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CLASSES and CONFERENCES

Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes.

NO REQUESTS

Kim Little will be teaching the following Technical Animal Rescue classes
April 1-3,Gulfport,MS
April 7-9, Austin, TX
April 18-20, Phoenix, AZ
April 28-30, Kansas City, KS
June 30-July 2,Tacoma, WA
Contact Kim at www.rescuetechinternational.com for more information.

May 4, Cumberland County Fire Attack School in Gorham,ME is hosting a Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness course. Details in next month's newsletter.

Rebecca Gimenez sent the following updated list of classes
March 25-27, Baton Rouge, LA
April 12-14, Erlanger, KY
April 18-20, Richmond, KY
April 22-25, Richmond, KY
May 5-6, Melbourne, FL
May 15-18, Jacksonville, NC
June 2-5, Hampshire, UK LAR Conference
June 20-22, Baltimore, MD
June 26-29, Gladstone, NJ
July 11-13, New Windsor, NY
July 25-28, Kennett Square, PA
Aug. 18-20, Lexington, KY
Aug. 22-24, Lexington, KY
Sept. 4-6, Stephenville, TX
Sept. 11-13, Navasota, TX
Contact Tomas at 864-940-1717, email:tlaer@bellsouth.net or go to www.TLAER.ORG for more information.

Wave Trek Rescue in Index, WA will teach the following classes
May 9-11 Technical Animal Rescue
May 12-13 Technical Animal Rescue Advanced
Email: info@wavetrekrescue.com, or visit the website at www.wavetrekrescue.com


STORIES

Mark Cole, of USRider, has an article on LAR in Equestrian Networks online magazine titled,"Large Animals Equal Large Problems in an Emergency. Here's the link: http://www.equestmagazine.com/article04-01-a0.php Further to this story, Mark wrote: "I see one slight inaccuracy – the article you reference on the EquestrianNetwork was issued by USRider via the AHP newsgroup; however, it was written by Michael LaCount from Eastern Kentucky University. I want to see them get credit where ever and whenever possible since they have done so much to further this issue."

Sorry, Michael and Mark.

Recent links to stories about disaster animal and large animal training (and a few photos) sent in by Rebecca Gimenez.
http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/503820.html?nav=742
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20080207/NEWS/802070312/1002/NEWS
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=101228
http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=761063cd-0d03-4ff0-91c0-9bcd8c356eb4
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/howard/bal-ho.volunteers08feb08,0,7097811.story
http://www.paloaltodailynews.com/article/2008-1-24-lah-animal
http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080127/ENCORE01/362830330/-1/OPINION02

There is a rapidly escalating problem with horses being abandoned due to high feed prices, forclosures on homes, bad economy, etc. Here are three stories. This newsletter and website are not involved with horse rescue or the problems associated with tough times and overbreeding (I promise not to get up on my soapbox about tax incentives for breeders), but we should all be aware that this problem is growing and we may see the results of it in an increase in LAR incidents.
http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20080112/NEWS/801120336/0/FEATURES
http://www2.sbsun.com/ci_8213466
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=70453


EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

What's new in the LAR market. Advertise your products here.

Charlie Anderson's son, Jerry, is carrying on Charlie's work. You can contact Jerry Floyd at CDA Products, 707-743-1300 or email him at cda@pacific.net. Jerry has a full line of horse recovery and rescue equipment besides the Anderson Sling. And the products are manufactured in the USA


NEW LINKS

Anderson Sling and related equipment: www.andersonsling.com.If its not up when you check, it will be soon.

New Zealand's "Premier Equestrian Website", HorseTalk, has added my trailer safety checklist. Please feel free to pass it on where needed. http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/saferide/floatmaintenance-123.shtml

Kim Little has a new website. Check it out at www.rescuetechinternational.com


LESSONS LEARNED

Information on what worked, what didn't work, what could have been done better at an incident, etc. Plus success stories where training worked. . or helped, etc


INNOVATIONS

Ideas on equipment, testing, training, etc.


OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

Any social information to share so we can get to know each other better, or anything that doesn't fall into any of the above categories – a "catch-all".

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