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"Summit of the Horse" all revved up and ready to go

January 1, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

United Horsemen, a 501(c)(3) educational and charitable organization that implements humane and realistic solutions to the excess horse problem, announced last month the first Summit of the Horse event to be held January 3-6, 2011, in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.

"The Summit comes from the perspective of experienced horse people who have the best interest of the horse at heart and seeks unification of our country's horsemen and horsewomen in promoting horse welfare and the health of the horse industry," said Dave Duquette, President and founder of United Horsemen. "We're speaking with a unified voice for horses and horse people."

The Summit got the attention of Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes, who, on Wednesday, published her article about the Summit and about the western horse population.

"Horse people hope the new year will bring a solution to an old problem: too many horses," Mapes began. "A horse summit planned for the first week of the year is expected to draw to Las Vegas representatives from Northwest tribes, federal agencies and conservation groups, as well as wildlife advocates, and horse people vexed by too many horses with no market to cull the herds."

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"The sole purpose of the Summit is to convene the horse industry, wildlife experts, and those deeply concerned about ecological balance," writes Sue Wallis, Vice President of United Horsemen. "To bring together different perspectives to find the solutions for horses, both domestic and wild, and horse people. We expect the Summit will be packed with dialogue that has the best interest of horses at its core."

Registration fees are as follows: Horse Industry Professional: $275;
Member or employee of a Sponsor: $100; All Others: $400.

If you can't make the trip to the Summit, organizers have a different solution for you: an online live webcast of the Summit. Registration for the webcast is $25.

If you make any part of your living with horses, and want to see this livelihood and culture survive, you need to be in Las Vegas next Monday night for the Summit of the Horse. Never before has such a broad range of the equine world come to the table to deal with the dire problems in the industry.

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