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NEWS FROM LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEWS FROM LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE

 

Press release from Los Alamitos Race Course
March 20, 2019

Ed Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos Race Course and a major Quarter Horse owner and breeder on a national basis, said on Friday that Lasix will continue to be allowed at the current year-round Los Alamitos Quarter Horse Racing Association meeting as well as during the upcoming Los Alamitos Racing Association Summer Thoroughbred Meet opening on Thursday June 27. Allred is the day-to-day manager of the Los Alamitos Quarter horse Racing Association meet and overseer of the Thoroughbred race meets and a a stakes-winning Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racehorse owner.

“I believe that the continued use of Lasix is in the best interest of the horses and as such is a major contributor to the safety of the industry’s human and equine athletes. I shudder to think of the consequences to racehorses and their riders if Lasix was banned,” said Allred. His statement was made in response to Thursday’s announcement that Lasix will be banned at California racetracks owned by The Stronach Group.

 

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NEW RULES CONVULSE A MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR HORSE RACING INDUSTRY

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEW RULES CONVULSE A MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR HORSE RACING INDUSTRY

 

 

NO RACE-DAY DRUGS AND NO USE OF WHIPS AT SANTA ANITA TRACK IN RESPONSE TO MULTIPLE HORSE DEATHS

 

March 19, 2019

The owners of the Santa Anita racehorse track announced strict new rules for their sport — no race-day drugs, no use of whips — in response to a spate of horse deaths, 22 since the end of December.

The new rules have not only put trainers and owners at the track on notice, but also convulsed a multibillion-dollar industry from Kentucky to New York that has resisted meaningful oversight for decades. The stakes are high, especially in California, where the animal rights movement is particularly strong, and all it takes is 600,000 signatures on a petition to prompt a ballot initiative on whether horse racing should even exist here.

Even more harrowing is the fact that Los Angeles County district attorney’s office investigators are looking into deaths at the behest of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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RENO HORSES QUARANTINED FOR EQUINE HERPES

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

RENO HORSES QUARANTINED FOR EQUINE HERPES

 

RENO, Nev. (AP) — March 19, 2019

State agriculture officials have ordered the quarantine of a second and third horse in southern Nevada that tested positive for an equine herpes virus after the state high school rodeo last month in Pahrump.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture said Monday two additional Clark County horse facilities have been quarantined since the first case was confirmed on Friday.

The facilities have not been identified because the state says there is no public health risk.

However, horse owners in Nevada and surrounding states are warned to watch for signs of fever, cough or runny nose in any animals that may have been exposed to the virus known as EHV-1.

It can cause respiratory disease in young horses, abortions in pregnant mares and neurologic disease in older horses. It can be spread through contact with exposed animals, people, equipment and vehicles.

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23 HORSES DIE ON SANTA ANITA RACE TRACK

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 4 comments

IS FEDERAL DRUG TESTING OF HORSES ON THE HORIZON?

ILLEGAL DRUG USE ON HORSES, A RACE TO THE BOTTOM!!

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For Allaboutcutting.com

March 18, 2019

ARCADIA, Calif. (KABC) — Santa Anita Park is scheduled to resume horse racing on Friday, racetrack officials confirm. 

The track is set to reopen after a deal was made Saturday by track officials and the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Part of the deal includes a ban on the drug Lasix, which will now be delayed until next year. Lasix is a diuretic that helps prevent horses from hemorrhaging, according to the Daily Racing Forum. Racing at the Park had been suspended indefinitely after the number of Thoroughbred deaths started to skyrocket since late December. A total of 23 horses have died due to injuries on the track. 

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday that it is joining an investigation surrounding the 23 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park.The DA confirmed that it has assigned investigators to work with the California Horse Racing Board. Meantime, there is a call for a congressional committee to investigate treatment of racehorses. Congresswoman Judy Chu wants the House Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate the treatment of horses, not only at Santa Anita but at racetracks across the country.

The park announced this week that the track would ban race-day medication and the use of riding crops. The Lasix ban was one of several changes to Santa Anita policies announced. But the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the California Thoroughbred Trainers — which both support the use of Lasix — balked at the ban, according to the DRF, and it will now begin with next year’s crop of 2-year-olds. Additionally, race-day administration of Lasix will be reduced from a maximum of 10 CCs to 5. 

