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Bio Security Measures Update

February 24, 2013 – The Gulf Coast Classic Company announces that it will continue to have a security guard at the front gate 24 hours a day every day, checking all horses arriving onto the property.  All horses arriving onto the Harrison County Fairgrounds must have current Health Certificates and paperwork.  Please call the office for more information at 228.832.2745.

Coggins and current health papers will be checked at the gate and day ship-ins will no longer be allowed. EHV1 is very serious and it is recommended that horses be properly vaccinated and that all owners keep a daily temperature log for their horses, especially if they show signs of any change in their normal routine. For additional information, please contact Gulf Coast Classic’s Official Veterinarian, Dr. Juan Gamboa, at juandvm@aol.com.

“These measures have been put into place to protect the horses showing at the Gulf Coast Classic Winter Series.  We appreciate your support in our efforts.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the horse show office or email info@classiccompany.com,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.

As one of the only non-Florida AA Circuits, the Gulf Coast Classic Company is trying to isolate its exhibitors’ horses and the show grounds from a potential EHV1 outbreak.  “Due to the EHV1 in Ocala, we are taking many precautions for our horses.  We were sold out for Week IV with exhibitors coming from Ocala to compete in the $35,000 CWD Grand Prix and the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix Week V.  Unfortunately, in view of the EHV1 situation, some of those previously reserved stalls will not be used now.  So, we have a few openings for anyone with a change in plans who now wants to compete at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic,” said Bell.  “If you want stalls and want to show with us, we would love to have you. Call 228.832.2745 for stalls,” he said. “On a positive note, what a great time to discover the Classic difference!” he added.

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

ESP Announces No Ship-Ins from Ocala and Increased Biosecurity Protocols

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that biosecurity protocols are being increased for the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center due to the positive case of EHV-1 in Ocala, Florida. ESP is taking these precautionary steps necessary for the safety of the horses on the property. There has been no indication of any suspect cases in Wellington. Effective immediately, 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 Ocala onto the property 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. Please do not bring any horses that come from Ocala onto PBIEC property.

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 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 horse’s 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 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.

For more information on Equestrian Sport Productions biosecurity protocols, please call 561-793-5867.

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

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

Florida EHV-1 Update: No New Cases Confirmed at HITS Ocala

OCALA, FL (February 23, 2013) – A horse competing at HITS Ocala was referred to the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine after showing clinical neurological signs on February 20th. The horse subsequently tested positive for the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), wild-type strain. Currently, the horse is in stable condition and continues to be treated at the University of Florida. There are no additional confirmed cases at this time.

Within hours of the positive diagnosis, an informative meeting was held at HITS Ocala where trainers were encouraged to strengthen their bio-security measures. Diane Kitchen, DVM from the Department of Agriculture, several other veterinarians and Tom Struzzieri from HITS, took part in the meeting. Suggested precautions included taking all horses’ temperatures on a regular basis.

Since the infected horse was diagnosed at the hospital, the following has transpired specific to HITS Ocala:

  1. Most importantly, the sick horse is stable and his condition has improved.
  2. Veterinarians at the horse show, under the watchful eye of Dr. Kitchen, have tested other horses that were either in direct contact with the infected horse, or who had a fever that was noticeably high. HITS is extremely happy to report that all tested samples have been reported negative.
  3. The horse show has quarantined all the horses that were stabled in Tent 7, where the originally infected horse was stabled.
  4. The horse show has continued and is in full swing. No restrictions on horses coming or going (except to and from the quarantined tent) are in place in any way.
  5. No restrictions on horses coming and going across Florida boarder are in place.
  6. As of today, there is a quarantined tent at both Ocala and Wellington. Good bio-security measures are in place and are being strictly enforced in Ocala, and will continue through the three remaining weeks of shows.

The Division of Animal Industry has begun a disease investigation, which includes the HITS show grounds in Ocala, the local index farm and multiple premises that have horses that may have been exposed to the positive horse. Currently, there are seven state quarantines in place. These quarantines include the index farm, Tent 7 at HITS and five additional premises in Florida; two farms in the Ocala area, one in Pinellas Park, one in St. Augustine and one in Wellington. At this point in the investigation there are no known exposed horses in other states.

Additional movement requirements or restrictions have not been imposed by Florida or any other states at this time. Horse owners and trainers are advised to contact the venue of destination for any additional requirements prior to travel.

