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HORSES TEST POSITIVE FOR EHV-1 AT NRCHA STALLION STAKES

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE HEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TWO HORSES TEST POSITIVE FOR EHV-1 THAT WERE RECENTLY AT THE NRCHA STALLION STAKES 

ONE HORSE WAS FROM CALIFORNIA, ANOTHER FROM CLARK COUNTY IN NEVADA

April 17, 2019

It’s every horse show’s nightmare when horses at their show test positive for EHV-1, the non-neurologic form of equine herpesvirus – type 1.

That recently happened at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes, held March 24-31 at the South Point Hotel and Casino horse arena in Las Vegas, Nev., when two horses that attended the recent Stallion Stakes tested positive for the disease. Officials said “All horses that were at the event had have been exposed and that their owners should use extreme caution when traveling with their equines or competing.” 

Also, the state of Nevada had reported a total of six EHV-1 positive cases in recent weeks

However, Michael and Paula Gaughn’s great horse facility was ready! With the state of Nevada reporting those six EHV-1 positive cases on March 15, officials placed the facility under quarantine when a horse tested positive for EHV-1 following the High School Rodeo Association event. Two more facilities located in Clark County were also placed under quarantine days later after two more horses tested positive.

When Nevada State Veterinarian Dr. J.J. Goicoechea urged all horse events for the weekend of March 23-24 be cancelled in order to minimize the potential for more exposures, the South Point complied, canceling a team roping that weekend in order to restrict horse movement and take extra biosecurity measures at the facility in advance of the NRCHA Stakes.

NRCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn said that the officials didn’t foresee the spread of the disease at the Stakes because they were out of the incubation period for the previous cases in Nevada and they knew of the strict cleaning procedures used at the South Point. He said they will continue to monitor the results of the tests and if necessary, would continue the cleaning protocols

Steve Stallworth, the South Point Equestrian Center’s General Manager said the Las Vegas facility has stringent protocols for the sanitation and disinfection of stalls and public areas after each of its events, saying, “Michael and Paula Gaughan, have a passion for running a clean, safe facility. The facility will continue its cleaning protocols for horses at the AQHA Level 1 World Championships, scheduled for April 17-20. The horses’ temperatures will be checked as they come into the facility and each horse will have a temperature chart and will ask the owners to take the temperatures of the horses in the morning and at night.

“We feel good that our protocols at the South Point facility are in place to not only be preventative but also in case anything does happen. If we get a feverish horse during our show, we will isolate them until the proper veterinarians look at them and determine if they’re safe to still compete.”

As editor of this article, I can assure you that I attended many events at the South Point and was there right after they implemented the preventive measures.

The NRCHA has the NRCHA Derby scheduled for June 9-16 in Paso Robles, Calif. and Winborn said the NRCHA will continue to monitor the situation and, if necessary, consider implementing additional biosecurity measures at the Derby.

According to Dr. Joe Carter, the NRCHA Veterinarian and the Animal Welfare Committee Chairman, “The respiratory, non-neurological form of EHV-1 that the horses tested positive for after the Stakes is very similar to the flu.”

He continued that EHV-1 is more common than most people realize and keeping your horse up to date on vaccines is the best line of defense, and help with many other viruses horses battle regularly.

Also, according to Stallworth, the South Point will institute temperature checks for all horses as they come in for the AQHA Level 1 World Championships, set for April 17-20 at the South Point facility, saying, “Each horse will have a temperature chart and the owners will be asked to take its temperature in the morning and night.” 

Temperature checks will also be done during the upcoming National Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas. That decision was made earlier this week following the Texas Animal Health Commission announcement that a reining horse in the state had tested positive for Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the neurologic disease linked to EHV-1, after the horse had attended an Oklahoma show.

Severe cases of EHV-1 can result in death of the horse and include nasal discharge, incoordination, hind limb weakness, loss of tail tone, lethargy, urine dribbling, head tilt and the inability to rise. They may lean against a fence or wall to maintain their balance.