PETA issued on statement late Saturday, saying Thoroughbred owners are like Lasix addicts and “if one more horse dies, there will be blood on the owners’ hands and hell to pay.” California Thoroughbred owners and trainers are like Lasix addicts, but they’re shooting up the horses instead of themselves. No horses outside the U.S. and Canada race with Lasix in their systems, and the owners’ claim that its use must be phased out and not ended outright, is transparently bogus. 

PETA is relieved that Santa Anita has finalized its ban on some of the cruelest racing practices, including injection of joints with corticosteroids, painful shockwave therapy as well as whipping and has enacted medication rules that will end the use of Phenylbutazone 24 hours before a race and most other drugs in the week before a race, among other changes. PETA will be watching very closely to see that these changes are implemented, and the public will join us in watching what happens to the horses. If one more horse dies, there will be blood on the owners’ hands and hell to pay.

Santa Anita Park has been plagued by horse fatalities since the winter season opened on Dec. 26, this being the 22nd reported fatal incident.

The track was closed for racing on Tuesday March 5, pending further evaluation of the surfaces. It was reopened for galloping and jogging, but not timed workouts, yesterday, Wednesday, March 13, following retesting of the surface by veteran trackman and previous Santa Anita superintendent Dennis Moore.

“Everything went well,” Moore is quoted as saying in a press release. “The main track is good. All of the test data support what we experienced.”

A reported 196 workouts were completed Wednesday without incident, prior to this morning’s fatality.

However, it was later reported that Princess Lili B, a 3-year-old maiden filly  broke both forelegs following the end of a half-mile workout Thursday morning at Santa Anita Park and was euthanized, according to her trainer David Bernstein and reported in the Daily Racing Form by Brad Free.

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, is quoted as saying, “We are devastated.”

A spokesperson is quoted as saying a major corporate announcement  is planned for midday Thursday.

The problems have altered the racing schedule and have had an impact on prep races for The Kentucky Derby with the cancellation of the San Felipe Stakes (G2). Santa Anita Park is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup Championships Nov. 1–2. This is an evolving story.

THE “MECHANICAL HORSE,” A HORSE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS

I authored the following  article on Aug.6, 2014 in response to an ever-increasing use of drugs in the horse industry, by horse trainers.  The primary motivation driving drug use in the horse industry is “Money”.  As the old adage states, “Money is the ROOT of all evil.”  In this article, I made a myriad of “Ominous Predictions” about the effects of drug use on horses both, during training and exhibition, that unfortunately, for the horse, is coming full circle and “IS” becoming a stark reality.

Also, the article includes my prediction of the eventual federalization of equine drug-testing programs in the private sector. Simply put, “If the private sector won’t police itself, the Federal Government will do it for them.”  Obviously, from the foregoing, the race horse industry isn’t doing such a hot job of eliminating drug use.  The impending investigation by the DA in the foregoing matter as well as a hearing by Congress are certainly steps in the right direction for a coup. As a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs training school, my experience as a 16-year Drug Enforcement Agent and being certified as an Expert Witness in both Federal and State Courts on drugs of abuse, I know all too well, the effects drugs of abuse has on the anatomy.

The detriment to the horse, attributed to drug use either during training, exercise, or performance, far outweighs the money made by individuals using unscrupulous methods to cheat ones way through the industry.

To read the entire article click on the following link:

☛ Mechanical Horse Under the Influence 8-6-14

THE LEGALITY OF DRUG TESTING

The legality of drug and alcohol testing for humans, in the private sector, was established back in 1987.  Over-the-years, I’ve authored a myriad of Drug and Alcohol Testing programs for the private sector which includes a litany of Fortune 500 and other companies to include, but not limited to,:  Exxon Company, USA, Gulf Oil, Pennzoil, USA, Chevron, USA, Kerr-McGee Corporation, Marathon Oil Company, ARCO Oil & Gas, etc.  A few of the established legal precedents included language emphasizing “SAFETY” instead of incarceration for the violator.  Therefore, the courts have overwhelmingly approved and upheld the rights of a private company, to include in their hiring criteria, the ability to drug and alcohol test as well as performing a cursory search or inspection of an individual employee, his or her personal effects, individual private vehicles as well as their packages “on Company premises or properties” as a condition of employment, in order to provide and SAFE and PRODUCTIVE work environment.  