The entire equine community should practice prudent bio-security and report any suspected cases of EHV-1. For reporting, call 850-410-0900 Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm and 1-800-342-5869 after hours and weekends.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services with continue to work with HITS management, trainers and veterinarians to ensure proper safeguards are taken to prevent further spread of the disease.

Frequent informational updates will be provided, so please continue to visit this Website regularly.

Additional Resources:

More information on the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) can be found at the following Websites:

Bio-security information, to help reduce the risk of spread contagious and infectious diseases can be found at the following Websites:

Source: HITS Media and Edited Release.

See also: http://largeanimal.vethospitals.ufl.edu/2013/02/22/ehv-1-information-from-uf-veterinary-hospitals/.

HITS, Inc. • 319 Main Street • Saugerties, NY 12477-1330
845.246.8833 Tel • Media_Info@HitsShows.comHitsShows.com

Gulf Coast Classic Company Announces Bio Security Measures

Gulfport, Mississippi (February 22, 2013) – Classic Company President Bob Bell has announced that in response to the EHV1 outbreak in Ocala, Classic Company will be implementing the following procedures immediately:

There will be a security guard at the front gate 24 hours a day, every day, checking all horses arriving onto the Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center property.

All horses arriving onto the Harrison County Fairgrounds must have current Health Certificates (within the last 48 hours; please contact Dr. Gamboa at juandvm@aol.com with questions). EHV1 is very serious and vaccinations are recommended; these measures have been put into place to protect the horses showing at the Gulf Coast Classic Winter Series. We appreciate your support in our efforts.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the horse show office or email info@classiccompany.com.

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.

Stay up to date:  Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

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

USDA Releases Second EHV-1 Situation Report

From The American Horse Council

USDA has released the second national EHV-1 situation report.  A summary of the updated information is as follows:

•    A total of 75 confirmed EHV-1 or EHM cases have been reported in 9 states (AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA)
•    Of the 75 confirmed EHV/EHM cases, 58 cases are horses that were at the Ogden, Utah event.
•    There are 11 horses associated with this incident that are dead or have been euthanized.
•    There are 15 newly identified premises with suspect or confirmed cases identified this reporting period.

You may view the complete USDA EHV-1 Situation Report that provides detailed information on the number of exposed, positive, dead, and euthanized horses on a state by state level here.  The AHC anticipates USDA releasing another national situation report at the end of next week. Please see the below links for additional information on EHV-1 transmission risks and disease mitigation strategies.

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Colorado Horse Park Three Day Event and June High Prairie Dressage Canceled

Parker, CO — In order to add one more buffer week to ensure that there is no possibility of EHV-1 infection at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP), the organization has canceled the following events scheduled for June 2-5, 2011: Colorado Horse Park Three Day Event and June High Prairie Dressage. This is merely a precautionary measure; no horse exposed to the virus has been on the property. In fact, no horses with EHV-1 symptoms have been identified in Douglas County. FEI veterinarian and CHP consultant, Terry Swanson D.V.M., stated that he believes there is very little likelihood of EHV-1 being discovered at the Park and he felt that the extra buffer week would lay the issue to rest.

“We wanted riders and owners to be absolutely confident that their horses were safe at The Colorado Horse Park,” explained Helen Krieble, founder and president of The Colorado Horse Park. “Our hearts truly go out to the competitors who were planning on showing next week. We are truly sorry for them. However, we want everyone to feel extremely certain about the remainder of the season.” Of course, riders who have already entered the CHP Three Day Event and June High Prairie Dressage Show will receive full refunds.

The remainder of CHP’s show season will run as scheduled, beginning with the first week of the expanded Colorado Summer Circuit on June 8, 2011. “I am confident that with the additional buffer week, the 2011 horse show season will not only be able to continue, but will be extremely successful,” Krieble stated.

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Helping to Cope with the Equine Herpes Virus-1, Naturally

According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses can cause not only the neurologic disease (Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy, or EHM for short) that is in the news now, but also respiratory disease, abortion in mares and neonatal foal death.  Viruses spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing (including boots) and hands.

A virus, according to Wikipedia, is a biological agent that reproduces inside the cells of living hosts.  Once the host cell is infected by a virus, it is forced to produce many thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an astounding rate.  Because viruses do not have cells that divide, the new viruses accumulate in the infected host cell.  Viruses are found wherever there is life and have most likely existed since living cells first evolved.

