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Saddlebred dies of EHV-1 in L.A. County

Returned Oct. 30 from Las Vegas horse show

From Horsetrader staff reports - November 4th, 2016

BURBANK — State officials confirmed Nov. 4 that two ill horses at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center have tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) after they had returned Oct. 30 from a horse show in Las Vegas, Nev.
One of the horses, a 5-year-old Saddlebred,horse in stall was euthanized Nov. 3 because of the severity of its clinical signs, the California Department of Food and Agriculture reported.
Out of an abundance of caution, the CDFA has issued a quarantine for exposed horses at the facility and has implemented enhanced biosecurity measures. All exposed horses will have temperatures taken twice daily and will be observed for clinical signs compatible with EHV.
While the CDFA investigates the source of the virus and monitors for any potential spread, officials and L.A. Equestrian Center staff encourage owners of horses exposed to the area to follow basic protocols in the days ahead:

Stories of Summer

By Pam Maley / for the Horsetrader - August 4th, 2016

A Father-Daughter Bond
Petite and sweet-natured — and at the same time, powerful and competitive — Josephina Nor Lantzman is a truly elegant rider. Known as Phina, she has worked with a number of trainers, but she says that her father, Fabio Nor, is the best coach a daughter could have. Together, they seem to be able to bring out the potential greatness in a horse.

Fabio has a strong history in the racing industry, and it was at the racetrack that a very young Phina got her first ride — on an exercise pony, in the stall. She was two years old, and Fabio says that he knew then that she had a special gift with horses. When asked what is her favorite thing about them, she says, “Their smell, their eyes . . . everything about them. I just love them.”

Beach Slide

CRHA Aug. 3 show hits Huntington Beach

From Horsetrader staff - August 21st, 2014

Rebecca Armour and San Cielo Ray went home from the CRHA Slide On The Beach reining event on Aug. 3 with four titles, including the Non Pro championship.

Rebecca Armour and San Cielo Ray went home from the CRHA Slide On The Beach reining event on Aug. 3 with four titles, including the Non Pro championship.

Roberta McCarty photo

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Like the weather, reining competition heats up in the summer, so the California Reinng Horse Association took its schedule to the beach for an Aug. 3 show at the Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center.

The headliner was non-pro Rebecca Armour, who took her San Cielo Ray to titles in Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro and Novice Horse Non Pro divisions. Monica Albair was judge at the one-day event, which also had Jack and Linda Baker qualifying classes.

The next CRHA event will be the big one — The Challenge, scheduled Oct. 22-26 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

MORE INFO: www.calreining.com

My colt refuses to trot with me…help!

By RAY ARISS - Horsetrader columnist - October 3rd, 2013

HEY RAY: I own a big 3-year-old Friesian colt that will not trot next to me when asked. He either drags behind me at the walk or when pushed will erupt into a dead-run—kicking, rearing and playing while dragging me. I’d like to show him in halter, but I’m afraid he’ll get away and hurt himself or someone.
—Jacquelyn Anderson, Fresno

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) on March 6 introduced the Equine Tax Parity Act (H.R. 998), which would make horses eligible for capital gains treatment after 12 months, rather than 24, similar to other business assets.

Special ‘K’

Karazissis can't be denied in $10,000 Hunter Prix win as circuit hits the mid-point

Special to the Horsetrader - February 21st, 2013

THERMAL — It was a rewarding day for hunter riders in Thermal, as Desert Circuit III wound to a close with two big-money competitions on Sunday, which marked the conclusion of the first half of the 2013 HITS Desert Circuit.

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.