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NHSC Penalties In Absence Of Operating Plan



 

 

by Christy Howard Parsons
Copyright WHR 2007

            David Finger, Acting DQP Director of the National Horse Show Commission, outlined the penalties that will be imposed by the NHSC for violations of the Horse Protection Act. The general membership of the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association voted unanimously not to sign the proposed 2007-2009 Operating Plan. Last season, the NHSC imposed penalties in accordance with the 2004-2006 Operating Plan which was in effect at the time. In the absence of a current plan, the NHSC is charged with enforcing the Horse Protection Act, and has the latitude to determine their own penalties.

NHSC/HPA Violations
 
 
 First Offense
 Second Offense
 Third Offense
 Fourth & Subsequent Offense
 
Pressure Shoeing
 Five (5) years
 Life
  
  
 
Bilateral Sore[1]
 Eight (8) months
 Two (2) years
 Five (5 years)
 Life
 
Unacceptable Unilateral[2]
 Pilot program 2007
  
  
  
 
Unacceptable Scar Rule[3]
 Pilot program 2007
  
  
  
 
Suspension Violations
 
Six (6) months for each occurrence
 
Foreign substance - Pre Show
 Disqualification from Class unless corrected. Must be re-inspected.
 
Foreign Substance – Post Show
 Two (2) weeks for each occurrence.
 
Equipment Violations – Pre Show
 Disqualification from Class unless corrected. Must be re-inspected.
 
Equipment Violations – Post Show
 Two (2) weeks for each occurrence
 
Unruly/Fractious Horse
 
Disqualification from Class (non-correctable)
 



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[1] Probationary periods will remain as outlined in the 2004-2006 Operating Plan for Bilateral sore. Exception: Pressure Shoeing will have no probation.

[2] The 2007 Pilot program for Unacceptable Unilateral violations will be in effect for one year. If not renewed, the Unilateral Sore penalties will revert to the 2004-2006 Operating Plan. The Pilot Program penalty will require the DQP’s to disqualify any horse in violation from showing, exhibition, sale or auction.

[3] The 2007 Pilot program for Unacceptable Scar Rule violations will be in effect for one year. If not renewed, the Scar Rule penalties will revert to the 2004-2006 Operating Plan. The Pilot Program penalty will require the DQP’s to disqualify any horse in violation from showing, exhibition, sale or auction.

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