Chair, Senator Curt McKenzie 332-1407
Vice Chair, Senator Patti Anne Lodge 332-1320
Senator Bart Davis 332-1305
Pro Tem, Senator Brent Hill 332-1300
Senator Chuck Winder 332-1308
Senator Jeff C. Siddoway 332-1342
Senator Todd M. Lakey 332-1328

After being authorized only two years ago, Historical Horse Racing is in serious jeopardy.  Legislation repealing Historical Horse Racing Machines (like the one shown here at Les Bois Park) in Idaho is gaining support in the Idaho Legislature, but we cannot afford to lose this new revenue source. 
In its first six months, Historical Horse Racing has increased purses, lead to improvement in facilities, and provided more than $63,000.00 in funding to Idaho’s small track fund and breeding programs, and more than $156,000.00 has gone to Idaho schools and racing commission.  Imagine the impact after six years, or six decades.  We may never see the true impact.

CALL or EMAIL Members of the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee (listed above), and ask them to SAVE HISTORICAL HORSE RACING.  Useful facts and figures can be found in the reports and facts attached to this email.

Informational Booklet on Idaho Gaming
2010 Equine Status Report, University of Idaho

  • Idaho has an estimated 210,000 equine, including riding horses, draft horses, ponies, miniature horses, donkey, mules, wild horses and other equine.
  • Equine owners paid over $48 million in salaries to full and part time workers for the care and training of their equine.
  • Equine owners had a total of $1.6 billion in assets related to their equine, including the value of the equine, barns, and equipment.
  • Over 4 million acres in Idaho are devoted to the use and care of equine.
  • The state horse of Idaho, the Appaloosa, is derived from horses bred by the Nez Perce tribe in North Idaho and Eastern Washington. The breed was revitalized in the 1930s and the Appaloosa Horse Club has registered over 635,000 horses

Economic Impact of Pari-Mutuel Gaming in Idaho

Congress Passes Tax Extender Bill for 2014

Congress Passes Tax Extender Bill for 2014

The Senate followed the House of Representatives and passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771).  The President is expected to sign the bill shortly, possibly this week before the lame-duck session of the 113th Congress ends.

The bill would extend for 2014 several tax provisions favorable to horse owners, breeders, and equine businesses that expired or were reduced at the end of 2013, including three-year depreciation for all race horses.  The bill extends these provisions retroactively for eligible equine assets, including horses, purchased and/or placed in service at any time in 2014.  The extensions are effective only through December 31, 2014.  On January 1, 2015 they again expire or revert to prior levels.  Continue reading


The Equine Industry has lost a legend, you will be missed David Stoecklein
1949 – 2014. Legendary photographer David R. Stoecklein left his mark on our world in more ways than one. The son of Bernard and Dorothy and brother of Buzzy, Julie, Walter and Debbie Stoecklein, he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1949. During his early 20s he headed west to pursue his passion for photography. David met Mary Jagger in 1976 and after moving to Sun Valley, Idaho, they married and were blessed with three boys – Drew, Taylor and Colby. Continue reading

Second Call for Nominations for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Second Call for Nominations for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

The Bureau of Land Management today announced a second call for public nominations over a 30-day period to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  To be considered for appointment, nominations must be submitted via email or fax by December 18, 2014, or postmarked by the same date.  Continue reading

National Economic Impact of the U.S. Horse Industry

Idaho Horse Expo 2015, April 17,18,19

This Years Clinician is Ruben Villasenor ,

Horsemen’s Western Dressage ,About Horsemen’s Western Dressage

Horsemen’s Western Dressage’s experience has been developed and honed through the years within the Villasenor family. The Villasenor family has a long history of outstanding horsemanship, experience and traditions have been passed down through the generations. As a young boy in Mexico it was Ruben Villasenor, owner of Horsemen’s Western Dressage, responsibility to tame wild horses that were rounded up in the mountains of Jalisco. As a child he knew little about the processes involved but dedicated himself to earning the trust and respect of those wild horses. Now, as the owner of Horsemen’s Western Dressage, he works with all breeds of horses and train for all disciplines. HWD believes that the more we teach our horses the more capable and dedicated they will be to our relationship with them.

Training Techniques

Horsemen’s Western Dressage utilizes a unique the methods with a Bosal. HWD offers their clients and the public a new and fresh approach to the correct use and fit of this very effwctive but often misunderstood tool.

HWD’s training techniques are good for the horse and easy for the horseperson to understand and implement. We believe that if you are not having a good time while working with your horse then it is time to learn how to, after all, most of us at the end of the day want to spend time enjoying our horses not struggling with them.