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Temecula Cowgirls join list of 17 equestrian units selected for 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade


ASADENA—The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has selected 17 equestri-

an groups to ride in the 131st Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, and the list includes 13 units from California—including the Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country (California Horsetrader article, August issue). Presented by Honda, this

year’s parade theme is “The Power of Hope,” and equestrians participating in the Rose Parade will showcase a variety of breeds as well as unique tack and cos- tumes. All riders must have pre- vious parade riding experience. In addition to riding in the five and a half mile-long Rose Parade route on Wednesday, Jan. 1, these equestrian groups are invited to take part in Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country

During Equestfest, groups per- form trick riding, drills, dancing and roping skills, and atendees can walk through the stables and speak with the riders. In addition to the

Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country, the other dozen California-based equestrian units in the next Rose Parade will include the Arabian Horse Association (Sierra Madre), the Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team (Castaic), Buffalo Soldier Mounted Cavalry Unit (Mojave),

Knot’s Berry Farm (Buena Park), Los Hermanos Banuelos (Altadena), Mini Therapy Horses (Calabasas), Painted Ladies Rodeo Performers (Roseville), Scripps Miramar Ranch (San Diego), Spirit of the West Riders (Leona Valley), the USMC Mounted Color Guard (Barstow), and The Valley Hunt Club (Pasadena). Non-California eques-

trian units will include the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (Texas),

the Budweiser Clydesdales (Missouri), the Express Clydesdales (Oklahoma), and the Rural Media Group (Nebraska). Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country will be conducting a fund-raiser Oct. 23 at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula. For more info, go to the website Details of Parade Horse Units:


UC Davis: ‘Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome’ is not linked to catastrophic breakdowns in Thoroughbreds Warmblood Fragile Foal

AVIS—Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have

published the results of a study that investigated the frequency of the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) mutation in Thoroughbreds. The study demonstrated that the WFFS mutation is not a genetic risk factor for catastrophic break- down and is only present at a very low frequency in this breed.

Syndrome is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion, meaning that a horse needs to have two copies of the mutation to be affected. WFFS is a fatal genetic defect of connective tissue characterized by hyperex- tensible, abnormally thin, fragile skin and mucous membranes. More than 700 Thoroughbreds were tested for the WFFS muta- tion, including 22 catastrophic

breakdown fatalities. The allele frequency among all samples was 1.2 percent and the carrier rate (or horses with one copy) was 2.4 percent. None of the horses in the study had two copies of the mutation and only one of the 22 catastrophic break- down cases carried the WFFS allele.

The UC Davis Veterinary

Genetics Laboratory offers the WFFS genetic test and recom-

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mends testing for all Warmblood breeds since the carrier rate in Warmbloods is estimated to be around 9-11 percent. Since the allele was found to be present in the Thoroughbred population, albeit at a low frequency, genetic testing could eliminate the pos- sibility of breeding two carriers with the potential of producing an affected offspring. More online:

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