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Updated Biosecurity Protocols for USET Foundation

Gladstone, NJ – April 3, 2013 – In light of the recent EHV-1 (equine herpes virus) outbreak, the USET Foundation has announced updated biosecurity protocols for all horses entering the USET Foundation Hamilton Farm Facility. This protocol has been put in place under the advisement of our USET veterinarians to ensure the health and safety of all horses entering the facility as we strive to keep our environment available, safe and healthy for upcoming equestrian events.

Updated biosecurity protocols for USET Foundation include:

A current negative coggins test. It is strongly recommended that all horses be vaccinated for Equine EHV-1 (either modified live or killed vaccine) no sooner than 7 days prior and no later than 90 days prior to entering the USET Foundation. Most EHV-1 vaccines are only considered effective for 90 days. Check with your veterinarian about which vaccine you should use.

Any horses shipping into the USET Foundation will require a 48-hour health certificate or statement on official licensed veterinarian letterhead. All horses should be able to provide proof of vaccine, preferably labeled on the health certificate.

Document your horses’ normal temperature prior to arrival. PLEASE DO NOT SHIP HORSES WITH ELEVATED TEMPERATURES since this is usually an early and effective indicator of a problem.

The attached form will be required for all horses entering the facility. This form is to certify that none of the horses in your care have been in direct contact or stabled with any horses that have received a positive test for the EHV-1 virus or have been stabled at a quarantined facility. By signing this form you certify that you will continue to follow all biosecurity precautions set forth by the USET Foundation.

Click Here to Download the Form

At this time we will not be requiring temperature checks by on-site veterinarians upon arrival; however, again we urge you to practice routine temperature checks on your horses daily.

“We would like to thank everyone for their diligence in adhering to this important protocol so we can continue to make our facility available and keep your horses healthy,” said Executive Director, Bonnie Jenkins.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.

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Stadium Jumping Announces Updated Exhibitor Information for Tampa Equestrian Series

Tampa, FL – March 13, 2013 – The Tampa Equestrian Series is pleased to announce that they have extended the closing date for entries and stall reservations following the news of the quarantine being lifted at HITS Ocala and other quarantined facilities. Riders and trainers that were uncertain about their showing plans may still contact Stadium Jumping to reserve stalls.

With the good news out of Ocala, Stadium Jumping has modified the requirements for horses entering the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. Horses will be required to have a current health certificate or a certificate of veterinary inspection on a licensed veterinarian letterhead. Vaccinations must be up to date.

The Tampa Equestrian Series will strive hard to keep all its attending horses safe and healthy while they compete at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. Management will provide temperature charts to all exhibitors upon arrival with instructions on charting temperatures twice daily.

The two-week equestrian event will be held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL. The Tampa Equestrian Series also features the 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational presented by G & C Farm, held under the lights at Raymond James Stadium on April 6, 2013. The world’s top equestrians will come together for Tampa Equestrian Series’ two weeks of competition, held from March 27 – April 6, 2013, to vie for the winning titles at this prestigious event.

To reserve stalls, please contact:
Michael Morrissey
941-915-3449
Michael.Morrissey@StadiumJumping.com

The Tampa Equestrian Series will kick off its two weeks of competition with the Tampa Bay Classic, which is scheduled for March 27-31, 2013. It will include the $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake on Friday, March 29, and the $35,000 Grand Prix of Tampa on Sunday, March 31. The ‘AA’-rated hunters will also be featured with divisions for professionals, juniors, and amateur-owners.

The Tournament of Champions is next, and will be held April 2-6, 2013. The $10,000 American Invitational Stake Class will be held on Thursday, April 5. The 41st $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, which will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. America’s “Super Bowl of Show Jumping” is a historic event, which brings together the top horse and rider combinations in the world. Invitations for the event are extended to the top thirty equestrians on the USEF National Computer Ranking List, plus past and present Olympians and other top invitees.

