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HIO Inspection Program (Affiliating a Show)

FOSH has an established inspection program staffed with trained and certified experts who ensure that the provisions of the Horse Protection Act [HPA or the Act] and its regulations are reliably and impartially fulfilled.  These experts are known as Designated Qualified Persons [DQPs] when operating in the field. DQPs have no enforcement authority other than as delegated by the USDA for inspections at shows, sales, and exhibitions where they have been assigned.  Shows, sales and exhibitions wishing to use FOSH DQPs enter into a contract with FOSH to be “affiliated.”

FOSH sees its relationship with the USDA as one of partnership in ending the illegal practices of soring and pressure soring in the equine industry, as outlined in the Horse Protection Act [Act], FOSH provides safeguards for compliant exhibitors by ensuring that horses that are unfit to enter the show ring are not placed in competition.

FOSH is certified by the USDA to inspect horses and write citations for violations of the Act. The legal responsibility to enforce the Act rests solely with the USDA and is not a responsibility that can be delegated to any non-federal/non-governmental agency or organization.

 FOSH has an established inspection program staffed with trained and certified experts who ensure that the provisions of the Horse Protection Act [HPA or the Act] and its regulations are reliably and impartially fulfilled.  These experts are known as Designated Qualified Persons [DQPs] when operating in the field. DQPs have no enforcement authority other than as delegated by the USDA for inspections at shows, sales, and exhibitions where they have been assigned.  Shows, sales and exhibitions wishing to use FOSH DQPs enter into a contract with FOSH to be “affiliated.”  
FOSH sees its relationship with the USDA as one of partnership in ending the illegal practices of soring and pressure soring in the equine industry, as outlined in the Horse Protection Act [Act], FOSH provides safeguards for compliant exhibitors by ensuring that horses that are unfit to enter the show ring are not placed in competition.
FOSH is certified by the USDA to inspect horses and write citations for violations of the Act. The legal responsibility to enforce the Act rests solely with the USDA and is not a responsibility that can be delegated to any non-federal/non-governmental agency or organization.

  1. 2017 FOSH DQP Inspection Affiliation Request
  2. USDA Responsibilities of Show Management
  3. 2017 Exhibitor Acknowledgment and Waiver of Liability
  4. 2017 Request for Certification as DQP
  5. 2017 FOSH Inspection and Organizational DQP Manual
  6. 2017 Request for DQP License Renewal

DQP Coordinator
Teresa Bippen
Tbippen1957@yahoo.com
314-409-3861

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