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Laurel Park Quarantine Lifted

The Maryland Jockey Club announced on January 23 that the quarantine on Barn 20 was lifted after the second test on English Tudor came back negative for Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). English Tudor had tested positive on January 19 and the Laurel Park barn were he had been stabled was put under restrictions. All restrictions have been lifted allowing horses in that barn to train and race. In addition, the self-imposed quarantine at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center has also been...

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Equiery Transfers To New Ownership

After 27 Years, Equiery Publisher/Editor Crystal Brumme Pickett Retires Happy New Year, Equiery fans, followers, readers and clients! When the clock struck 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2018, the Maryland Horse Council officially became the new owner and publisher of The Equiery. The January 2018 Equiery was the last issue to go to press under my stewardship, and to say the end of 2017 was  bittersweet is an understatement. 1990: A Foal is Born I was 24 and Mercedes Clemens was 23 when we shared a moment of frustration followed by the eureka moment. Each of us was looking for a new stable; each was frustrated that, in 1990 at the dawn of the information age, there was no central source of Maryland equine-business information. We realized that if we needed the information, others did too, that we were immediately struck with the vision of how to solve what was clearly a common frustration. And thus was born The Equiery: “equi” the Latin root for horse; “ery” the Latin suffix for “a collection of” and for “a place to buy and sell.” We created a new word, we trademarked it, and we were off to the proverbial races. That was September. By December 1990, our first issue of 12 pages was in almost every tack and feed store in central Maryland. In that issue, we pledged “to be your guide to...

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Laurel Park Barn Placed Under Restrictions

On Saturday, January 20, the Maryland Jockey Club released a statement stating that some restrictions on shipping in-and-out of Laurel Park have been put in place. According to MJC, Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, said that a horse who shipped to Laurel had tested positive for the EHV-1 virus. The horse has been removed from the grounds but the barn he was stabled in has been placed under quarantine. The horse will be tested off property again Tuesday. If the horse tests negative restrictions will be lifted immediately. If he tests positive again, the restrictions will remain in place until January 30. “We’re asking horsemen in other states and at training centers to check their policies before entering,” Sinatra said. Later that day, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association posted the following statement: Barn 20 at Laurel Park was placed under quarantine by the Maryland Department of Agriculture Jan. 19 after a horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1. The horse, English Tudor, was removed from the grounds, according to Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra, and biosecurity measures have been put in place. English Tudor—trained by Anthony Aguirre, who recently got him from King Leatherbury—was tested because of a recent visit to the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center, where he was gelded. The test was precautionary because New Bolton recently ordered a quarantine...

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Baltimore County Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpes Virus

This afternoon, Thursday, January 18, 2018, the Maryland Department of Agriculture announced that a Baltimore County horse  was euthanized at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center on Tuesday, January 16 after testing positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The horse was originally transported to the facility for an unrelated medical issue. The horse began displaying neurological symptoms on January 14. According to MDA, the Baltimore County farm of origin is presently under a 21-day investigational hold and strict biosecurity measures are in place while Maryland Department of Agriculture inspectors perform additional epidemiological and infectious disease testing. The Maryland and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture are working with the University of Pennsylvania to establish and notify epidemiologic links to the sick horse. Owners are cautioned to monitor horses at their premises carefully, and should contact their private veterinarians to arrange for Equine Herpes Virus testing if a horse exhibits significant temperature elevations or neurologic signs. Veterinarians are required to report equine neurologic syndrome to the...

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Inaugural Area II New Event Horse Champs Set in Maryland

First published in the January 2018 Equiery In addition to its recognized horse trials and three-day events, the U.S. Eventing Association offers a series of tests for young horses. Most people have already heard of the Future Event Horse (yearlings through three-year-olds) and Young Event Horse (four and five-year-olds) programs, both of which have year-end championships with competitions held across the country. Not many people, however, have heard of the New Event Horse Tests, which are designed to be an introduction to the sport of Eventing for horses of any age. Similar to the YEH tests, the NEH tests...

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Have you heard about the latest advances in regenerative medicine therapy?

with Jennifer G. Barrett, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR, Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery, World Expert in Regenerative Medicine Since discovery of stem cells in the 1950’s, unexpected advances have been made. Adult stem cells (including bone marrow, adipose, umbilical cord blood and others) function as a pool of resting cells that are capable of fighting inflammation, assisting in healing, and forming new tissue. Contrary to previous theory that only bone marrow could be a source of stem cells, almost every tissue has a storehouse of stem cells in it. Currently, adult stem cells are being used to...

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