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Contained: Anne Arundel County Equine Herpes Virus-1

As of today, Friday, April 7, 2017, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, there have been no new cases of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) reported since April 4, when one horse stabled in Anne Arundel County tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus. The farm was placed on 21-day investigational hold when the first case was confirmed on April 4 and strict biosecurity measures are in place to ensure that no visitors or vendors carry the disease onto other farms. There has been no movement of horses on or off the farm since that date. The...

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Daisy Fenwick – A Horsewoman in the Making

(first appeared in the February 2017 issue of The Equiery) When The Equiery’s managing editor sat down with McDonough School junior Daisy Fenwick to talk about her many 2016 equestrian accomplishments, the young rider was looking very professional, having just gotten back from her morning job working for steeplechase trainer Cyril Murphy at champion owner Irv Naylor’s Maryland farm in Reisterstown, which happens to be just across the street from the Fenwick’s farm. Over the course of the next hour, Daisy answered questions about the various awards she won in 2016 and the horses that she won these awards...

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Averting an Equine Health Crisis; CANCELLED: 2017 Maryland National Horse Show

We must keep in mind the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” (Click here to read The Equiery‘s first 2017 Equine Herpes health alert.) In what is undoubtedly a proactive and cautious move, management of the 2017 Maryland National Horse Show [Belfield Farm Show Management], which was to be held this weekend, has canceled the show this evening via their Facebook page:In the best interest of our friends, trainers , exhibitors and equines we feel we need to cancel our Maryland National Horse Show. [Thursday, April 6- Sunday, April 9, 2017] The Equiery...

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Anne Arundel County Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpes Virus

THIS JUST IN FROM THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: A horse stabled in ANNE ARUNDEL County has tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). On the evening of April 2, the horse was transported to Marion DuPont Scott Equine Health Center in Leesburg, Va., where it exhibited severe neurological signs, and was euthanized shortly after arrival. Diagnosis of EHV-1 was confirmed today, April 4, by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Animal Health Lab in Warrenton, Va. The farm is presently under a 21-day investigational hold and strict biosecurity measures are in place while...

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The Hurdy Gurdy: Brett Owings and Church Music

For the 2016 season, the MSA board selected Brett Owings and Church Music as the Hurdy Gurdy winners. The pair had a stellar season, winning two out of three races. But it isn’t their wins that earned them this honor. It was their spirit and sportsmanship. “They are very deserving of this award,” said Church Music’s owner J.W.Y. “Duck” Martin, Jr., who won the Maryland Hunt Cup in 1972 aboard homebred Early Earner. “They are a foxhunting combo that also race. Foxhunting is the best way to make a timber horse. The only way to make a timber horse.”

“It is a great honor to win this award,” Brett said. “She’s a really old fashioned horse that shows the tradition of taking foxhunters and turning them into timber horses.” What makes winning this award even more special for Brett and Duck is the homebred history of the mare.

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The 2017 Maryland Legislative Session enters final phase

Yesterday, March 20, 2017, the first official day of spring, was – in the Maryland legislature – also “Crossover Date.” Crossover date is a big deal! For a bill to pass and become law, it must be approved by both chambers. If a bill fails to “cross over,” it is most probably dead for this session. Please note the equivocation on that: “most probably.” As with every rule, there is an exception: a bill could still be resurrected via “Rules.” But for a bill sponsor to do that, he or she is using up a chit, so they will...

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