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Sandy Collier rides into Cowgirl Hall of Fame

October induction awaits NRCHA World Champion

From Horsetrader staff reports - August 18th, 2011

Sandy Collier

Sandy Collier

FORT WORTH, Texas – Sandy Collier, who remembers vividly the first time she broke into the Open Finals at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, joined another elite club recently when she was voted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

The Buellton-based Collier, 58, is one of four 2011 inductees into the Hall, located in Fort Worth Texas. In a ceremony planned Oct. 26 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Collier will be inducted alongside Sarah “Sally” Buxkemper, Mary Lou LeComtpe and Anna Mebus Martin.

A Will to Give Back

Special to the Horsetrader - August 4th, 2011
Will Simpson entertains corporate sponsors during a day of appreciation held by the Compton Junior Posse in Compton.

Will Simpson entertains corporate sponsors during a day of appreciation held by the Compton Junior Posse in Compton.

Appreciation was the theme of the day at the annual Business and Corporate Barbeque July 15 at the Compton Junior Posse in Compton, where Director Mayisha Akbar and her team gave current and future sponsors the chance to become better acquainted with the CJP – and each other.

Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson, a staunch supporter of the program, pitched in with a range of skills, from the clinic arena to the barbeque. Simpson will conduct a clinic for the CJP students at the Del Mar International Horse Show in October. This month, Horsetrader columnist and trainer Ray Ariss will be hosting the CJP at his Norco ranch for a clinic and trail ride. For more info on the CJP, see add on page 78.

UC Davis: The shows CAN go on – carefully

Virus-scare clampdown is eased after study of California cases;
show managers receive guidelines to minimize risk to horses

From Horsetrader staff reports - May 25th, 2011

SACRAMENTO – After determining the virus that caused the death of one horse in California and the quarantine of 17 others is closely related to a single Utah horse show, the University of California Davis has informed horse show and event managers that the shows can go on – albeit carefully.

The UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital informed horse show and event managers Tuesday it has concluded the EHV-1 outbreak is centered around horses that were present at the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships held at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden Utah, from April 30 to May 8 or the Kern County Cutting Event in Bakersfield on May 13. This includes

State confirms SoCal EHV-1 cases

Sixteen of 17 inflicted horses linked to Utah cutting;
suspect case from Santa Ynez trail ride proves negative

Special to the Horsetrader - May 23rd, 2011

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Food and Agriculture confirmed Sunday the list of California Equine Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) cases caused by the EHV-1 virus has grown to 17, including the first reported cases in Southern California.

All but one of the 17 confirmed cases participated in the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships April 29-May 8 in Ogden, Utah, according to the CDFA. The only EHM case not involving a horse that participated at the Utah cutting show was a horse that had participated in the subsequent May 13 cutting in Bakersfield at the Kern County Fairgrounds, the report said.

A mare that did not particpate in either of the cuttings yet exhibited signs of EHM was subject of an investigation by Anmal Health Branch veterinarians who determined she did not have the same strain of virus as the horses in the confirmed cases. The mare, a participant in the Rancheros Vistadores ride in Santa Ynez May 5 – 12, reportedly exhibited neurological signs compatible with a number of equine diseases or conditions, but three sets of nasal swabs and blood testing on this mare indicated she was negative for the mutant strain of EHV-1 that causes EHM. Instead, she tested positive for a more common strain of EHV-1 that most frequently causes respiratory signs and on rare occasion causes neurological signs.

California reports counties with EHV-1 cases

All NCHA events May 20-22 cancelled as precaution;
Western States Horse Expo, PtHA World still on schedule

Special to the Horsetrader - May 19th, 2011

SACRAMENTO — Six states and western Canada have reported cases of the EHV-1 virus since an alert spread this week, but officials are optimistic that awareness and good practices by horse owners will prevent an epidemic or a widespread cancellation of events into June.

Horse with equine herpes symptoms euthanized

Two others at Bakersfield cutting confirmed positive; vets call for quarantine

Special to the Horsetrader - May 19th, 2011

SACRAMENTO — Veterinarians are recommending a three- to four-week quarantine after one horse was euthanized and two other ill horses at a Bakersfield cutting event have tested positive with Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1).

