Skip to content

USDA Warns of Decertification Process



Editor's Note:  The following letter was released from the USDA and Dr. Chester A. Gipson today.  The USDA has warned the HIOs it will begin the decertification process of the HIOs that have not agreed to and submitted a rulebook including the mandatory penalties.  The HIOs have 5 days to respond to this request and rectify their noncompliance or explain their reasoning for noncompliance.  At such time, if the HIO has failed to effectively do either, the USDA will revoke their DQP program certification.  At that time, any HIO has 30 days to appeal the revocation of its program certification.

The DQP licenses will expire 30 days after revocation of the program certification or 15 days after the revocation becomes final after appeal.  Below is a copy of the letter or click here to open the letter.


July 19, 2012

 

Re:  Final Rule, Docket #: APHIS-2011-0030

Dear Horse Industry Organizations and Associations:

On July 9, 2012 the final rule requiring horse industry organizations and associations (HIOs) to assess and enforce minimum penalties under the Horse Protection Act (HPA) became effective.  APHIS notified the HIOs on June 8, 2012 that they must adopt the minimum penalty protocol as well as the appeals process described in the final rule and submit evidence of their compliance no later than July 9, 2012.

As of today, the following HIOs have submitted amended rulebooks showing that they will be following the new regulations:  Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA), National Walking Horse Association (NWHA), FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses), Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA), International Walking Horse Association (IWHA), Oklahoma Walking Horse Association (OKA), Western International Walking Horse Association (WIWHA).

APHIS has not received amended rulebooks from the following HIOs:  Sound Horse, Honest Judging, Objective Inspections, Winning Fairly (SHOW), Professional Regulation and Inspection for Dedicated Equestrians (PRIDE), Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association (SSHBEA), Heart of America Walking Horse Association (HAWHA), Kentucky Walking Horse Association (KWHA).  Until the decertification process set forth in 9 C.F.R. 11.7 (g) is completed for the noncompliant HIOs, affiliation with them will not increase show management’s liability.  Please be advised, however, that USDA will continue its own efforts to enforce the HPA by conducting unannounced inspections at horse shows and focusing its inspection resources at unaffiliated shows and oversight of HIO Designated Qualified Persons (DQPs) that pose an increased risk of noncompliance with the HPA.

Sincerely,

 

Chester A. Gipson
Deputy Administrator
Animal Care

Cc: Dr. Rachel Cezar; National Horse Protection Coordinator

More Stories

  • TWHNC updates class schedule

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, scheduled for Aug. 22–Sept. 1, has made the following changes to their class schedule... Read More
  • Latest Issue July 23 18

    Read More
  • Celebration makes plans for Adult Pony WGC to return

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration recently made plans to split the amateur pony and 15.2 & under world grand championship classes. In 2017, The Celebration decided to combine the two divisions into a single world grand championship class due to a lack of entries in both divisions. Read More
  • Lead Line WGC moved to Sunday night

    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has announced that the Lead Line World Grand Championship has been moved from the first Saturday morning performance to the Sunday evening schedule at the 80th Annual Celebration.  Read More
  • Lewisburg Millcreek Show canceled

    The Lewisburg Millcreek show, scheduled for July 21, has been canceled due to the amount of rain and storms in the forecast.  Read More
  • International Horse Show updates

    The 40th Annual International Pleasure & Colt Grand Championship, scheduled for July 27 - August 4, 2018 is soon approaching and promises to be the year's greatest showcase for the flat-shod Tennessee Walking Horse... Read More
  • Obituary – Jerry Lunsford

    The Report has recently learned of the passing of Jerry Lunsford. He was a long time member of the Georgia Walking Horse Association. A full obituary will be posted when it becomes available.  Read More
  • Birth Announcement – Juke Rein Jenne'

    Justin, Hope and Jagger Jenne' happily welcome the arrival of their son and baby brother, Juke Rein Jenne’ on July 10, 2018. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 ounces and measured 20 inches in length.  Read More
  • TWHBEA Election coming soon

    August 1, 2018, is the deadline to have your candidacy declared for the Int'l Board of Directors at TWHBEA.  TWHBEA needs enthusiasm,  fresh perspective, and help, every term to continue growth and prosperity.  Read More
  • Waynesville Charity schedule update

    The Waynesville Charity Show, scheduled for July 20-21, has updated their original class schedule... Read More