How will the United States Supreme Court Decision on state sports betting impact horse racing in Oklahoma?

Horse racing is a vibrant business in Oklahoma.  Will this new decision by the United States Supreme Court in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which in the absence of federal legislation allows each state to directly regulate sports betting, present new opportunities for expansion? http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/supreme-court-opens-state-sports-betting-flood-gates-sen-hatch-offers-federal-framework/

Oklahoma Celebrates the National Day of the Horse on December 13, 2017

In 2004, the United States Senate Resolution 452 recognized December 13th as “National Day of the Horse.”  The purpose of this resolution was to “encourage the people of the United States to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States.”  According to the 2004 resolution, the…

USDA’s published FAQs on Exhibitor and Transporter Responsibilities under the Horse Protection Act.

The Horse Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1821-1831, seeks to end the practice of soring in the horse industry.  As this Federal program impacts Oklahoma horse exhibitors, I have included a link to the USDA's FAQs on exhibitor and transporter responsibilities. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/2016/October-2016-HPA-Exhibitor-and-Transporter-Tech-Note-final-102116.pdf

Oklahoma Reportable Equine Diseases

Oklahoma promulgates a list of equine diseases that must be reported to Oklahoma Animal Industry Services.  This list is periodically updated to reflect emerging health risks for the Oklahoma equine population.   Veterinarians and/or horse owners must report any of these diseases upon a confirmed diagnosis: African Horse Sickness Contagious Equine Metritis Dourine Equine Encephalomyelitis…

Does a breed registration certificate prove horse ownership?

If you lost the bill of sale, will your breed registration certificate prove ownership?  The answer is, in Oklahoma, maybe. Case law is sparse on what proves ownership of a horse.  A couple very old cases, 1856 and 1909, describe possession and general acts of ownership, i.e. riding, are evidence of ownership.  See Barnes v.…

USDA Publishes 2015 Equine Report

In my last blog post, I discussed Oklahoma's laws designed to eradicate Equine Infectious Anemia.  Failure to comply can result in civil and criminal penalties. Today, I am sharing a newly published report commissioned by the USDA which shares equine health metrics within the United States. In December 2016, the USDA's non-regulatory division - National Animal…

What is the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC)?

You may ask why I would write about the EDCC in an equine law blog?  Many states including Oklahoma have laws that require horse owners to take certain steps to prevent the spread of disease.  For example, a horse boarding facility could have liability if a boarding horse is injured or dies because the facility…