Viral infections are usually eliminated by the body’s immune system which protects against disease by identifying and killing pathogens and tumor cells.   Detection of viruses is complicated as the pathogens can evolve rapidly, adapting easily to avoid the defenses of the immune system.  When the immune system is not functioning properly, recurring and life-threatening infections can result.  How can horse owners help protect their horses and build up their immune system?

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Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) Update: May 25, 2011

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has no “confirmed” or “suspect” cases of the neurologic form of EHV-1 to report today. TAHC officials continue releasing primary traced horses and their cohorts (stablemates) that attended the Ogden, Utah, NCHA event.

Currently 16 known horses in Texas that attended the event and 185 cohorts (stablemates) remain under movement restrictions. There are a total of ten premises that have been exposed and those premises are in the following counties: Randall, Parker, Jack, Kerr and Mills counties.

TAHC and Texas veterinarians continue to investigate new situations statewide where horses are displaying symptoms consistent with that of the neurologic form of EHV-1.

If traveling out of state, TAHC officials urge horse owners to check with the state of destination before traveling. A downloadable list of contact information for all 50 state animal health agencies may be found on the U.S. Animal Association website (http://www.usaha.org/Reference/FederalStateAnimalHelalth.aspx) or on the USDA website (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imports_states.shtml).

The TAHC will post another Texas EHV-1 update tomorrow, Thursday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. A new national report from USDA will also be available Friday, May 27.

For information regarding EHV-1, visit www.tahc.state.tx.us or Facebook (www.facebook.com/TexasAHC) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/TAHC).

Yvonne “Bonnie” Ramirez
Director of Public Information (Texas Animal Health Commission)
“Serving Texas Animal Agriculture Since 1893”

Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) Update

May 20, 2011 – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials are continuing to trace exposed horses that attended the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western National Championships event that ended on May 8 in Ogden, Utah that were potentially exposed to Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). There are now 25 known horses in Texas that attended the event and 336 more cohorts (stablemates) of the 25 that are currently being held under movement restrictions across the state. The good news is that no new cases have been reported today. Texas still only has one confirmed case and one suspect case reported. The epidemiological investigation continues however, and Texas horse owners must be vigilant of the possibility that exposed horses may still be incubating the disease.

TAHC continues to suggest that horse owners closely evaluate the risk of participating in upcoming events scheduled for this weekend and/or co-mingling their horses with other horses and equipment (trailers) of unknown history. Because the incubation period is usually about 4-6 days or less, even a one week voluntary stop movement may be enough to nip the cycle of transmission between horses before it grows in scope. The TAHC will re-evaluate this position after analyzing new case data or other epidemiological information that may be disclosed over the weekend.

Horse owners should contact event organizers in advance to ensure that scheduled events have not been cancelled. Some other states have established emergency rules for entry as a result of this situation, so if interstate travel is planned, owners and/or veterinarians writing health certificates should check in advance to ensure they meet all entry requirements. Finally, it is recommended that all newly purchased horses or introduced horses to a premise should be isolated to help.

Another EHV-1 update will be sent out Monday evening. For information regarding EHV-1, visit www.tahc.state.tx.us. Several useful links can also be accessed through our website. You can also keep up with EHV-1 information through our Facebook (www.facebook.com/TexasAHC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/TAHC) sites.

Yvonne “Bonnie” Ramirez
Director of Public Information – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)
Web: www.tahc.state.tx.us
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TexasAHC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TAHC
Phone: 512-719-0710

UPDATED: Information Regarding Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) and Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM)

As of 12:00 PM EST on May 20, cases of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) have been confirmed in eight states and in Canada. Please use the state veterinarian in your state as a resource for information and guidance regarding this disease.

Please see the USDA situation report for updated information: http://image.exct.net/lib/feef1d757d6307/m/1/USDA+EHV-1+Situation+Report.pdf.

Affected States’ State Veterinarian Contact Information:

California: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/equine_herpes_virus.html
Phone: (916) 654-1447

Colorado: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Agriculture-Main/CDAG/1167928197091
Phone: (303-239-4161

Idaho: http://www.agri.state.id.us/Categories/Animals/animalHealth/healthehv.php
Phone: (208) 332-8544

Oregon: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/__news_449105797.shtml
Phone: (503) 986-4680

New Mexico: http://www.nmbvm.org/
Phone: (505) 841-6161

Texas: http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/

Utah: http://ag.utah.gov/news/EquineHerpesOutbreak.html
Phone: (801) 538-7162

Washington: http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/AnimalHealth/HotTopics.aspx
Phone: (360) 902-1881, (360) 902-1835

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