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February 25, 2013

HITS Ocala Tent Still Quarantined, No New EHV-1 Cases

HITS Inc. reported today, Feb. 25, that no new cases of EHV-1 have been detected at HITS Ocala. The infected horse that was competing at the show last week continues to do very well at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville. The horse was diagnosed with the wild-type strain of the EHV-1 virus.

February 23, 2013

Horse In Wellington Tests Negative For EHV-1

A horse at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center has been tested and received a negative result for EHV-1. The horse was previously stabled in Barn 7 at the HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Fla., and due to that circumstance and an initial symptom of fever, the horse was proactively put into isolation by Equestrian Sport Productions, management company of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, where the horse is competing.

February 23, 2013

Gulf Coast Circuit Announces Bio Security Measures In Response To EHV-1 Outbreak In Ocala

Classic Company President Bob Bell has announced today, Feb. 23, that in response to the EHV1 outbreak in Ocala, Classic Company will be implementing additional biosecurity measures at the Gulf Coast Circuit in Gulfport, Miss., effective immediately.

There will be a security guard at the front gate 24 hours a day, every day, checking all horses arriving onto the Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center property.

February 23, 2013

No New EHV-1 Cases Reported At HITS Ocala

A horse competing at HITS Ocala was referred to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine after showing clinical neurological signs Feb. 20th. The horse subsequently tested positive for the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), wild-type strain. Currently, the horse is in stable condition and continues to be treated at the University of Florida. There are no additional confirmed cases at this time.

February 23, 2013

USEF Names Teams For CSIO Wellington

The following teams and riders have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation to represent the United States in Nations Cup competition during CSIO Wellington, Feb. 27-March 3. On Friday, March 1, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Club in Wellington, Fla., will host some of the best horses and riders from across the globe as they vie for top honors in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup.

February 19, 2013

New USEF Helmet Rule For Dressage Goes Into Effect Soon

The United States Equestrian Federation wishes to remind all dressage competitors of the rule change to DR120. This change goes into effect on April 1 and necessitates the usage of protective headgear by anyone mounted on the grounds at all USEF dressage competitions.
DR120 has been amended to require protective headgear as follows:

February 14, 2013

USA Equestrian Trust Grants Program Open

USA Equestrian Trust is pleased to announce IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations will have two opportunities to apply for funding in 2013 as part of the foundation's grants program. The Trust's board expanded the grants program to two periods in 2012 and awarded nearly $335,000 in grants, an increase of almost 70 percent compared to 2011.

February 13, 2013

USET Foundation Elects New Officers

At the Annual Meeting of the of the USET Foundation Board of Trustees, Saturday, Jan. 26 in Wellington, Fla., the Trustees elected Brownlee O. Currey Jr. as chairman of the board; S. Tucker S. Johnson, president and CEO; R. Bruce Duchossois, vice president; Philip E. Richter, treasurer; and Eric L. Straus, secretary. These individuals will serve as the officers of the corporation through 2014.

February 11, 2013

Gramercy Park Named WCHR Hunter Of The Year

Gramercy Park has earned the Peter Wetherill Cup as the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s 2012 World Championship Hunter Rider Program Hunter of the Year.

“Charlie,” a 9-year-old bay gelding owned by Lynn Rice, earned nearly 20 champion and reserve titles in the green working sections under Thomas Brennan last year.

Brennan, of Charles Town, W.Va., recalled how he and trainer Tony Workman first noticed Gramercy in the pre-greens at a show in Culpeper, Va.

“Lynn was on vacation. We asked her to come back early to try this attractive 5-year-old gelding.” Brennan said.

February 7, 2013

West Coast Young Talent Search Program For Dressage Launched

Cornerstone Event Management has announced a new program in partnership with sponsor Markel Insurance to identify and reward talented young horses on the West Coast, titled the Markel/Cornerstone Young Talent Search.
The Markel/Cornerstone Young Talent Search will offer over $10,000 in prize money and awards for 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses in a quest to find future stars. Each age division will contest training level, first level and second level tests, respectively. 

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