  • Some of the quotes and information in this article were taken from an online article by Quarter Horse News.  

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ANIMAL ACTIVISTS HAVE A MESSAGE FOR KENTUCKY HORSE RACING!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

ANIMAL ACTIVISTS HAVE A MESSAGE FOR KENTUCKY HORSE RACING: THEY ARE WATCHING!

 

April 11, 2019

“PETA is putting Kentucky on notice,” warned a statement from Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has been protesting at Santa Anita in the wake of 23 horse deaths related to the track.

Now, PETA is turning its attention to the Bluegrass state in the wake of the death of a horse Saturday at Keeneland.

“No horses died during Santa Anita Derby weekend, which seems to show that the track’s new rules — while not as strong as PETA would have liked — are a lifesaving step. Now, all eyes will be on Kentucky, where Churchill Downs — home of the Kentucky Derby — has the second-worst death rate for horses in the country,” Guillermo said in the statement. She said PETA would attend the Churchill Downs Inc. annual shareholders meeting later this month “to question the company’s executives.”

In California, The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita as well as Pimlico, where the second jewel of the Triple Crown is run, announced a set of new rules including limiting the use of furosemide (known as Lasix) and the use of whips. Protesters demonstrated outside Santa Anita on Saturday.

“At nearby Keeneland, Thoroughbred Cathedral Reader broke a leg and was euthanized on Saturday, and today, 2-year-old horses will be made to run faster than they ever will for the rest of their lives, risking injury and death to fetch a high price at the Keeneland April Sale,” Guillermo said. “Change is overdue, and for the sake of the horses, it needs to come now.”

The April 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale is taking place this week at Keeneland, which is also the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house. Horses ran timed sprints Monday and will be offered for sale Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Association of Racing Commissioners International issued a statement clarifying that horses treated with bisphosphonates, a controversial osteoporosis drug, may be denied entry into races while the organization formulates a policy to recommend to states.

The drugs have come under increased scrutiny by veterinary and racing organizations as deaths mount. Last year, Kentucky saw an unprecendented 80 percent increase in equine fatalities during racing. Bisphosphonates, which are recommended for navicular bone disease in older horses, are suspected of interfering with proper bone formation. Racing and sales officials have called on the industry to stop using them in horses under the age of 4.

Bimeda, the maker of Tildren, one of the medications, said in a statement to the Herald-Leader that they “welcome the recent partial bans proposed by racing organizations in the United States and Canada, regarding bisphosphonate use in young horses, and we are committed to research which will provide a better understanding of these important equine pharmaceuticals.”

Dechra, which makes the other drug, Osphos, pointed to another potential concern in an email: “There are two generations of bisphosphonates, non-nitrogenous (non-nitrogen containing) or nitrogenous (nitrogen-containing). Osphos is a first-generation non-nitrogenous bisphosphonate. This is the least potent class of bisphosphonate.

“There has been evidence of the non-approved and FEI-banned nitrogenous bisphosphonate zoledronate being compounded and used in horses. The nitrogenous bisphosphonates are not approved for use in the horse and work on a more complex pathway with a myriad of side effects as seen and documented in human medicine literature.”

The racing commissioners said that “bisphosphonate use in a racing environment is already prohibited and, if found, the trainer is subject to significant fine and suspension and the horse will be excluded from competition for at least 30 days to one year. The extra label use in any horse younger than 4 years of age of any bisphosphonate is prohibited.”

The racing commissioners, who recommend model rules for states to adopt, is considering a policy that would “disallow any horse from being entered in a race that has been treated with bisphosphonates prior to age 4 or for reasons not specifically cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as appropriate use. Owners and potential buyers of young horses are advised to insist on complete disclosure of any bisphosphonate treatments administered to horses they are considering for purchase.”

Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and Ocala Breeders’ Sales last month announced a ban on the use of bisphosphonates in young horses. The sales companies said that buyers will be allowed to request horses be tested and that the sales could be rescinded.

