East Coast Equestrian 2004 News Archive
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News Archive 2004

December 2004 - A Busy Year for Equine Related Legislative Proposals Will Carry Into 2005 This has been a busy legislative year for Pennsylvania's equine industry. From the Pennsylvania Racehorse and Gaming Development Act which opens the state's racetracks to slot machines, to the resurgence of interest in Equine Liability Reform, to the State Conservation Commission's proposals for new regulations governing horse manure, horses were in the news and on the minds of our legislators. Read full article >>

July 2004 - Pennsylvania Equestrian Wins First Place Award for Editorial Excellence Pennsylvania Equestrian won first place honors for editorial content at the American Horse Publications' annual Awards Competition. The awards competition, for material published in 2003, was part of the AHP's annual convention, held June 11-13 in Lexington, KY. Read full article >>

June 2004 - PA Leads Nation in Equine West Nile Virus in 2003 Lancaster and Chester Counties, the state's number one and number two counties in horse population, also had the nation's highest and second highest number of equine West Nile virus cases in 2003. Pennsylvania as a whole led the nation with 527 cases of equine West Nile virus reported in 2003, half of them in Lancaster and Chester Counties. The number of cases statewide exploded more than fivefold from 97 cases in 2002. Read full article >>

June 2004 - Slots Legislation Could Add $200 Million Annually to State Racing Economy by Stephanie Lawson
As the days wound down to the end of the budget year, Pennsylvania lawmakers said they had struck a deal on legislation to legalize slot machines at racetracks and other venues. At deadline, no final legislation had been presented to lawmakers. "(Legislators) don't want anyone to see the legislation because they don't want to hear from anyone complaining about it," Linda Rhinehart, Vice President of Government Relations for Hershey Philbin Associates, which represents the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania, said. Read full article >>

May 2004 - Horses are a $10 billion industry in Pennsylvania A study released in the summer of 2003 by Penn State University shows that Pennsylvania's horse industry is massive and thriving, contributing big bucks to the state economy. And it's preserving more than a million acres of state farmland. Read full article >>

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