Annually, this event showcases exhilarating equine power, amazing speed and agility, and equestrian excellence at the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The day is filled with extraordinary entertainment and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

The Mane Event Kick-Off Party will start at 4:00pm in Lot 5 of Raymond James Stadium with great fun for kids of all ages. There will be face painting and a Horseless Horse Show presented by JustWorld International, as well as autograph and photo opportunities. The gates open at 6:00 pm. with a traditional course walk for the public. The Opening Ceremonies get underway at 7:00 p.m. with the Parade of Tampa Equestrian Festival Series Champions and a special tribute to “Our Heroes.” The first horse will show over the course beginning at 8:00 p.m. as they compete for the winning honors.

Tickets for the Saturday night spectacular are on sale now, online at: www.stadiumjumping.com. Ticket prices $30, $25, $15, Group Discounts for 10 or more persons.

For more information on Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the 2013 Tampa Equestrian Series, please call (941) 744-5465 or please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

For accurate and up to date information on EHV-1 in Florida, go to the State of Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Industry website at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/ai/pdf/EHVWebsiteUpdate.pdf.

The Tampa Equestrian Series and the 41st Annual $200,000 American Invitational Fast Facts

WHAT: Two-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the 41st Annual $200,000 American Invitational presented by G&C Farm, which features the world’s best equestrian athletes. Information is available online at www.stadiumjumping.com.

WHERE:
Tampa Equestrian Series:
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33680
www.stadiumjumping.com

41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607
www.raymondjamesstadium.com

WHEN: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tampa Classic – March 27-31, 2013
Tournament of Champions – April 2-6, 2013
41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3* – April 6, 2013, 7 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Thursday, March 28: $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake
Sunday, March 31: $35,000 Grand Prix of Tampa
Thursday, April 4: $10,000 American Invitational Stake
Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m.: 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3*, presented by G&C Farm.

American Invitational Highlights:
To kick off the evening activities, the public is invited to participate in the traditional American invitational course walk. This is an opportunity for spectators to marvel at the size and breadth of the jumps equestrians will navigate their horses over.

Sponsorship and Tickets:
Corporate and individual sponsors may participate at any level. Tickets are $15-$30. Senior citizens, active duty members, and group discounts are available. For more information on sponsorship levels or to purchase tickets, please call 1.800.237.8924.

About the American Invitational:
The 41st annual American Invitational, one of the world’s richest equestrian show jumping competitions, has been held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida since 1971.The Invitational is the only major equestrian competition to be held in a NFL football stadium.

Directions:

From Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater via I-275 to I-4 Eastbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: From I-4 Eastbound only, take Exit #6 for Orient Rd. and turn right off the ramp. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance immediately on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

From Lakeland/Orlando area via I-4 Westbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Travel on I-4 West toward Tampa to Exit #7 toward US-92 W / HILLSBOROUGH AVE and merge onto E. HILLSBOROUGH AVE. Proceed to the light at Orient Road and turn left. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

Traveling from I-75 North/South (from Ocala/Sarasota area)
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Traveling north on I-75, take Exit #260 (B) and merge LEFT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD (aka SR-574 West). Traveling south on I-75, take Exit #260 and merge RIGHT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD. Go west for 2.5 miles and pass the light at U.S. Hwy. 301. Keep proceeding on MLK, Jr. Blvd. to the next light which is ORIENT RD. Make a right at Orient Road. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the right-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

THE FACILITY:
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Outdoor Stadium Arena 150′ x 360′ Bermuda sod grass

HOTELS:
Hilton Garden Inn
10309 Highland Manor Drive
Tampa, FL
(813) 626-6700

La Quinta Inn East Fairgrounds
4811 U.S. 301 North
Tampa, FL
(813) 623-3321
(800) 642-4271

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa
5223 North Orient Road (next to showgrounds)
Tampa, FL
(813) 627-7625

SpringHill Suites
4835 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 639-9600
(888) 236-2427

STADIUM JUMPING INC.: Corporate Office
1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205
Tel: 941-744-5465
Fax: 941-744-0874

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Announcing Atlanta Spring Classic Updates

March 12, 2013 – The Classic Company is pleased to hear that the quarantine on the HITS Ocala show grounds will be lifted tomorrow at 8 am.  In view of this development, we wanted to review the bio-security protocol that Classic Company has in place for the Atlanta Spring Classic Shows at the Georgia International Horse Park.

