USDA Comment on SHOW Penalty Structure

Thanks for contacting me about the concerns that have been raised with the SHOW HIO new penalty structure. We have not approved their new penalty structure and will be pursuing federal cases on all violations that USDA finds at SHOW affiliated horse shows. The only penalty structure we have agreed to for the HIOs is the one under the current Operating Plan. HIOs that have not agreed to the Operating Plan do not have a USDA recognized penalty structure.

Thank you again for your support.

Dr. Rachel Cezar
USDA Horse Protection

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