Also, as a condition of employment is a provision authorizing the Company to inspect Company provided owned or leased property to include Company provided housing.  The primary use of drug and alcohol testing as well as individual searches is to provide a “Safe and Effective work force” and the general public, in general.

The key to a successful drug testing program is to design one that accomplishes the main goal, i.e., to provide a safe and productive work environment without using this program to circumvent or violate an individual’s constitutional rights, e.g., 5th Amendment Rights:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Simply put, the employee’s employment status is terminated rather than summoning law enforcement to effectuate an arrest.  Therefore, the employees civil rights are maintained and aren’t violated.  The US COAST GUARD included an additional punishment for licensed marine individuals who fails a drug or alcohol test to include:  A suspension of their licenses until such time as they successfully complete a drug rehabilitation program and agree to unannounced or random drug and alcohol testing thereafter, for a specified time period. 

PRIVATE SECTOR HORSE ASSOCIATIONS

Private sector horse associations use present-day horse testing programs which are modeled from the foregoing program criteria, or the 1987 model. Authors of these programs, myself included, always incorporate the same or similar language when designing a drug testing program for a private horse association.  After all, the language and criteria in the 1987 model is already a proven and judiciary winning model.  Some additional language in the private sector horse associations programs include monetary fines, penalties, and suspensions from the association for the individual violating the drug testing rules.  

The key to this authority is to provide, in writing, to the prospective member, that complete adherence to the associations horse drug testing rule is required by same as a condition of individual membership into the association.  Another key, is to provide the member with a copy of the penalties the individual or individuals will be subject to for violating such rules and regulations. 

HORSE SAFETY AND THE SLAUGHTER PIPELINE

One of the adverse effects of using a certain class of drugs on a horse either, during training or exhibition, can become detrimental to the safety and well being of the horse and rider.  A horse is not designed to operate under the influence of drugs.  As we know, a horse has a very sensitive system which will allow a horse, on a particular medication, to easily become impaired during exercise or performance.  It’s this impairment capability of certain drugs which become a “RISK FACTOR” and perhaps detrimental to the safety and well being of the horse and rider.  Accidents can happen and if the injury, to the horse, become a debilitating one and contributive to unauthorized or illegal drug use, the horse usually ends up in the sale pen and perhaps the foreign horse slaughter plant.  An otherwise healthy horse, just becomes another victim to the greed and morale decay of humanity.  

Therefore, the “breed more, kill more” cycle of some horses lives continues to become a reality and feed the horse slaughter pipeline. Perhaps the horse industry is to corrupt to police itself and a federalized drug testing law is the only way to eliminate drug use and abuse among horses.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Freelance Writer & Author
Phone (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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PRCA ADDS RODEOS TO A LIST OF THOSE THAT COUNT TOWARD WORLD STANDINGS

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA ADDS RODEOS TO THEIR LIST OF THOSE WITH EARNINGS THAT COUNT TOWARD WORLD STANDINGS

March 15, 2019

Some of the highest-paying PRCA-sanctioned rodeos in the United States are now being counted toward the 2018 World Standings. These rodeos include the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo. and The Houston, Texas, Livestock Show Rodeo that parted ways in 2011, as well as a substantial portion of the $2.35 million purse paid during RFD-TV’s The American he’d at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

According to a column by Brett Hoffman in the Wise County Messenger, PRCA Chief Executive Officer George Taylor said that adding the higher-paying rodeos to the World standings are great for competitors. 

“If you win some of these events, you start winning San Antonio and Houston; they all help you get there so its a huge impact and a big jump in where you are in the standings without a doubt,” said Taylor in an interview at The American. 

“For example, at the American the winner of each standard PRCA event, such as steer wrestling and tie-down roping, earned $100,000. The PRCA allowed each event winner to count half of that – $50,000 of the $100,000 toward the World Standings.

Also, according to the article, “Another positive move under Taylor’s watch is a noticeable amount of shows that are not a full-fledged rodeo counting toward the World standings. Taylor said, “It’s important for us to have full rodeos; it’s the history of the sport and that’s critical. But we want rodeo to grow in whatever format that fans want it to grow as well as having a big roping in the heart of Texas is really a neat option, a neat opportunity for our cowboys to be able to participate in and have it (the money won) count toward (qualification to) the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) as well.”