  • Horses and trailers may not arrive prior to Monday, March 18th.
  • All trailers entering the horse park will do so via the Centennial Olympic Parkway entrance.
  • As in Gulfport, Classic Company will have a representative to meet all trailers entering the park.
  • All horses are required to have a health certificate drawn within seven days of arrival.
  • As a precaution, please check your horses’ temperatures 24 hours prior to checking in.
  • Please call if you plan to arrive after 7 pm at 770.860.2510 between show office hours of 8 am and 5 pm.

There are still stalls available for the two week series of shows. And remember, the stalls are all permanent, matted and with easy access to wash racks.  The revised schedule is posted on the Classic Company website and will be sure to offer something for everyone including Saturday grand prix and opening week, the CWD Grand Prix!

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  And, this year the fun continues at the Gulfport show with complimentary exhibitor parties, breakfasts, luncheons and office snacks to make your showing experience the best ever.

Classic Company never charges a scratch or add fee for those last minute adds and scratches, so if you haven’t entered yet, go to the prize list or simply click on Equestrian Connect to fill out your entry form and stabling requests.

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service.    The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Gulf Coast Classic shows in Gulfport, and let the good times roll!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.ClassicCompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.com.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
www.ClassicCompany.com
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

Update on Health Certificates at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Wellington, FL – March 12, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that they have updated information regarding health certificates for the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Any horses shipping onto the property (both FTI WEF and AGDF grounds) will require a health certificate or statement on official licensed veterinarian letterhead dated March 1, 2013, or after. Health certificates used to enter PBIEC last week are still valid.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on EHV-1 in Florida, please visit the State of Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Industry website at www.freshfromflorida.com/ai.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

HITS Ocala Quarantine to Lift Wednesday, March 13

OCALA, FL (March 12, 2013) – HITS is pleased to announce that the quarantine that has been in effect at the HITS Ocala show grounds for the past three weeks will be lifted Wednesday morning, March 13, in time for the season finale. On Wednesday at 8am, restrictions on horses entering or leaving the show grounds will be lifted, and the Ocala Celebration (HITS IX) will kick off with a bang.

“We are pleased to be in a position to highlight all the great classes and events that are on the schedule for this week,” said HITS, Inc. President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. The final week of HITS Ocala always proves to be special with the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, the $25,000 Team Barber M&S Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic and the big Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classics. The week also features the $50,000 East Meets West Hunter Challenge and the HITS Equitation Championship.

“HITS Ocala elected to test all the horses under observation at the three-week mark, rather than waiting one more week and allowing the quarantine to extend 28 days and time out,” said Struzzieri. “All the horses tested negative which speaks volumes for the excellent bio-security measures practiced by HITS exhibitors and staff alike.” The negative results meant that the quarantine could be lifted for Wednesday.

The protocol measures that HITS began putting in place this winter will be required at all future HITS shows, including HITS Culpeper and HITS Saugerties. “The required protocol we had at HITS Thermal [California] this year will now become required for all future HITS shows,” Struzzieri said. “It is clear that such protocols are in the best interest of horse health and the equine industry as a whole.”

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Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1) Information Update

Kentucky’s Perspective and Position Updated: March 7, 2013

Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1) is described to be a highly contagious pathogen that is ubiquitous in horse populations throughout the world. Infections in horses can result in a variety of ailments that include respiratory disease, abortions, neonatal deaths and the neurologic disease termed Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM).  Recently, alerts of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy being diagnosed in multiple states have been issued. States having cases of EHM diagnosed in recent months include California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Tennessee and Utah. Horses of different breeds and representing vastly different disciplines and activity have been affected.

