This Wardrobe Malfunction Makes Even Your Most Embarrassing Moment Seem Like No Big Deal! A cheeky jockey gave onlookers an eyeful after his trouser elastic snapped mid-race leaving his bare bottom in full view as he raced around the course. Blake Shinn was left red-faced after the unfortunate wardrobe malfunction occurred just as he approached the finish line at Canterbury with his horse Miss Royale.
But there was nothing Blake could do if he was to continue and finish the race in a strong position. Shinn told Australian media: “The elastic went during the race, but I had to keep going.” The hilarious incident occurred in the Hyland Race Colours Plate at Canterbury Race Course in Australia.
Unfortunately for Blake, he was pipped to the finishing post by jockey Tommy Berry, but he took the whole race in his stride. Now I know how Jen Hawkins feels. He later tweeted: “Tried to give my fellow jocks a bum steer but unfortunately backfired.”
And it seemed Blake’s Twitter followers found the whole situation hilarious. One follower wrote: “At least you had a crack,” while another added: “Surely you’ll get some underwear or pants deal out of this.”
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At its April meeting, the AQHA Executive Committee continued to make huge strides for the benefit of the American Quarter Horse by approving stronger penalties and fines for animal welfare rule violators; enacting significant penalties for positive drug tests involving detection of clenbuterol in show horses beginning November 1, 2015, and modified penalties in horse racing, beginning May 1, 2015; barring the use of lip chains in show horses beginning January 1, 2016; and several other actions. The actions exemplify the Association taking a firmer stand on animal welfare for the protection of the horse and for the future of the breed.
These welfare topics were discussed and reviewed by AQHA members, the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission, the AQHA Show Committee and AQHA Show Council, and the AQHA Racing Committee and AQHA Racing Council. The recommendations from each of these bodies were sent on to the AQHA Executive Committee for its review and final decision. The Executive Committee adopted some of the recommendations in their entirety (stronger penalties and fines for animal welfare rule violators) and modified others (clenbuterol and the use of lip chains).
Fines and Penalties
AQHA rules VIO204 and VIO220 AQHA Show Fines and Penalties Regarding Abuse and Unsportsmanlike Conduct have been amended to include stiffer fines and penalties for violators of the Association’s animal welfare rules.
Besides broader fine ranges, the new fines and penalties also include mandatory probation for any Level 1 second offense or higher citations. The following statement was also added to the chart: “All fines and penalties are cumulative and run consecutively in the case of multiple offenses.”
Any offense – including a white warning card – results in the violator’s name being placed in a database that is immediately accessible by all AQHA stewards.
“If someone gets a white warning card at a show and three days later is stopped by a steward at a different show for violating an animal welfare rule, the steward will check the database and find that person’s previous violation,” said AQHA President Dr. Glenn Blodgett of Guthrie, Texas.
The Executive Committee also approved a recommendation to publicize information on AQHA’s website regarding animal welfare rule violators, the name of the horse or horses involved, the names of the responsible parties, and the fines and penalties assessed. That news will appear at www.aqha.com after cases are ruled on by an AQHA hearing committee.
The Executive Committee also approved updates to AQHA Rule VIO204.14, which makes tying a tail to restrict its movement a minimum Level 1 offense and any appliance that restricts circulation a Level 3 offense.
This rule goes into effect immediately.
Previously this year, positive drug tests for detection of clenbuterol in American Quarter Horse racehorses resulted in significant penalties. That policy has now been expanded to put an end to the abusive use of clenbuterol in show horses, beginning November 1, 2015, and in time for the 2015 AQHA World Championship Show.
A bronchodilator marketed as Ventipulmin, clenbuterol is a legitimate and valuable medication used by veterinarians to treat horses with breathing difficulties, but its use has gotten completely out of hand because of its ability to act as a beta-2 agonist to increase muscle mass when used in dosages exceeding recommended amounts.
“Part of leveling the playing field in the show industry includes doing away with the illegal and illicit use of performance-enhancing drugs,” Dr. Blodgett said. “It all comes down to protecting our horses.”
The fines and penalties for positive drug tests for detection of clenbuterol will be the same in both industries. Those fines and penalties begin May 1, 2015, for racing and November 1, 2015, for the show industry. The first offense of a positive clenbuterol test in either a racehorse or show horse is a $5,000 fine and 180-day suspension of the responsible party. The second offense carries a $7,500 fine and a one-year suspension of the responsible party. The third offense results in a five-year suspension of the responsible party.
The use of lip chains at AQHA events (current AQHA Rule SHW355.4) will be prohibited as of January 1, 2016.
“While many of our halter exhibitors lobbied in favor of lip chains at the 2015 convention, the Executive Committee members – based on input from the Animal Welfare Commission, the Show Committee and Show Council – believe that the use of lip chains in halter classes is not the intended use for lip chains – especially in the hands of novice exhibitors. It’s simply not humane,” Dr. Blodgett said.
To view all committee and council recommendations with the Executive Committee’s actions, visit www.aqha.com/convention.
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I’m loving all the webcasts lately. Here’s the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup! The schedule is:
Live Broadcast Schedule:
6pm ET, Friday, April 24 – Spooks Gotta Whiz Open & Non Pro Competition, CRI3* & KRC Team Challenge Competition
5:30pm ET, Saturday April 25 – World Championship Freestyle Reining
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If the video above isn’t loading, you can also watch it here http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2015KRC/
Watch all the excitment at the Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event live here! Some of the most talented riders in the world compete in Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. The schedule is:
9am ET, Thursday, April 23 – Dressage Tests
9am ET, Friday, April 24 – Dressage Tests
10am ET, Saturday, April 25 – Cross Country Test
1pm ET, Sunday, April 26 – Jumping Test
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I’ve never seen a Pinto Friesian before and he’s absolutely stunning! Share this on Facebook if you think he’s a beauty!
These two are too cute! My horse wishes she had a friendly goat to play with like this one! I love how the goat gets up on his two hind legs, do you think he realizes his size? Share this on Facebook if this made you smile!
Inessa Merkulova and Mister put on an OUTSTANDING performance at the Las Vegas World Cup 2015 for a score of 76.911%! They truly are the best of the best! Share this on Facebook if you think this performance is remarkable!
Congratulations to Andrea Fappani & SG Frozen Enterprize for winning a runoff against Casey Deary & Arc Gunna Sparkya to win the level 4 Open finals at the National Reining Breeders Classic! What a finish! Share this on Facebook if you’re a fan of reining!