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"This is the worst day of my life! I'm sitting on my roof watching horses and cows drown in front of me as they get washed away. I'm about to lose everything. I am very upset. I hope I survive." Those heartfelt words were posted on Facebook by Queensland harness racing trainer and driver, Murray Sullivan junior just moments before his blackberry phone died.

Australia's worst floods in decades hit Toowoomba, the South East Queensland town nicknamed the 'Garden City', heavily yesterday (Tuesday January 11) with four confirmed deaths, but thankfully the town's harness racing and thoroughbred farm - Burwood Stud has escaped virtually unscathed.

Harness racing flood victims in Queensland can look forward to some financial relief from both the Government and an 'Australia Unites' telethon which was held last Sunday. The floods have devastated towns and regions in Queensland leaving thousands homeless and destitute, with 10 fatalities and 90 people missing.

Staff at Cold Mountain Stud still can't believe they were not warned earlier by state officials that the worst possible floods were about to hit their harness racing establishment in Moore, South East Queensland.

Australia's fifth richest man, Clive Palmer is big in stature probably because his heart must almost weigh almost half of his body weight. The mining magnate and harness racing owner and breeder has been forced to fly in his own company choppers to save the lives of his staff working at the Lowood breeding facility at Cold Mountain Stud in Moore, in South East Queensland.

The New Jersey Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) will hold its 14th Annual Symposium on Friday, March 25, 2011 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to prepare state and county animal response teams to aid animals during emergencies.

Horse Aid Live Memorial Day at The Red Mile is set for Monday, May 30. In addition to live music, the event will feature a chili cook-off, promotions, and vendor booths. The musical lineup and ticket information will be announced this spring.

Standardbred owners are taking advantage of a no cost, no obligation USTA program that helps to connect horses in need of a new home with their breeder, former owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers or any other interested individual. The harness racing program, called Full Circle, is modeled after a well received initiative by the world's largest equine registry -- the American Quarter Horse Association.

Give Chrome, a harness racing 12-year-old Standardbred seized from his owner because of abuse on November 11, spent Christmas Eve tucked in at his new home at Walnut Hall Ltd. in Lexington, Kentucky.

The 12-year-old pacer Give Chrome, with 56 harness racing starts in two countries, undoubtedly had tough trips around a racetrack in his life, but none was quite so tough as that taken recently in south central Pennsylvania. What happened there has made him the 23rd horse to benefit from the USTA's SOS (Support Our Standardbreds) program.

First it was the Canterbury earthquake and now up to 200 homes in Australia's northern Victorian town of Shepparton, where harness racing is prominent, could be threatened by floods today (Tuesday September 7) as rivers are peaking after the worst flooding in 15 years.

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), along with leading Members of Congress, numerous wild horse advocacy organizations and the majority of Americans, is exceedingly frustrated with the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) gross mismanagement of America's wild horses and burros.

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN), of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for bringing the Horse Transportation Safety Act (H.R. 305) before his Committee and supporting its swift unanimous passage

Horse breeder and owner Ernie Paragallo has been sentenced to two years jail and fined $33,000 for 33 counts of cruelty to animals. Paragallo, who has earned $20.6 million in purses, was sentenced today (Tuesday May 18) by Judge George G. Pulver.

Legislation advocating the slaughter of horses for human consumption will be withdrawn for the legislative session in Tennessee according to the bill's sponsor Representative Frank Niceley.

Standardbred rescue organizations will be the beneficiary of a new charitable effort, Halters for Hope, which will provide extraordinary access to memorabilia from harness racing's biggest stars.

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