To say the least, the past year has been quite challenging. With the Covid-19 pandemic, USEF placed so many restrictions and protocols that at times I wondered if we could even have a horse show. You all stepped up and followed the protocol requirements. I am so proud to have such caring people entering my Orlando Dressage shows! We were not shut down and I haven’t received any protocol fines from USEF or USDF. Thank you!
Now we have another challenge. The following is a partial email from USEF.
A recent outbreak of an aggressive strain of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) has been reported on the European mainland. There are no current EHV-1 outbreaks related to the Valencia competition evident in the U.S. at this time, but USEF is recommending members take important steps to protect their horses. USEF is working closely with competition organizers and veterinarians to ensure we are as prepared as possible for a potential outbreak in the U.S.
Below are some best practices you can implement immediately:
|Check your horse’s temperature twice daily and maintain a temperature log
Keep separate feed buckets, brushes, rags, and tack/equipment for each horse
|Ask your veterinarian about appropriate cleaning solutions|
|Eliminate communal or shared water troughs and buckets|
|Practice hand washing in between handling horses|
|Maintain social distancing for horses; limit nose to nose contact with other horses at the ring|
|Ensure your horse is vaccinated for EHV (Rhinopneumonitis vaccine) in line with GR845|
Please note that the vaccine does not protect against the neurological form of EHV, which is referred to as Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) but does reduce the clinical signs and shedding of the virus..
We will be implementing empty stalls between barn groups. We will make every effort to keep our horses and competitors safe.
Usually, the Heidelberg Cups are our Championship show but because we still can’t have a gathering, we will be postponing our Championship show until our June 19-20th show at Grand Oaks. Hopefully we will be able to celebrate our Champions!
Orlando Dressage, Inc.
Ride times and stabling will be posted Thursday evening prior to event
Event: Heidelburg Cups
When: March 27-28th
Prize List: PDF