NEWS &VIEWS You Can Use Dodging a Herpes Crisis

Due to protocols instituted about ten years ago at the insistence of Maryland’s horse in- dustry, the state successfully averted a Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) crisis in April. On April 2, a horse exhibiting severe neu-

rological signs was transported from its home stable of En-Tice-Ment Stables at Obligation Farm in Anne Arundel County to the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Health Center in Lees- burg, where it was euthanized shortly after ar- rival. Diagnosis of EHV-1 was confi rmed on April 4, by the Virginia Department of Agri- culture and Consumer Services’ Animal Health Lab in Warrenton, VA. (In Maryland, lab tests for EHV-1 are generally confi rmed the same day because of Maryland’s state-of-the-art testing equipment). Obligation Farm immediately and voluntarily

went under a 21-day investigational hold with strict biosecurity measures while Department of Agriculture inspectors perform additional epidemiological and infectious disease testing. En-Tice-Ment immediately issued detailed information to the general public via its Face- book page, noting precisely where the horse had been recently, down to the stall numbers

Getting social with The Equiery!

Facebook ( eEquiery) All disciplines seem to be going

full throttle in Maryland this month, and with that comes the good and the bad, as can be seen in our Top Five Facebook posts for April! First AND second place, with

reaches of 15,100 and 8,100 fol- lowers respectively, came warning information about, and cancella- tion information as a result of, the EHV-1 death of a horse at Obliga- tion Farm in Anne Arundel Coun- ty, posted on 4/4. One of the risks of taking horses on the road is the possibility of contracting illnesses from other horses and we applaud the horse’s owners, Belfi eld Farm Show Management, and the MDA, who all acted very responsibly in response of this equine health crisis. Another highlight of spring in Maryland...steeplechasing!! T e third place post was our cover photo by Katherine Rizzo of leadline jockey, Adrian Rodrieguez, showing fi ne form on Olney Lightning Bug at the Fair Hill Point-to-Point. T is post from 4/14 had a reach of 5,900 Facebook followers.

Breeding season is in full swing in Maryland in April, so it is no sur- prise that our post about foaling tips post from Marion DuPont Scott (Virginia Tech) on 4/13 hit the fourth place billboard spot with a reach of 4,200. International Gold Cup (VA) winner, Don Reuwer’s Grand

Manan, made the press last month as well; the Baltimore Sun in- terviewed trainer Billy Meister about this somewhat rogue horse who seems to have fi nally found a job he loves in timber racing. T is post from 4/15 reached 3,000 Facebook viewers and fi nished out our Top Five! We fi nished the month with 7,367 loyal fans of T e Equiery on

Facebook, and are quickly moving toward our goal of 7,500 by the Preakness!!

Twitter (@equiery) Although spring technically gets started in March, spring

activities here in Maryland really get going in April, and boy did they get going! Our twitter account was chirping with horse trials, racing and all kinds of out door activities. From Marilyn Little winning the CIC3* at T e Fork, to harness racing at Rosecroft, there was a lot to cover! Topping our twitter list of popular posts was a short video posted

on April 13 by @LaurelPark of the very popular Ben’s Cat getting a bath after a morning work out. In second, though not horse-related but certainly Maryland-related, was the April 19 post by @StephenSchatz

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at a local show. In a proactive and cautious move, management of the 2017 Maryland National Horse Show [Belfi eld Farm Show Management], which was to be held April 6-9, canceled the show. By Friday, April 7, 2017, with no new cas-

es, the Maryland Department of Agriculture considered the virus contained. According to Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh, “We have no reason to believe that the disease has spread beyond this specifi c farm. Horses are latent carriers of the EHV-1 virus, and under certain conditions, horses will break out with this disease. In Maryland; we experi- ence a few isolated cases of EHV-1 every year.” T e Equiery commends En-Tice-Ment Stables at Obligation Farm for their ethical yet never- theless courageous decision to be forthright in announcing that the horse referenced in the Maryland State equine health alert was from their farm, and doing what they could publicly to be good stewards and proactive in ensuring that this equine heath emergency situation did not inadvertently morph into a crisis.

Will FHI be a CCI 4-Star? On Tuesday, April 18, the United States

Equestrian Federation (USEF) sent a delega- tion to the Fair Hill Natural Resource Man- agement Area (Fair Hill) for a long-anticipated site visit to evaluate the potential of this state- owned land to serve as only the second four-star rated (the highest possible level) international “T e Concours Complet International” (CCI) event in the nation. T e other site under con- sideration by the USEF is T e Great Meadow in T e Plains, Virginia. Once the USEF selects a site, then the USEF has to submit the site to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) for approval. If approved, Der- rick di Grazia is being considered to design an all new cross-country course, in a location diff erent from where the three-star is currently located, which means that the current competi- tion schedule could continue as planned. If Fair Hill is developed as an international four-star, it could open avenues for other new equestrian events, such as a Grand Prix or more turf racing. Offi cials project that it will cost about $23 million to develop the facility to the standards of an international four-star, with the antici- pated increased activity paying for those costs


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