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National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) 2015 Equine Study

The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), a non-regulatory division of USDA–APHIS–VS, in collaboration with the National Agricultural Statistics Service is planning for the Equine 2015 study, NAHMS third national study of the equine industry. The survey is scheduled to begin in summer 2015. USDA is eager to include the input of all equestrians in order to be able to address specific needs and information gaps in the equine industry. Stakeholder input will be collected throughout the remainder of 2013 to help determine the objectives of the study. As a preliminary step before starting the actual study, USDA is surveying equestrians to find out what information the equestrian community would like to know about the equine industry and what would prompt equine owners to participate in this national study?  Readers are encouraged to provide such input by completing a 5-minute survey.  Surveys must be completed by December 31, 2013. Click here for results of previous NAHMS studies of the equine industry. Comments and questions can be directed to Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz at 970-494-7261...

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Rider rescued from Patapsco Valley with new state-of-the-art hoist

According to the Carroll County Times, on Thursday, November 14, the Maryland State Police used a rescue hoist from one of its new Agusta AW-139 helicopters to extricate a female horseback rider who suffered a head injury from a remote area of Patapsco Valley State Park near Sykesville Thursday. Click here to read the rest of the article by S. Wayne Carter Jr. The rider, whose name has not been released, was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma. We do not know her condition, nor do we know the condition of her horse. Any of our readers with additional information can contact editor@equiery.com or call us at 1-800-244-9580. According to CCT, this was the first rescue using the hoist equipment on the new helicopter, which works much faster (two to three times as fast) than old helicopter...

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November Equiery News Headlines

Now available online or in a tack or feed store near you, the November Equiery includes: Review of Cavalia’s Odysseo and opening night Barrels and barrels of photos of Maryland western riders! Lots of beautiful Maryland brides! Anne Arundel Honors Phil & Alice Dibben Race Writer & Maryland Favorite Son Vinnie Perrone’s new documentary on MPTV Latest on Ag Regs The latest on that crazy Rain Tax! EPA lawsuits that affect horse people Maryland Horse Council annual report A profile on Equiery award winner Kelsey McArthur And boy, were we busy in October!  The Equiery was Out & About at The MHC BBQ The Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs The Thoroughbred Makeover and Symposium Plus, get your Holiday Shopping started now!   Check out all the holiday gifts and deals featured throughout the issue. *************** Missed getting your ad in the November issue, but need to sell something NOW? No worries! We can put your classified ad online right away!  Call today!...

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Baltimore A-rabber Update

An October 24, 2013 article by Joanthan Pitts in The Baltimore Sun reports on the reopening of a revitalized and refurbished A-rabber stable in Baltimore City, owned by Dorothy Jones. In the article, Pitts reports that these colorful Baltimore street vendors are beginning to accept and comply with the city’s requirement to microchip their cart ponies. ******* Attention Equiery Facebook Followers! Find and tag yourself and your friends! Hundreds of photos now posted from these events: Opening Night of Cavalia’s Odysseo, featuring a Who’s Who from the Maryland equestrian community! Fair Hill International  Washington International Barn...

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Maryland Million Day Headlines

The headline-makers for 2013 Maryland Million: Sylvia E. Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch led from start to finish and won the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic for the second time in the past three years Richard F. Blue’s Tooth and Claw was the last one on the scene, rallying from last to win the $50,000 Maryland Million Starter Handicap at Laurel Park. Ellendale Racing’s Roadhog caught even money favorite Ben’s Cat in the final jumps to repeat as winner of the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf. If you missed the action, click here to read all about these and the other race winners, and see tons of fabulous photos. In the meantime, there was another winners’ circle presentation. Stuart S. Janney III, the Baltimore County resident whose horse, Orb, won the 2013 Kentucky Derby, received the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s October Touch of Class Award.. Jenn Patterson, Orb’s exercise rider and chief caretaker, accepted the award on Janney’s behalf. Patterson manages a string of horses, including Orb, who are stabled at Maryland’s Fair Hill Training Center and are owned by Janney and his cousin, Ogden Phipps. “It is fitting that we present this award to Stuart at the Maryland Million since he is a former president of the organization,” said Jim Steele, who is chairman of both the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the executive committee of the Maryland Million. Orb won four straight...

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Hold Order Placed On Barn 16 At Bowie Training Center Due To Suspected Case Of Equine Herpesvirus

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, the Maryland Jockey Club placed a hold order on Barn 16 at the Bowie Training Center is proactive precautionary measure, although the preliminary test came up negative. The tested horse, Clonmeen Lass, was euthanized Saturday morning. The Maryland Department of Agriculture is waiting for results from a lab in Kentucky, and MJC expects to know Tuesday evening, Sept. 24 or Wednesday morning, Sept. 25. According to an official statement by the Maryland Jockey Club, the Hold Order affects the barn that houses horses trained by Annette Eubanks, Bobby Lee Plummer and Patrick Magill. Horses conditioned by those trainers are not allowed into or out of the barn until given clearance by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. There will be 24-hour security outside the barn. Anyone leaving the barn needs is being required to follow best management practices for bio-security, including changing clothes and disinfect feet and footwear. According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners: Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and equine herpesvirus type 4 (EHV-4) can each infect the respiratory tract, causing disease that varies in severity from sub-clinical to severe and is characterized by fever, lethargy, anorexia, nasal discharge, and cough. Infection of the respiratory tract with EHV-1 and EHV-4 typically first occurs in foals in the first weeks or months of life, but recurrent or recrudescent clinically apparent infections are seen...

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