CDS Board Meeting Schedule: March 25, Burbank ; June 17 Bubank; August 28 tba; November 19 Orange County. All members welcome.
Congratulations newly elected President: Kevin Reinig and Vice President Peggy Klump.
Notice to Dressage Competitions
from the USEF Communications Department
As a result of recent confirmed diagnosis of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) in multiple states, the use of alternative saddlery inspection procedures is recommended for Dressage and the dressage phase of Eventing competitions in states where the respective State Department of Agriculture has confirmed diagnosis of EHV-1 in the state or the competition has entries traveling from a state where there has been confirmed diagnosis of EHV-1.
Competitions following the approved modified inspection protocol described below must provide a written statement from the State Veterinarian's office confirming the diagnosis of EHV-1 in the state at the time of the competition (or from a state from which an entry is originating) to the Technical Delegate of the competition and it must be included in the TD Report to the Federation office. Use of the modified inspection protocol at any competition must be reported on the TD Report Form. Saddlery inspection protocol is defined in DR121.9 for Dressage Competitions and in EV115.4 for Eventing Competitions. The approved modified inspection protocol follows:
For both Dressage and dressage portions of Eventing competitions, stewards should conduct a visual check of the horses, without touching the horse or any equipment.
For Eventing, a steward must be available at designated times so that competitors (if requested by the steward) may bring their bridles and equipment for further inspection once removed from the horse.
For Dressage competitions, the visual inspection must be upon completion of the respective ride and the entire bit and other saddlery and equipment must be visually inspected for at least one-third of the horses in a class. Stewards must be assigned to the stables and day parking areas to conduct these visual inspections once bridles have been removed.
Competition managers should consult with their State Veterinarian's Office on additional recommended precautions that should be taken at their competition. Competitions and Officials must resume normal protocol for saddlery and equipment inspections when theState Veterinarian's Office confirms there is no current diagnosis of the virus at the time of their competition. Saddlery and equipment inspections are required as described inDR 121.9 and EV115.4 for all Dressage and Eventing competitions in states where there is not confirmed diagnosis of EHV-1.
The apparent increased frequency of disease and severity of symptoms being seen indicates a need for initiation and implementation of extra precaution by competition management. The USEF encourages competition managers to review their biosecurity practices and, if needed, elevate their biosecurity plan to minimize the chance of horses having direct or indirect contact with one another. Indirect contact would include common water and feed sources as well as shared equipment and common areas. The goal of a biosecurity plan is to prevent the transmission of infectious agents among individuals. The components of a successful program will include cooperation of management, facility layout, decontamination, and when applicable immunization. Each of these factors directly affects the success or failure of a successful biosecurity plan. A copy of the American Association of Equine Practitioners biosecurity guidelines and EHV resources can be foundat www.aaep.org/ehv_resources.htm
National Events on the Calendar
July 17-21 North American Junior Young Rider Championships at the Horse
Park in Kentucky
Oct 10-13 Dressage Festival of Champions at the Horse Park in Kentucky
Nov 7-10 USDF Dressage Finals at the Horse Park in Kentucky