Edward “Ed” Paul Duren

Edward “Ed” Paul Duren
(June 28, 1935 – November 15, 2017)

Edward Paul Duren, 82, of Soda Springs passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Soda Springs. A Rosary will be held at the Sims Funeral Home on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. and family will visit with friends from 7-9 p.m.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs.

Ed was one of the Idaho Horse Councils Founding Fathers.

The American Horse Council urges members of the horse community to contact their Senators to voice their support for the PAST Act today!

The American Horse Council urges members of the horse community to contact their Senators to voice their support for the PAST Act today!

Attached is a sample letter addressed to Sen. Crapo, who is a prime candidate to introduce the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act this year.  You can personalize or adapt the letter – which describes and summarizes the benefits of the bill – as you see fit.

The staff contact in the DC office is Andrew Earl, who can be reached at Andrew_Earl@crapo.senate.gov.  Just to let you know, I believe that the

Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015 or the PAST Act (Identical to 2016 bill)

This bill amends the Horse Protection Act to establish a new system for inspecting

horses for soring, revise penalties for violations of the Act, and modify enforcement

procedures. The soring of horses is any of various actions taken on a horse’s limb to

produce a higher gait that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must establish requirements to license, train,

assign, and oversee persons hired by the management of horse shows, exhibitions,

sales, or auctions to detect and diagnose sore horses. A license may not be issued to a

person with conflicts of interest, and USDA must give preference to veterinarians. USDA

may revoke a license for unsatisfactory performance. USDA must assign licensed

inspectors after receiving notice that management intends to hire the inspectors. An

inspector must issue a citation for violations and notify USDA of violations. USDA must

publish information on violations of this bill and disqualify a horse that is sore.

The bill prohibits a person in any horse show, exhibition, sale, or auction from causing

or directing a horse to become sore for the purpose of showing, exhibiting, selling, or

auctioning the horse.

The bill prohibits the use of specified devices on a Tennessee Walking, a Racking, or a

Spotted Saddle horse at a show, exhibition, sale, or auction.

The bill increases the maximum criminal and civil liability penalties for certain violations.

USDA may disqualify violators from specified activities related to horse shows,

exhibitions, sales, and auctions.


Therapy Amendment, Increased Support for America’s Veterans

July 31, 2017

AHC Applauds Rep. Barr (R-KY), House Lawmakers, for Passage of Equine Therapy Amendment, Increased Support for America’s Veterans

Prior to adjourning for the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the “Make America Secure Appropriations Act” (H.R. 3219) offered by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), a bill that will increase equine therapy funding for veterans by $5 million during FY2018.  In a statement released Friday, July 28, Congressman Barr expressed his pleasure over passage of the defense spending legislation.  He stated that he is “particularly pleased that the final bill … expands the availability of evidence-based equine treatment for veterans who have suffered trauma while serving our country.”

Before the equine therapy provision becomes law, House and Senate lawmakers must convene a “conference” to negotiate final legislation for a vote in both chambers, and present the bill to the President for his signature.  Because the House will not return to Washington until September 5, Congress will not be able to negotiate a final bill until the fall. Although the Senate currently plans to remain in session through August 11, their agenda remains uncertain.  Following failure of healthcare legislation last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has identified Federal Drug Administration (FDA) funding, Department of Defense (DOD) authorization legislation, and federal appointments as priorities for the next two weeks.  Congress must pass final spending bills, or a continuing resolution, prior to the end of the current fiscal year on September 30.

To view a copy of Rep. Barr’s statement related to the equine therapy amendment, please see the following link: https://barr.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/barr-votes-to-enhance-national-security.    If you would like more information about this bill or related issues in Congress, please contact Bryan Brendle atbbrendle@horsecouncil.orgor 202-296-4031.     

Idaho Horse Council Membership 2017

Membership 2016-2017
Ada County Sheriffs Mounted Possee-ettes
American Blazer Horse Association, Inc.
Appaloosa Horse Club –
Back Country Horsemen of Idaho
Brenda DeLong & CourtneyButler
C Bar F Saddle & Equine You
Cornerstone Equine ( Madison Seamans DVM)
Gateway Reality Advisors
 Intermountain Appaloosa Horse Club
Idaho Dressage & Eventing Assoc.
Idaho Farm Bureau Federation
Idaho Miniature Horse Association
Idaho Quarter Horse Association
Idaho Throughbred Association
Intermountain Appaloosa Horse Club
Palmer , Max
Personal Ponies Ltd. Idaho
Ride For Joy
Southern Comfort Gaited Horse Club
Southwest Idaho Trail & Distance Riders
Southwind Ranch LLC (Elaine Dawkins & Julia Reitdorf)
Thursday Sage Riders
Treasure  Valley Whips Driving Team
Western Riding Club

2017 Breed Challenge Results

Winners of the 2017 Breed Challenge
Congratulations to all that rode…
Great Job!

Breed Challenge Finals 2017

Friday Night

1. Paint Patricia Schuster
2 Mustang Callee Miller Sabrina Amidon
3. Friesien Cindy Amsden
4. Gypsy Sport Horse Teresa Valenti Jennifer Gregston

Sunday Finals

1. Mustang Callee Miller Owner Sabrina Amidon
2. Paint Patricia Schuster
3. Friesien Cindy Amsden
4. Gypsy Sport Horse Teresa Valenti. Owner Jennifer Gregston

BLM Announces 2016 Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Schedule

BLM Announces 2016 Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Schedule

In accordance with Federal law, which requires excess wild horses and burros in the West to be placed with caring private owners, the Bureau of Land Management today announced its 2016 adoption schedule for these special animals that evoke the history of the American West.  The new adoption schedule can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/adoption_program/schedule.html.

“I urge people from across the country to attend an adoption event this year and bring home one of these icons of the West,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze.  “Giving a good home to a wild horse or burro has the double benefit of saving taxpayers nearly $50,000 each time an animal gets adopted.” Continue reading