The apparent increased frequency of disease and severity of symptoms being seen has lead Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout to conclude extra precaution needs to be initiated and implemented to help mitigate the associated risk. We are directing Kentucky facility managers and the managers of shows/exhibitions planned to be held in Kentucky to immediately review their biosecurity practices and if needed elevate their biosecurity plan to minimize opportunity of horses having direct or indirect contact with one another. Indirect contact would include common water and feed sources as well as shared equipment and common areas. The goal of a biosecurity plan is to prevent the transmission of infectious agents among individuals. The components of a successful program will include cooperation of management, facility layout, decontamination, and when applicable immunization. Each of these factors directly affects the success or failure of the program. A copy of the American Association of Equine Practitioners biosecurity guidelines and EHV resources can be found at www.aaep.org/ehv_resources.htm. Our office is happy to assist facilities, show management and event veterinarians in evaluating their individual plans and when a need is identified, assist in adapting the plans.

As an additional preventive measure, we encourage horsemen to consult their veterinarians and after evaluating their animal’s vaccination status consider if there is need or benefit to stimulating an immune response by vaccinating against EHV-1. We acknowledge the available vaccines’ labels make no claim to prevent neurologic disease, but based on our experience managing outbreaks of this disease, and in consultation with infectious disease experts and research scientist, we continue to be of the opinion the vaccine does have a meaningful level of efficacy and may aid in reducing the impact of a disease incident.

In response to the identified increased risk, we have and will continue to operate with elevated regulatory surveillance and equine health inspection activity at events in Kentucky. Exhibitors can expedite their passage through our inspection points by having their health documents organized and horses loaded in a manner that will allow visual inspection. In addition to the surveillance and inspection activity, we will be working closely with show managers and veterinarians to insure immediate notification and quick response to any suspected communicable disease.

We continue to monitor these disease events, and will adjust our strategies as warranted and provide updates as changes occur.

E. S. Rusty Ford
Equine Programs Manager
Office of State Veterinarian
502/564-3956
Rusty1.ford@ky.gov

Recent Updates to the AAEP EHV Resource Pages

Here is the AAEP EHV Resource page: http://www.aaep.org/ehv_resources.htm (included within this page are resources for veterinarians and horse owners).

We also have an additional EHV FAQ good for horse owners located here: http://www.aaep.org/health_articles_view.php?id=370.

Live Oak International Enacts EHV-1 Safety Measures

March 6, 2013 – Ocala, Florida – Due to recent concerns over the spread of EHV-1 in Florida, the Live Oak International organizing committee is enacting biosecurity measures to ensure the safety of all horses participating in the event, which runs from March 20 to 24 at Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, FL.

“The Live Oak team has been working diligently with our FEI veterinary commission, treating vets, jury members, and our fellow competition organizers to create a comprehensive biosecurity plan to ensure the welfare of every horse entered in our tournament,” said Chester C. Weber, Co-President of Live Oak International.  “My family has been in the horse business for decades, crossing over many disciplines, and the values of horsemanship run in our blood.  It is a great pleasure for our family to welcome our fellow horsemen to the Live Oak International, and we want to do everything we can to maintain everyone’s safety.”

The following health requirements are mandatory for all horses entering the Live Oak International show grounds:

  • A State Health Certificate must be provided within 48 hours of arrival
  • A veterinarian will examine all horses upon arrival
  • There will be designated arrival times, which will be announced prior to the event
  • Documentation of Influenza vaccinations no less than 7 days or more than 6 months from arrival date
  • Documentation of Equine Herpes (Rhino) vaccinations no less than 7 days or more than 90 days from date of arrival
  • Competitors will be required to take their horse’s temperatures twice daily and record them with the stable manager
  • No ship-ins will be permitted
  • Animals not meeting these requirements will not be allowed to enter the premises.

In addition to the biosecurity protocols for competitors, Live Oak International organizers will be pressure washing and disinfecting all stalls prior to the start of competition to further ensure the safety of all animals on the property.

