Skip to content

Rep. Yoho Issues Statement on Proposed USDA Rule



Editor's Note:  The following statement was issued by Florida Congressman Ted Yoho.  Rep. Yoho introduced the PAST Act in the current Congress.

Washington, D.C. – Today, in a victory for Congressman Ted S. Yoho’s (R-FL-03) PAST Act (H.R. 3268) and animal welfare, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced proposed changes to strengthen enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and end inhumane practices known as soring. Horse soring causes horses to suffer physical pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness while walking and moving. The bipartisan PAST Act currently has the support of 263 members of Congress. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:

“As a large animal veterinarian for 30 years, I am happy to hear the USDA will be implementing portions of my bill to help put a stop to the cruel and abusive practice of horse soring. Under my bill, the PAST Act, I advocated for giving APHIS oversight in the training, screening, and licensing of horse inspectors. These new inspectors, who will be pulled from the ranks of veterinarians and vet technicians, will be in the field to conduct site visits under the rules and standards of APHIS.

“The USDA will also implement a portion of the PAST Act that calls for the ban on action devices, pads, and foreign substances at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. Also, they will bring HPA regulations in line with current equestrian standards already set by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

“While the practice of horse soring is shrinking to a small number of entrenched loyalists, there is no reason for its methods to remain in use. The industry and people, who abuse horses for show, had 40 years to phase out their ways. We are long overdue in stopping horse soring and today’s announcement by the USDA is a welcomed step in the direction of making these abuses a thing of the past.”

More Stories

  • Disposition and versatility on display

    Four winners from the second annual Take A Ride on multi-World Champion Line Item Veto Facebook contest traveled to Midland Equestrian Center for an enjoyable visit and rides on Veto... Read More
  • Live from Money Tree Fall Classic & PC Splash

    ReporTV will be live from the Money Tree Fall Classic on Friday, September 22nd, beginning at 6:00 pm and on Saturday, September 23rd for the PC Splash Classic, beginning at 5:00 pm. Highlights from both shows will be posted the following day. Read More
  • Thomas earns Pleasure Horse Trainer of the Year award

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association Board of Directors decided to add a well-overdue and deserved category to their list of awards last year. The Pleasure Horse Trainer of the Year is voted on by their peers and must demonstrate positive attitude, dedication, motivation, is a team player, and an ambassador to their breed. Read More
  • Deadline for Fall Stallion Issue

    The annual Walking Horse Report World Champion Sire Summary and Fall Stallion issue will be the October 2, 2017 issue. The advertising deadline for the issue will be Wednesday, September 27, 2017 and the issue will mail on Friday, September 29, 2017. Read More
  • Obituary - Howard Creed

    Howard C. Creed, 83, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away September 19, 2017. He was born July 29, 1934, in Springfield, Missouri, and graduated Sr. High School in 1952. He served in the Army where he learned his lifetime trade of horse shoeing, which he did for 57 years... Read More
  • Maverick fights his way to the top

    He’s had a solid, steadily upward moving career that’s landed him so close more than once. Finally, the nine-year-old stallion — with the help of his tenacious owners, a dedicated trainer, and a supporting staff of many — earned the roses. Read More
  • Obituary - James Robert "Bob" Nelms

    Mr. James Robert “Bob” Nelms, age 67, of College Grove, Tennessee, died Monday, September 18, 2017 at his home in College Grove.  Read More
  • Honors loves all

    A huge crowd met Honors and Larry Edwards at the Celebration Saturday evening, Sept. 2, 2017, at the meet and greet for 2016 WGC Honors in front of the Blue Ribbon Club on the final night of the Celebration. Read More
  • WGC A Gin To Win visits TN State Fair

    Friday, September 15th, Abernathy Stables traveled to the Tennessee State Fair to exhibit current Three-Year-Old World Grand Champion, A Gin To Win. The Tennessee State Fair has been going on for more than 150 years and this year the Fair’s theme is “Tennessee Proud.” Read More
  • Celebration announces host hotel for Tunica Fall Classic

    The Celebration is pleased to announce that they have selected The Gold Strike Resort and Casino to again serve as host hotel for the Tunica Fall Classic, scheduled for November 2-4, 2017.  Read More