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Kathy Patterson..................28 Equine Piroplasmosis .......28 OQHA News....................29 AREA 3 News..................30 EOQHA News..................31

QROOI News...................32 ORC Budget.....................32 North East Rodeo .............33 AQHA Reports.................33 AQHA..............................35

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose

“Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Marnie Somers, President (204) 834-2479 or email:

Kathy Patterson elected to AQHA Board of Directors By: Lynda Harrison Sisson

people have been very well represented at AQHA’s highest levels by Directors for Ontario working hard to bring much deserved credit to the Quarter Horse indus- try in the province.

With the election of Kathy Patterson to the AQHA Board of Directors it can be determined that Ontario’s interests will con- tinue to be very well served.

Kathy’s roots are deep in both the horse world and in Perth County (south- western Ontario) where she was born and continues to live.

She explains: “I grew up in rural Ontario on the farm that my great grandfa- ther built with the aid of a team of draft horses. As time passed, his son, my grand- father, continued to expand the family farm and the number of horses they owned. My father grew up training these horses and the four hundred acre farm had turned into ‘Bar L Ranch’ by the time I was born. Although branding cattle and moving them on horseback was not popular on fenced farms in eastern Canada, my dad still pursued his cowboy ways. The cow-

For many years Ontario Quarter horse

calf beef operation provided us with the opportunity to learn to gather and sort cattle on horseback and participate in limited amounts of roping, branding, castrating and dehorning calves. We were often joined by other people who shared my dad’s enthusi- asms. I wish I remembered more of the names, but I do remember that LeRoy Kufske and Archie McArthur were two of them.

in our area. Eventually we sought out the Quarter Horse shows that we could travel to, show and return home at night for chores. My mother and brother rode as well but usually were the ones who volun- teered to stay home and manage the ‘Ranch’.

After researching and traveling to many out of province tack shops and horse farms, my father’s search for better quality riding horses with ‘cow savvy’ ended with the purchase of the family’s first registered Quarter Horse in1962. ‘Vanity Sue’ was a Texas born cutting mare that had made her way to Michigan and now to Ontario, in foal to ‘Charley Siringo’. She produced a buckskin filly that would become the first of many foals and my very first registered American Quarter Horse.”

She continues: “My life with Quarter horses continued from that time on and my father’s dreams became mine as well. We took our horses to parades, local fairs and then began showing at saddle clubs and open horse shows that started sprouting up

In 1975, after I graduated from Mitchell District High School, my parents offered me a chance to share in my dad’s retirement plan, which was to build an indoor arena and horse training facility. I began giving lessons there and newlyweds, Craig and Sharon Black, came to live on the farm and Craig became our first trainer. Their daughter, Sherry, was born during the time they lived here”.

Kathy married Dan in 1980 and both of them are justifiably proud of their daugh- ter, Megan. After a stellar career as a Youth Exhibitor, Megan attended the Uni- versity of Guelph and is a recent graduate with Honors in History and Studio Arts. Megan is also serving as Ring Steward at many Quarter Horse Shows.

Together, the family operate their 100 acre, Twin Bells Ranch, where they board, train, show, instruct and coach students

Equine Piroplasmosis Learn about this horse disease and how to prevent it.

The American Quarter Horse Journal — It is a disease that lurks in a horse’s blood, with tiny protozoa attacking red blood cells. Equine piroplasmosis is common in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world, including parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, but is considered a foreign disease in the United States, and efforts are underway to keep it that way.

chronic carrier.”

EP is transmitted from horse to horse through blood contact.

Currently racetracks in 11 states require negative piroplasmosis tests before horses are allowed onto the backside. Beginning July 1, all horses entering the grounds for any AQHA world champi- onship show will also be required to pre- sent a negative certificate dated within six months.

“As the industry leader, AQHA needs to be vigilant and establish testing requirements to ensure any case of equine piroplasmosis can’t be traced back to an AQHA event,” said Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of competition and breed integrity. “We’re encouraging all exhibitors to contact their veterinarians to schedule these tests. If the tests are completed around the second week of July, that horse will be eligible to show at the youth, select and open/amateur world without requiring another test.”


Equine piroplasmosis is a blood- borne protozoal infection. There are two different protozoa involved, named Babesia caballi and Theileria equi. “The parasite attaches to the red blood cells, the body recognizes there’s something wrong with that blood cell so it takes it out of circulation,” explained New Mexico State Veterinarian Dr. Dave Fly. “This bug’s growing on the blood cells, the spleen and liver are grabbing those blood cells trying to take them out so you go into what is called a hemolytic crisis. Animals can die, or they survive the acute phase and come out the other end as a

“There are three populations of EP that we’re concerned with right now in the U.S.,” said Oklahoma State Veterinarian Dr. Becky Brewer-Walker. “They include the natural transmission via ticks and a small percentage of horses imported into the United States prior to changes in required testing protocol. However, the area of greatest concern is iatrogenic spread, or by people. We are seeing a spread of the disease to a large extent in Quarter Horse racehorses and some Thor- oughbreds. These cases are almost all due to risky practices and poor biosecurity, disease spread horse to horse by the man- agement of the people.”