“We have unfortunately had a history of outbreaks of EHV-1 in this country over the past number of years and it is becoming increasingly important that all horse owners take the necessary precautions to protect their animals,” explained Dr. Steve Soule, one of two official International Equestrian Federation (FEI) veterinary delegates for Live Oak International.  “The neurological strain of this virus can be life-threatening and has a relatively high contagion rate.  Everyone should be proactive in checking temperatures, vaccinating horses, and performing these health examinations prior to transport.”

The Florida Department of Agriculture has confirmed that at least six horses have tested positive for EHV-1 since February.  All of the infected animals were stabled at the HITS Ocala show grounds, where the initial case was detected.  As a result, the entire facility at HITS has been quarantined.  Several farms in the Ocala area are also currently under mandatory quarantine, while numerous others have implemented their own increased biosecurity protocols.

Competitors attending the Live Oak International are being urged to take all necessary precautions to prevent the further spread of EHV-1.

“We continue to work very closely with our veterinary team to implement the necessary biosecurity measures for horses and ponies arriving onto the Live Oak grounds,” said Live Oak International show manager Damien Guthrie.  “These new health requirements, along with any updates, can be found on our website, Facebook or by contacting the show office.  I have every confidence that the Live Oak International event will be safe for our horses and ponies competing, and we look forward to a successful competition.”

For more information on the Live Oak International, please visit www.liveoakinternational.com.

Contact:  Jennifer Ward
Starting Gate Communications
Cell: (613) 292-5439
www.startinggate.ca

Updated Information on Biosecurity Protocols at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Wellington, FL – March 4, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that they have updated information regarding biosecurity protocols for the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). ESP would also like to reaffirm that there are currently no new or suspected cases of EHV-1 associated with or on PBIEC property. ESP would like to thank the State of Florida Veterinarians and exhibitors for their efforts to prevent disease outbreak. ESP looks forward to a successful remainder of the show season for the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

“We would like to thank everyone for their diligence,” said ESP President Michael Stone. “It has so far proved to be an effective way to keep all of the horses at PBIEC healthy and safe. We encourage everyone to continue their biosecurity precautions, including regular daily temperature charts for their horses. We will continue our efforts as well to make sure that everyone can focus on great competition with healthy horses.”

ESP will continue to work closely with local treating veterinarians and State Veterinarians to ensure that we are doing everything possible to prevent EHV-1 disease at PBIEC.

Biosecurity protocols for PBIEC (both WEF and GDF show grounds) have been updated. Please see the letter below to see what will be required of horses shipping into the PBIEC show grounds.

Any horses shipping onto the property will still require a 48-hour health certificate or statement on official licensed veterinarian letterhead.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on EHV-1 in Florida, please visit the State of Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Industry website at www.freshfromflorida.com/ai.

LETTER TO ACCOMPANY NEW ENTRIES AT PBIEC

Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC
14440 Pierson Road
Wellington, Florida 33414
Phone: (561) 793-5867
Fax: (561) 753-0394

By signing this letter I hereby certify that none of the horses in my care have been in direct contact or stabled with any horses that have received a positive test for the EHV-1 virus. I also certify that none of the horses in my care have been housed (after February 21st) in any current quarantined facility. The list of quarantined facilities can be found here: www.freshfromflorida.com/ai. Once facilities are released from state mandated quarantine, horses that have been stabled at these facilities will be cleared to enter the show grounds on a case by case basis with consultation with state and treating vets advisement.

I also certify that I will continue to follow all biosecurity precautions set forth by ESP and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Print Name __________________________________ Date ____/____/_____

Signature ____________________________________

Name of Barn _________________________________

Arrival Date __________________________________

Address of horses’ origin prior to coming to WEF ____________________________________________

In effect until further notice, no horses will be allowed to ship onto the PBIEC property (both WEF and GDF grounds at The Stadium) without a health certificate within 48 hours of arriving. It is mandatory that all horses shipping into the PBIEC (both WEF and GDF grounds at The Stadium) arrive during daylight hours. Unfortunately, we will not be able accept any horses arriving from the HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, other quarantined farms in Ocala, FL, or other quarantined farms onto the property (outside of the dates specified above) at this time.

