No new cases of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in Virginia

April 14, 2014 – Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), says that the VDACS Office of Veterinary Services has completed the initial investigation of the Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) case recently reported in Northern Virginia. VDACS field veterinarians have reported that horses from the farm did not have contact with other horses in the state.  “EHM is a highly contagious disease,” Wilkes said, “but we did not find any additional horses displaying fevers or clinical signs of the disease on the farm over the weekend. The disease can appear in horses that have not been exposed to horses showing disease signs, however, so we are still monitoring the situation carefully and advise horse owners to continue to practice strict biosecurity.”

On Friday, April 11, VDACS announced that a single horse in Northern Virginia had tested positive for EHM and was euthanized. The horses on that farm in The Plains in Fauquier County will remain under quarantine for 21 to 28 days from the last exposure to the virus, the incubation period for EHM.

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Virginia Hunters April 19, 2014

fryingpanparkThe Virginia Hunters Horse Show series continues at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, Va., on April 19. The VHSA show begins with open schooling from 7–8:45 a.m.; the show starts at 9 a.m. Pre-entries are $12/class the Friday before the show; day of the show entry is $15/class. Handy Hunter Classic registration is $20/class. Visit Frying Pan Park website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fryingpanpark/equest.htm for prize list and online entry form. For more information, call 540.539.2052 or email burghmanf@aol.com.

Kelly’s Ford Open Horse Show April 19, 2014

kellys-ford-logoKelly’s Ford Equestrian Center in Remington, Va., hosts an Open Horse Show on April 19. The VHSA and BHSA show (held in the show arena) begins with limited schooling until 7:45 a.m.; the show starts at 8 a.m. This month’s judges are Wayne Eubank (hunter arena) and Darren Finkleman (jumper arena). Entries are $15/class; pre-entries, if received Wednesday at 5 p.m. before the show Saturday, are $13/class. For a prize list and entry form, email kellysfordequest@aol.com, call 540.399.1800, or visit http://www.innatkellysford.com/equest.html.

The “Fun” in Showing

BBHSAadThe Back to Basics Horse Show Association (BBHSA) opens their show season with a two-day show March 29-30, 2014. Open to all breeds and disciplines, classes include English, Western, timed events, driving, over fences, gaited country pleasure, trail (English and Western), lead line, and short stirrup. Gates open at 7 a.m. both days; shows begin at 9 a.m. and are held at Lucky Drive Ranch in Catlett, Va. Classes are $7 for members, $10 for nonmembers, with a $3 judge’s fee (per entry).

BBHSA offers shows that “promote a love of horses in a relaxed, fun, and family-oriented atmosphere.” A nonprofit organization, BBHSA was started in 2000 and promotes “good horsemanship and sportsmanship, an appreciation for showing in a healthy, wholesome, and fun environment, and greater love of, and a humane attitude toward, horses.”

For more information about stall reservations, call Lucky Drive Ranch at 540.788.9959; for show information, contact BBHSA at 703.283.4151 or the website at http://www.bbhsa.com.

Sandstone Farm Combined Test April 19, 2014

sandstoneSandstone Farm in Millwood, Va., will host a CDCTA combined test and schooling show on April 19. Visit the website at http://www.sandstonefarm.com, call 540.837.1261, or email sandstonefarm@aol.com for a prize list and online entry form.