If your horse is with a trainer, make sure he or she is following proper biosecu- rity protocols.

Test your horses. The tests are sim- ple blood tests, similar to a Coggin’s test. A test needs to be done for each protozoa, for a total of two tests. For a list of approved labs, visit APHIS.

Symptoms of the disease vary wide- ly. A case can be so mild the symptoms are never even recognized, or the horse can develop a fever and appear “off.” More severe symptoms include anemia, jaundice and even death. This is why test- ing for the disease is so important. If a horse is positive, the only options currently available are permanent quarantine or euthanasia. Positive horses are still allowed to be bred via artificial insemination.


EP is easy to prevent if caution is used to prevent blood transmission between horses. Here are tips to prevent your horses from falling prey to this disease:

Know the rules before you go. Before traveling, make sure you know what the testing requirements are at your destination. Don’t just check a website - call for the most up-to-date information. The United States is currently con- sidered EP-free. Recent natural outbreaks have been thoroughly researched and con- trolled to prevent native tick populations from becoming a reservoir for the disease, but it is possible that, without proactive measures, the disease could gain a foothold. If that happened, and the United States were to lose its EP-free status, there would be many more testing regulations required, including for horses being exported for competition, sale or breeding. This would place an added burden on the horse industry as a whole.

AQHA and the American Quarter Horse industry has chosen to be proactive to keep the horse population healthier and make sure the disease remains foreign to the United States.

while caring for the 20 - 25 Quar- ters Horses that live there. Twin Bells Ranch is particu- larly well known for the top quali- ty Summer Riding Camps they conduct. For the past 20 years the Patterson family have coordinated a summer day camp program with the YMCA, in Stratford, provid- ing many children with their first hands on horse experience. The ‘Ranch’ also offers instruction to students with mental and physical challenges and has worked with the Community Liv- ing Association to accommodate their special abilities.

Kathy has been very pleased to find that many of their students and campers from the Ranch’s early years are now sending their own children to experience the fun and learning that they’d enjoyed.

But, Kathy Patterson’s involvement with the horse indus- try has always been much more than just the family business. From her membership in 4H as a Youth member to Group Leader, her involvement as a vol- unteer in all areas of the horse world has been tireless and long standing.

AQHA Youth Committee where she has continued to serve until the present time.

A major volunteer for the Youth World Cup Show, in Lon- don, Ontario, in 2008, she was the Show Manager for this very suc- cessful event.

Awards she has received, include the Ontario Equestrian Federation ‘People Make A Dif- ference Award’ (in 2004) and the AQHA Award for ‘Most Valuable Professional’ (in 2008) from OQHA.

An adult member of OQHA, since 1975, Patterson has served on a number of its Committees and was a member of the OQHA Board of Directors for nine years. Youth Advisor for Ontario, continuously, since 2001, she has worked hard to advance the many ideals of the OQHYA and has cer- tainly improved its many pro- grams.

Her work did not go unno- ticed and in 2004 she was appointed, by AQHA, to the

As she begins her responsi- bilities as an AQHA Director, Kathy Patterson expects to contin- ue on the Youth Committee and, a Professional Horseman, herself, she hopes to encourage more of Ontario’s trainers to join this group. Of course, she will also act as a liaison with individual Quarter Horse owners and AQHA.

Given her extensive back- ground experience, Kathy Patter- son is an excellent choice for AQHA Director from Ontario and the province’s Quarter Horse community will continue to be very well served at the AQHA Board of Directors.

Use commercial products to spray for ticks around the barn and pastures and lessen the population. Inspect horses regu- larly for ticks to remove them before they bite.

Don’t reuse needles, syringes or administration sets.

Ensure that dental floats, tattoo equipment and other common equipment that might transfer blood is scrubbed and cleaned before and after each use.

“I would like to see this go away, and I applaud the Quarter Horse industry for taking a stance,” said Dr. Fly. “I do believe we’re in a position where if this country takes a stand and starts looking, we can push this disease back out of this country and not let it get established. But it’s going to take some work on every- body’s part. If we don’t, we’re going to wake up one day and be living with it, just like Europe, and I think that’s a huge trav- esty.”

AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journal or America’s Horse, visit AQHA Publications.

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