Those arriving at the PBIEC who need health certificates can either call Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) at 561-793-1599 to receive a current health certificate or can get one from the PBEC veterinarian on the grounds.

ESP is asking all equestrians, especially those stabling off PBIEC property, to enact biosecurity protocols and be proactive and responsible for their horses, including daily temperature charts. Do not bring any horses that come from the HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala or other quarantined farms onto PBIEC property (outside of the dates specified above) until further notice.

ESP management has contacted all major shippers to inform them of the situation and for them to increase their biosecurity as well. There is currently no restriction on horses leaving the property.

An integral part of a showing environment includes healthy horses. Exhibitors, especially those traveling long distances, can contribute to that healthy environment by following some basic recommendations listed below. Please monitor our web site at www.equestriansport.com for any additional and possibly mandatory requirements.

  1. A current negative coggins test. Please renew before it expires, and not just before it is necessary to leave the state. It is strongly recommended that all horses be vaccinated for Equine EHV-1 (either modified live or killed vaccine) no sooner than 7 days prior and no later than 90 days prior to entering the show grounds. Most EHV-1 vaccines are only considered effective for 90 days.  Check with your veterinarian about which vaccine you use.
  2. A health certificate or statement on licensed veterinarian letterhead within 48 hours is required for all horses shipping onto the property. All horses should be able to produce proof of vaccine, preferably labeled on these health certificates. Those who need health certificates when they arrive can contact Palm Beach Equine Clinic at 561-793-1599 or contact PBEC vets on the show grounds.
  3. You should be able to document your horses’ normal temperature before arrival. Please do not ship horses with elevated temperatures. It is recommended that you establish a log of temperatures taken at least twice daily. If there is an elevated temperature for more than a 24 hour period, please consult your local Veterinarian immediately.
  4. Every effort should be made to minimize stress and commingling of horses shipped long distances. Extra hours on a horse van, or moving from stable to stable, is the fastest way to compromise your horses’ and your neighbors’ horses’ health.
  5. Any horse on the show grounds with a fever of unknown origin or of suspicious origin must be reported to ESP, LLC Management. It is always better to err on the side of safety. Isolation stalls will either be available on the grounds or at a local veterinary practice if the need arises.
  6. Please take the time to review equine good hygiene practices and express its importance to your groom in everyday care.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

Update Regarding EHV-1 in Florida

Lexington, KY – The Florida Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a second horse associated with the Ocala Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) has presented with neurological signs. To date, there have been a total of 7 horses linked to the Ocala outbreak (two neurological cases, and five having tested positive with no evidence of neurologic disease being seen). All positive tests have been reported as Equine Herpes Virus Type 1, the wild strain.

An additional horse (Wellington area and no identified direct or indirect connection to the Ocala show grounds) has been tested and found to be EHV-1 (wild strain) positive. There have been no neurologic symptoms associated with this animal.

All horses on the HITS Showgrounds, Ocala are under quarantine. Additionally, horses believed to have had increased opportunity of exposure or other risk have been traced to 11 different farms/training facilities. Quarantines have been put in place and the animals are being monitored for evidence of illness.

The Florida Department of Agriculture has posted a detailed report regarding this situation and is updating the report regularly. These updates include links to additional resources and are available at: www.freshfromflorida.com/ai/pdf/EHVWebsiteUpdate.pdf.

Please check this source regularly for the most current and reliable information regarding the status of the disease.

