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No New Cases of EHV-1

According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, as of 9 a.m. this morning, there have been no new cases of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) reported since April 19, when two horses stabled at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus. The farm was placed on 30-day quarantine when the first case was confirmed on April 18. There has been no movement of horses on or off the farm since that date. According to MDA, the farm’s attending veterinarian and animal health inspectors from the Maryland Department of Agriculture have been closely monitoring all horses on the farm and have found no new cases of the virus. The quarantined farm has taken additional measures to prevent the spread of EHV-1 by enacting strict biosecurity protocols, helping to ensure that no visitors or vendors carry the disease onto other farms. “We have received many calls from concerned stable owners and event organizers since the original case was confirmed last month,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh. “We have no reason to believe that the disease has spread beyond this specific farm. Horses are latent carriers of the EHV-1 virus, and under certain conditions, horses will breakout with this disease. In Maryland, we experience a few isolated cases of EHV-1 every year.” Recent cancellations of equine...

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Congratulations to Mary Lisa Leffler (Rolling Acres Farm, Brookeville) and Bling Bling! After earning a win in Ocala and a win in Atlanta, the duo can now add winning the $30,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix during the Lexington (VA) Spring Premiere to their growing list of accomplishments. ... See MoreSee Less

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Trivia Tuesday #4: Reaching back 40 years to 1976, the US Bicentennial year, can you name the chef d'equipe and the riders of this #WIHS dre...

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Trivia Tuesday with Washington International Horse Show! Can you ID the riders in this photo?

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See this pony? He was safely rescued from a mud bog at Fair Hill. See the red trailer? He was loaded into this trailer within 45 minutes of the distress call to the Fair Hill Volunteer Mounted Patrol. This trailer was purchased with grant money received from the Maryland Horse Industry Board. Every time you purchase a bag of feed, 15 cents goes to the Maryland Horse Industry Board, which then turns around and reinvests it in equestrian community. Kudos to the FHVMP and to MHIB!
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See this pony? He was safely rescued from a mud bog at Fair Hill. See the red trailer? He was loaded into this trailer within 45 minutes of the distress call to the Fair Hill Volunteer Mounted Patrol. This trailer was purchased with grant money received from the Maryland Horse Industry Board. Every time you purchase a bag of feed, 15 cents goes to the Maryland Horse Industry Board, which then turns around and reinvests it in equestrian community. Kudos to the FHVMP and to MHIB!

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Brenda GrubbKudos to all the folks involved with his rescue.

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Rita CooperWhat feed or feed company is participating?

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Crawford’s Senior Senator Wins Hunt Cup, plus more from Rolex KY

Senior Senator took the lead early in the 120th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup this afternoon at Worthington Farms in Glyndon and held on till the end for the win. The six-year-old gelding by Domestic Dispute and out of Queen Kennelot, by Awesome, widened the gap between himself and the rest of the field of 13 horses by the fifth fence and kept the gap wide for most of the 22 fence race. Owned by Irvin L. Crawford and trained by Joseph G. Davies, Senior Senator only gave up the lead for a moment at the last fence as 2014 Hunt Cup winner Guts for Garters (owned by Stewart Strawbridge, trained by Sanna Neilson and ridden by Jody Petty) pull ahead. Jockey Eric Poretz pushed Senior Senator forward to take back the lead and win by less than a length. Guts for Garters settled for second place with Drift Society (Bruton Street-US) in third and Serene Harbor (Welcome Here Farm) in fourth. Rolex KY Update Meanwhile, back in Kentucky, Maryland riders headed out onto the cross-country course at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, sponsored by Land Rover. The rain throughout the day caused many riders to withdraw and those that did compete finished outside the allotted time. The closest to making the time was the overnight leader Michael Jung (Germany) with Fischerrocana...

Legislation & Regulation

Maryland Legislative March Madness!

Caroline County Sunday Hunting, Animal Crime Penalties, Arabian Racing, Open Space & Preservation, Compounding of Vet Drugs A key date in the ninety-day session of the Maryland General Assembly is “cross-over day;” this is the day that if a bill is not voted out of its original house, so that it can “cross-over” to the opposite chamber for debate, it is effectively dead for this year. 2016 cross-over day was March 21; the 2016 legislative session will officially adjourn on April 11 (also known as “sine die”), and so – as you read this, there is a rush of activity as committee chairs rush to wrap things up.  Hearings will be scheduled with much shorter notice, sometimes only a day in advance.  When there are hearings, many will allow only sponsors to orally testify (others may still make an appearance in the committee to support the sponsors and to be available for question, and may still file written testimony). So, what bills are left in play that may be of concern to our readers? Sunday Hunting: Caroline County The Maryland Horse Council is seeking to combat the flurry each year (for the last 12 years) of what are called “local courtesy bills” which expand hunting by a day or two in small, geographic regions by brokering a state-wide compromise that would ensure the...

State Agencies

Second Horse positive for Herpes

According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, another horse, also located at Days End Horse Rescue Farm in Howard County, was diagnosed with the non-neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). This second horse was tested as a result of a fever and EHV-1 diagnosis was confirmed by the Frederick Animal Health Laboratory. This second horse was euthanized for unrelated reasons. All horses that were exposed to the two positive horses are currently free of symptoms and are being monitored daily. All appear healthy. The farm will remain under quarantine to ensure the virus is contained. As of today, the Maryland Department of Agriculture believes the virus is contained to this farm and is not aware of any other EHV-1 cases in the state. The department’s Animal Health Program continues to monitor the situation closely. Owners should contact their private veterinarians to arrange for EHV testing if a horse exhibits significant temperature elevations or neurologic signs. Veterinarians are required to report equine neurologic syndrome to the Maryland Department of...
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