According to Taylor, the PRCA sanctions 600 rodeos a year. 

“As the world becomes more urban and rural, we’ve got to keep developing that. So we’ve just been working to try to bring the sport together,” said Taylor.

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AQHA ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AT CONVENTION

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AQHA CONVENTION HELD IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS

 

From left: Member Dr. Scott Myers, First Vice President F.E. “Butch” Wise, President Stan Weaver, Second Vice President Norman Luba and Member Kenneth Banks .

The 2019-2020 American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee was elected at the 2019 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Though AQHA operates primarily upon the decisions of its members through the board of directors, the five-person Executive Committee is responsible for implementing important decisions and governing AQHA between the annual meetings of the membership and the board.

The AQHA Executive Committee – consisting of a president, first vice president, second vice president and two additional members – is elected each year by the board at the convention. Each member serves a term of one year until the selection of his/her successor. The Executive Committee convenes quarterly to conduct business and consider all disciplinary matters.

 

President Stan Weaver:

Stan Weaver of Big Sandy, Montana, has been an AQHA director since 2011. He is a former member of the studbook and registration, public policy, and Hall of Fame selection committees; Foundation, marketing and ranching councils and served as chairman of the ranching council. He was also instrumental in developing the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program.

Weaver has bred American Quarter Horses for more than 30 years and has registered more than 1,650 foals with AQHA during that time.

Weaver and his wife, Nancy, began a Quarter Horse production sale in 1996 under Weaver Quarter Horses. Through the production sale, horses from the Weaver Ranch have sold to all 50 states, seven Canadian provinces, South Africa, Australia, Germany and Mexico. Weaver has shown his own horses in cutting, reined cow horse and working cow horse. He is involved with the Montana Quarter Horse Association (past president), Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame, Montana Land & Mineral Owners Association, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Montana Stockgrowers, and the Chouteau County Livestock Protection Association.

Weaver has owned and operated Weaver Cattle Co., a cattle and farming enterprise in North Central Montana, for the past 41 years. He also owns and operates Weaver Order Buying, a cattle brokerage firm.

Stan and Nancy raised three children on the ranch. All three children and their families continue to work on the ranch, but have also expanded their own ranching and farming interests in the area. KellyAnne and husband Casey Terry have two children, Wyatt and Avery, and live in Lewistown, Montana; David Weaver and wife Stacey live in Bozeman, Montana, with their three children, Hailey, Wesley and Jayden; and Daniel Weaver and wife Dr. Danielle Weaver also live in Big Sandy.

The Weavers received the 1997 Montana Quarter Horse Association Ranch of the Year Award, and Weaver Cattle Co. was recognized as the 2014 Montana State University Family Business of the Year in the business category for operations in existence at least 50 years.

First Vice President F.E. “Butch” Wise

F.E. “Butch” Wise of El Reno, Oklahoma, was named an AQHA honorary vice president in 2015 after serving as an AQHA director from 2001 to 2015.
He currently serves as the Executive Committee representative on the AQHA Racing Council. Wise is a former member of the studbook and registration, nominations and credentials, and racing committees, and the racing council and Graded Stakes subcommittee. He was the chairman of the Hall of Fame selection committee from 2013 to 2015 and also served as chairman of the Racing Council and Graded Stakes subcommittee. In 2014, he was a member of the AQHA Governance Task Force.

In 2004, Wise received the Oklahoma State University Animal Science School Graduate of Distinction Award, and in 2007, he received the AQHA Racing Council Special Recognition Award.

He is a past president of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association. Wise and his wife, Nancy, own Stone Chase Stables LLC. Wise is a bloodstock agent and president of Wise Sales Co. Inc. His former career experience includes employment with AQHA, Ridgeleigh Farms Inc., Mel Hatley Farms and Cox Manufacturing. He is currently the manager of the Lazy E Ranch LLC in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

The Wises have two sons and two daughters. Their sons are Clay and Parker Wise, and daughters are Mallory Wise and Ashlie Blair. Blair and her husband, Shawn, have two children, Derek and Lacie.