The equestrian community is being advised of the importance of horsemen implementing good biosecurity protocols that should be routine when attending competitions or visiting other venues where horses of different origin and disease status are congregating. If planning to travel to such venues, make certain you contact the venue prior to travel to understand what biosecurity measures have been imposed. Additionally, it is advised that you consult with your veterinarian in evaluating your horse’s current vaccination and immunity status and to review or develop an individual biosecurity plan. The California Department of Food & Agriculture has published a bio-security tool kit at this link: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/equine_biosecurity.html. Dr. Stephen Schumacher, Chief Administrator for the USEF Drugs & Medication Program, describes this as a “good comprehensive resource compiled from a number of sources.”

James Lala Keeps Horses’ Safety First Stepping Up Biosecurity at His Wellington Quarantine

The mare barn at James Lala’s Wellington Quarantine.

Wellington, FL – February 28, 2013 – James Lala makes it his mission to safely and efficiently expedite horses through the quarantine process while providing a rider-friendly facility.

Lala’s Wellington Quarantine keeps all the quarantine horses in permanent stalls, built for safety and functionality. Stallions and mares are kept separate with separate grooming and bathing areas and all the breeding is done well away from the riding areas. There is extra matting, extra high walls and secure doors. There are two rings with all-weather GGT footing, multiple lunging areas, a round pen with extra high walls for safe stallion turn-out as well as grass turn-out.

“When the horses arrive, they’ve been cooped up for travel,” Lala explained. “They are fresh. It could have been three or four weeks since they’ve been ridden and had turn-out. We try to keep things quiet for them. I don’t want a lot of spooky jumps. My jumps are very standard, on purpose. The goal is to get the horses through the quarantine process safely.”

“Everyone has been raving about the footing,” said Lala who recently put new footing in what was his grass field, now called his ‘Big Ass Ring.’ “We don’t breed in the ring. We don’t want the stallion to think he might breed when he is about to be ridden. We can accommodate riders’ busy schedules – which I am well aware of since I am a rider myself.”

The United States Federal Department of Agriculture (USDA) carefully regulates the importation of horses into the country and the rules and regulations can seem overwhelming. Stallions and mares entering the U.S. from countries known to have Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) are required to be quarantined and go through a testing process to prove that they do not have the sexually transmitted disease. All mares and stallions from Europe must go through the process.

“The things that come to mind when I think of James Lala’s Quarantine is his professionalism; it’s a workmanlike facility,” said Erin Newkirk, DVM of Reid and Associates Equine Medicine and Surgery. “It may not be extravagant, but everything is covered. He’s got great rings, places to exercise, great stalls – the horses are put first. Like today, he put in extra measures; it’s a horses-first facility.”

Lala works closely with Dr. Newkirk, who does all the testing, cleaning and packing and manages the live breeding of the stallions and the test mares, along with Lala’s expert stallion handlers. In addition, veterinarians from the State of Florida Department of Agriculture must be on hand when the horses arrive from the airport in Miami to unseal the trailer and check the paperwork. They are also on site to regulate every procedure from monitoring cultures taken to the live breeding.

“It is great working at this facility,” said Christina Anzures, DVM Veterinarian from the Florida Department of Agriculture. “James is always concerned about the biosecurity of the horses. He has very well trained personnel, which reduces the risk of any accidents. Now, with the outbreak of the EHV-1, he and his personnel are very on top of biosecurity. He put in a barricade and put in a larger foot bath and hand sanitizer – all in an effort to prevent horses at the facility from being infected.”

It is evident that Lala puts safety first while keeping the rider and owner in mind during the quarantine process. His impressive list of clients returns year after year.

“Two top European riders sent their stallions to me to ride while they did quarantine; then they flew them to California,” Lala said. “Obviously, that was more expensive but they have been very pleased here. We’ve had four or five horses that were in the Olympics. Almost every top rider has been here. Gold Medalists, World Cup horses, and many of the country’s top hunters have stayed here.”

For more information about James Lala’s Wellington Quarantine:
www.jameslalaquarantine.com
(561) 906-6668
james@jameslalaquarantine.com

To keep updated on the latest about the EHV-1 Outbreak, go to: www.FreshFromFlorida.com.

Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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