A U.S. Department of Agriculture report released May 26 placed the number of horses infected by the outbreak of equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy, the neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), at 75 confirmed cases. Of those 75 cases, 58 involve horses that attended the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship in Ogden, Utah, April 29-May 9. The virus has now been reported in nine U.S. states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington and Nevada. As of May 26, 11 horses have died, and there are 15 new premises with suspected or confirmed cases.
In addition to the horse trials at the Colorado Horse Park CCI and Horse Trials and the June High Prairie Dressage, the following U.S. Equestrian Federation competitions have now been cancelled: Pacific Northwest Springtime Morgan (Wash.), May 27-29; Central Coast Dressage (Calif.), June 11-12; Dressage At Spirit Equestrian (Calif.), June 4-5; Dressage In The Plains I & II (Colo.), May 27-28; Montana Arabian Horse Association (June 1-5); Sandia Classic (N.M.), June 1-5; Sandia II (N.M.), June 8-12; Show-Me Especial Multi-Breed Gaited Horse Show (Kan.), June 4-5; Comstock Arabian Desert Spring I & II (Nev.), May 28-29; Gold Creek Equestrian Center May (Wash.), May 28.
Officials decided to reschedule the Memorial Day Classic Horse Show’s $25,000 Memorial Day Classic Grand Prix and $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, May 26-30 in Burbank, Calif., but they have not yet announced new dates for the events. All other classes at the show ran as scheduled.
Seven other events have been rescheduled, including the Arrowhead Horse Trials (Mont.), May 28-29, which will now be held July 16-17; Spring Coconino Horse Trials (Ariz.), June 4-5, now held Sept. 17-18 and Coconino Dressage Show, June 4-5, will also be held Sept. 17-18. Dressage In June (Calif.), which was scheduled for June 3-5, will now be held July 23-24.