The University of California Davis reported at least two California confirmed cases of EHV-1 infection in horses that had recently competed at the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship Show in Ogden, Utah, and then traveled to the Kern County Fairgrounds. One horse was transported from Bakersfield to the isolation facility at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Another horse that attended the Ogden show was also sent to UC Davis. Both of these horses have been confirmed as positive for EHV-1. In addition, at least four additional horses in various areas of Northern California have been confirmed as positive for EHV-1.

During the past week in Colorado, there have been at least two confirmed cases of equine herpes-1 infection in horses that competed at the NCHA show in Odgen.

The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) at UC Davis operates an isolation facility that was designed specifically to allow us to provide the best possible care to horses with infectious diseases such as EHV-1, while completely segregating them from other hospitalized horses and outpatients. The isolation facility is located a substantial distance from the main hospital, utilizes a dedicated group of staff and employs rigid infectious disease control and containment protocols that prevent other horses from becoming exposed. Currently, the two horses mentioned above are being treated under maximum isolation. These horses have no contact with other horses at the hospital. Because of the presence of EHV-1 in the community, the VMTH is taking every precaution to prevent EHV-1 entry into the general hospital. Every horse admitted to the hospital is being tested for EHV-1 and full biosecurity precautions are in force during the next few weeks as necessary.
Equine herpesvirus is a common virus of horses worldwide, and can cause respiratory disease, abortions, and less commonly neurologic signs as it has in these cases. It is transmitted by aerosol and close contact between horses, including fomites such as shared tack, equipment and by human hands. Though there are vaccines available for prevention of respiratory disease and abortions caused by equine herpesvirus, there are currently none that are labeled for prevention of the neurologic form of the disease.

Officials at the VMTH urge horse owners to contact their veterinarian if their horse may have been exposed to EHV-1 at one of these shows or through contact with a horse that has returned from one of these events. In general, exposed horses should be isolated and have their temperatures monitored twice daily. If an exposed horse develops a fever, diagnostic testing of nasal swabs and blood should be performed. Consideration should be given to vaccination of resident, non-exposed horses on premises where potentially exposed horses are returning to, as per the veterinarian’s guidelines.

For a comprehensive fact sheet on EHV-1, click here.

Cal gal is first woman to 1,000 QH race wins

From the Newstrader - April 7th, 2011
Janet (Newcomb) Van Bebber…first 1,000-win woman trainer

Janet (Newcomb) Van Bebber… first 1,000-win woman trainer

BOSSIER CITY, LA – Southern California horsewoman Janet (Newcomb) Van Bebber made history March 15th when the former youth champion in the show ring became the only woman trainer in Quarter Horse history to have won 1,000 races.

Van Bebber, daughter of well-known judge Judy Wright and sister of veterinarian Dr. John Newcomb of San Diego County, notched her milestone win at Louisiana Downs with Playthegame Withease, owned by Robert Latham. She accomplished the feat as a single mother, raising her daughter, 13-year-old Taylor, and training race horses on her own since her husband, Steve, died in late 2000.

USEFYou don’t have to be a record-setting quarterback, point guard or track star to letter in high school sports anymore. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is writing a new chapter in the recognition of high school sports — one that honors Equestrian athletes. The USEF’s High School Equestrian Athlete program will offer specially designed emblems and pins, exclusively for equestrian athletes in grades 9-12.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) director Bob Abbey announced Feb. 24 that less mustangs will be removed from the range and more mustang mares will receive anti-fertility treatment under a new BLM management strategy plan.

The plan calls for the BLM to reduce the number of wild horses slated for removal during the next two years from 10,000 to 7,600, unless conditions such as drought or other emergencies require removing more animals. In addition, the BLM will treat more mares with the contraceptive porcine zona pellucida (PZP). Injected as a liquid or fed in pellet form to fertile mares aged 4 to 20 years, a single PZP vaccination renders treated mares infertile for 22 months.

Whether you were one of the standing room-only crowds for the nightly Extreme Cowboy Race or an attendee to any of the popular clinician presentations, you had to sense the popularity of the 2011 Equine Affaire at the Fairplex Feb. 3-6. There was no better barometer for economic activity than the trade show, which left many of the hundreds of traditional vendors content with a successful show. Here are some snapshots.