However, it is unclear if current testing would be able to detect the use of the drugs after more than three months

Editor’s Message: Allaboutcutting.net warned about using drugs on race horses previously in the attached article:  The Mechanical Horse,” written by Rick Dennis.

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CALIFORNIA SENATOR CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF SANTA ANITA RACES

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

CALIFORNIA SENATOR CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF RACES AT SANTA ANITA PARK

Information from an April 3, 2019 article in the Paulick Report

According to an April 3 article in The Paulick Report, California U. S. Senator Diane Feinstein, in a letter to California Horse Racing Board Chairman Chuck Winner, has called for the suspension of Thoroughbred horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Calif., until an investigation has determined the cause or causes of 23 racehorse fatalities since the current winter meet that began on Dec. 26.

Feinstein, a lifelong lover of horses, said, “I’m appalled that almost two dozen horses have died in just four months.”

Feinstein asked Winner in an April 2 letter for “more information about what the California Horse Racing Board is doing to both investigate the matter and address some of the concerns that these incidents have rightly raised.” 

That same day, the California Horse Racing Board posted notice of an April 12 meeting that was not on its regular calendar. The meeting, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time, in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita, has the subject listed as “Discussion and action by the Board regarding possible reallocation of race dates granted to the Los Angeles Turf Club (LATC) at Santa Anita Park Race Track pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 19530.”

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PRCA ADDS RODEOS TO A LIST OF THOSE THAT COUNT TOWARD WORLD STANDINGS

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA ADDS RODEOS TO THEIR LIST OF THOSE WITH EARNINGS THAT COUNT TOWARD WORLD STANDINGS

March 15, 2019

Some of the highest-paying PRCA-sanctioned rodeos in the United States are now being counted toward the 2018 World Standings. These rodeos include the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo. and The Houston, Texas, Livestock Show Rodeo that parted ways in 2011, as well as a substantial portion of the $2.35 million purse paid during RFD-TV’s The American he’d at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

According to a column by Brett Hoffman in the Wise County Messenger, PRCA Chief Executive Officer George Taylor said that adding the higher-paying rodeos to the World standings are great for competitors. 

“If you win some of these events, you start winning San Antonio and Houston; they all help you get there so its a huge impact and a big jump in where you are in the standings without a doubt,” said Taylor in an interview at The American. 

“For example, at the American the winner of each standard PRCA event, such as steer wrestling and tie-down roping, earned $100,000. The PRCA allowed each event winner to count half of that – $50,000 of the $100,000 toward the World Standings.

Also, according to the article, “Another positive move under Taylor’s watch is a noticeable amount of shows that are not a full-fledged rodeo counting toward the World standings. Taylor said, “It’s important for us to have full rodeos; it’s the history of the sport and that’s critical. But we want rodeo to grow in whatever format that fans want it to grow as well as having a big roping in the heart of Texas is really a neat option, a neat opportunity for our cowboys to be able to participate in and have it (the money won) count toward (qualification to) the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) as well.”

According to Taylor, the PRCA sanctions 600 rodeos a year. 

“As the world becomes more urban and rural, we’ve got to keep developing that. So we’ve just been working to try to bring the sport together,” said Taylor.

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I’M BACK!!!!!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, FEATURE ARTICLES, FROM THE EDITOR, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE LAWSUITS, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, TO THE EDITOR, Uncategorized, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

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ALLABOUTCUTTING.NET IS BACK!!!!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 3 comments

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Following over a month of being offline due to something beyond my pay rating, www.allaboutcutting.net is back!!!

Following a change by the website creators, a change in Word Press and a visit to the Apple store, today is the first time that I have been able to get into my site within the last two months. I hope you will continue returning to this site for the latest news in the horse industry. I need you to keep sending me your news. My gmail address is glory.kurtz@gmail.com or you can go to www.allaboutcutting.com and write your remarks.

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