Second Vice President Norman Luba

Norman Luba of Louisville, Kentucky, has been an AQHA life member since 1995 and an AQHA director since 2011. He has served on the AQHA Stud Book and Registration Committee, where he served as chairman; AQHA Public Policy Committee; and served as chairman of the AQHA Affiliate Advisory Board.
Luba graduated with his master’s degree in reproductive physiology from the University of Maryland. The former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Council is currently the executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council, president of the Equine Breeding Research and Development Council, and the treasurer of the Animal Welfare Council Inc. In addition, he serves as chairman of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean’s Equine Advisory Board.

He is the recipient of the Don Henneke Education Impact Award and the American Youth Horse Council Distinguished Service Award.

Luba is an avid competitor with numerous qualifications in trail for the AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), and the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show, as well as a Superior trail horse achievement. He is a member of the National Snaffle Bit Association, Equine Science Society, Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club and the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, where he also served two terms as president, and the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association, where he is currently serving as treasurer.

Luba and his wife, Dr. Lorraine Luba, a veterinarian, have two sons – Christopher and Colin, a former AQHYA president who is married to Catherine.

Member Dr. Scott Myers

Dr. Scott Myers of Sharon Center, Ohio, has been an AQHA life member since 1993 and an AQHA director since 2011. Dr. Myers is a former member of the Hall of Fame selection committee, nomination and credentials committee, American Quarter Horse Foundation Council and equine research committee.
Dr. Myers received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and graduated with his doctor of veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University. A licensed veterinarian since 1985, Dr. Myers owns and manages Hunting Ridge Animal Hospital and Ridgewood Stables. He serves on the board of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

He has been the CEO for the Ohio Quarter Horse Association since 2012. He is also a past president of the Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association and Ohio Quarter Horse Association and a past national director of the National Snaffle Bit Association.

Dr. Myers is an AQHA 10-year cumulative breeder and an exhibitor, with multiple world championships at the Adequan® Select World. He has earned numerous Superiors and AQHA Performance Champion titles. Dr. Myers is also the recipient of the NSBA Jack Benson Award.

Dr. Myers and his wife, veterinarian Dr. Leslie Myers, have two daughters, Taylor and Mallory.

Member Kenneth Banks

Kenneth Banks is an AQHA life member. He was elected as an AQHA director in 1996 and elevated to director-at-large in 2011. Banks has served on the international, show and contest, nominations and credentials, amateur, and marketing committees. He also served on the Foundation and Show councils. Banks currently serves on the finance committee.

Banks graduated with honors from Southwest Texas University with a bachelor’s degree in soil science and Texas A&M University with a master’s in soil chemistry. After more than 30 years in the business world, he sold his automotive aftermarket companies in 2015 and returned home to ranching and breeding and raising horses and cattle. Banks Ranch, located in central Texas, breeds, raises, trains and shows AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred American Quarter Horses for the show pen and the ranch. The cattle portion of the ranch includes registered Herefords and crossbred cows. The ranch’s artificial insemination program has created one of the best cow herds in Texas.

Banks is a past president of the National Snaffle Bit Association and member of the NSBA Hall of Fame. Banks has served as the chairman of the NSBA financial committee, treasurer, crisis fund committee, world show committee and Breeders Championship Futurity committee. Banks is also a past president of the Texas Quarter Horse Association. Currently, one of Banks’ loves is helping students at Texas A&M University. He is a member of the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative Development Committee, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Development Committee, and Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Development Council.

Banks was awarded one of the most prestigious business awards when he was selected to receive the Ernest & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Houston region. Not only was he successful in the business world, but he also received the Texas Philanthropist title for his benevolent, humanitarian efforts throughout Texas by Philanthropy in Texas Magazine. At the request of Texas Gov. George Bush, Banks served on the Texas Governor’s Business Council for eight years.

Banks and his wife, Laina, a fellow AQHA director and dedicated lover of the horse way of life, reside on the ranch in Schulenburg, Texas, where they spend most of their time breeding and raising American Quarter Horses. They share three children, son Paul and daughter-in-law Heather; Lindsay and son-in-law David Kutac; and son Russell and daughter-in-law Dr. Crystal Banks, and the joy of seven grandchildren.

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