage the particular equine;

(iii@ Owns, leases, rents 6r otherwise is in lawful possession and control of the land or facilities upon which the participant sustained injuries because of a dangerous latent condition which was known to or should have been known to the equine activity sponsor or the equine professional and for which warning signs

have not been conspicuously posted;

(iv) Commits an act or omission that constitutes willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the participant and that act or omission caused the injury; (v) Intentionally injures the participant;

(b) Under liability provisions as set forth in the products liability laws; or

(c) Under the liability provisions set forth in chapter 9, title 6, Idaho Code,       k[I.C., 6-1802, as added by 1990,

  1. 40, 1. p.61.1

Compiles notes, Section 2 of S.L. iT, ch. 40 read: ‘7he provisions of this act apply only to causes of action filed on or after July 1, 1990.”


Idaho Code


These sign can be bought at numerous stores and the Idaho Horse Council Office(208-465-5477) for more information.

Idaho State Brand Inspection Update

Idaho State Brand inspection update

Respectfully submitted by Marybeth Conger, BCHI National Director and IHC board member

Last year in Idaho, a bill was proposed to change Title 25, Animals, Chapter11, State Brand Board and eliminate equine annual and lifetime brand inspections since fees collected did not cover expenses. Fortunately, this bill was tabled to give an opportunity for industry input. On September 10, I and many others, attended a collaborative industry meeting at the Idaho State Police Headquarters located in Meridian, Idaho. The purpose of this meeting was for discussions regarding different ideas/proposals to make the equine brand inspection program more financially sustainable.

Attendees included Cody Burlile State Brand Inspector, Idaho Cattle Association, The Beef Board, Idaho Dairy Bureau, Idaho Farm Bureau, Back Country Horsemen of America, Back Country Horsemen of Idaho, American Quarter horse association, Dressage, Idaho Horse Council and the Idaho Horse Board.  It was agreed that the Idaho Horse Council (IHC) would take the lead and write a proposal to reflect a higher fee for equine inspections and submit the IHC board ratified proposal to the other meeting attendees. IHC will work with Cody Burlile to collect information and program insight when drafting the proposal. IHC would need to hire a lobbyist too.

As equine owners, we know these inspections legitimize ownership. But let’s not forget that the Idaho Horse Board (IHB) gets $3.00 for each inspection. Funds collected are then given back to Idaho horse industry yearly in the form of grants to further interests in promotion, research, and education. Since 1989, $496,395 in grants have been awarded. If your chapter is looking for monies to further chapter education or promotion and research, make sure to complete and submit your grant application by December 1st. Details can be found at

Please help to spread the word and let me know, if any questions about the proposed fee increase or how Idaho Horse Board grants can help BCHI chapters achieve education goals.




Proposition 1

Dear Fellow Horsemen,
This fall, Idaho voters across the state will have an opportunity to revive our horse
racing industry and solve a public policy question that the Legislature has been unable
to settle. Proposition 1 would also create hundreds of jobs statewide, boost the
economy, generate millions of dollars for public schools, and provide funding for 4-H
and youth programs.
Proposition 1 provides these benefits through the limited and regulated reauthorization
of Historical Horse Racing terminals, which for a short period in 2014-15 helped keep
our state’s horse racing traditions strong and vibrant. The initiative clearly limits HHR
operation to race tracks that host at least 8 race days per year and approved simulcast
We ask that you formally endorse Proposition 1 and help work for its passage. Thank
you for your consideration and we’re happy to provide any other details of the campaign
to Save Idaho Horse Racing. Should you agree to formally endorse Proposition 1
please notify
Connie Blayney