EHV-1 Reported in Ocala; World Equestrian Center Halts Ship-Ins

first_imgMarch 8 UPDATE: Three possible cases of EHV-1 have been connected to Barn D at WEC. On Saturday, March 6, a horse in Barn D with a high fever was removed from the show grounds and transported to the University of Florida for testing. Previously, two other horses originating from Chestnut Hill Farm in Ocala that had been stabled in Barn D developed high fevers after leaving the WEC property and have since tested positive for EHV-1.***World Equestrian Center – Ocala management has been made aware that a horse in the Ocala area has tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1). The infected horse is an 8-year-old Warmblood mare at a boarding facility in Marion County. There have been no positive cases at World Equestrian Center – Ocala but out of an abundance of caution, management has issued increased biosecurity measures and the following to keep showing horses safe:Effective immediately, World Equestrian Center – Ocala will no longer permit ship-in horses to the propertyNo new entries travelling from other events in Florida will be accepted including the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) , HITS, Venice or the Ridge.All World Equestrian Center – Ocala stabling areas will be strictly limited to essential personnel – riders, trainers, grooms, vets and farriers. No non-essential people will be admitted to the stabling areas.WEC management recommends that all exhibitors follow a heightened hygiene protocol adding extra precautions to prevent any issues from arising at the horse show:Take temperatures of all horses twice daily and maintain a log.Isolate any horse exhibiting symptoms or illness and report any cases to the show veterinarian and horse show management. Horses with symptoms will be moved to an on-site isolation area.We recommend no sharing of equipment between horses including feed and water buckets.Handlers should wash hands in between handling horses and maintain proper biosecurity protocols in the barn.Maintain distancing between horses at the ring and in the barn. No nose-to-nose contact between horses.WEC – Ocala will continue to observe proper biosecurity protocols and disinfect the barns and property on a regular basis. All stalls are fully disinfected weekly as they are turned over between barns. At this time, events will continue as scheduled.The FEI announced March 1 that competition has been cancelled until March 28 in 10 European countries including France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia due to the outbreak of the equine herpes virus.So far no cases of EHV-1 have been reported at other area showgrounds including Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), HITS Ocala or the Turf Tour.~ with files from WEC-Ocala Tags: EHV-1, World Equestrian Center Ocala, WEC – Ocala, More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Email*last_img

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