Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director

Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family's horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again ("Happy"). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Articles by: Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director

USDA Declares Qatar Free Of African Horse Sickness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a final rule declaring Qatar, a small country on the Persian Gulf, free of African horse sickness (AHS). This change in disease status relieves import restrictions on horses from Qatar.

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AHSA Announces Winners Of Seventh Annual Media Awards

The AHSA has announced the winners of the seventh annual AHSA Media Awards. The 1999 honorees represent a full spectrum of media outlets, including print and broadcast journalism, and all of the winners share a common talent: producing

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In Pennsylvania 22 Horses Destroyed Due to EIA

The total number of horses which have tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in northeastern Pennsylvania has risen to 23. Twenty-two of the horses have been destroyed, and three remain under quarantine. Another horse tested positive

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Big Ben Dies At 23

Big Ben, Canada’s most famous show jumping horse, died early Saturday, Dec. 11, from colic. He was 23.

Big Ben, ridden for over a decade by Ian Millar of Perth, came down with colic around 6 p.m. EST on Friday. He was euthanized in orde

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Summary Of West Nile Virus In The United States

Courtesy of USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, Emergency Programs
Infectious Disease Table Topics, AAEP Convention
(Report of November 18, 1999)

West Nile Virus (WNV) has been identified in birds, mosquitoes,

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Michigan Hay Surplus

A very favorable summer growing season over much of Michigan has produced a tremendous supply of surplus hay for many farms. According to Jerry Lindquist, the coordinator of the Michigan Hay Seller’s List and Michigan State University (MSU)

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EIA Positives At 21 in Pennsylvania

According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), as of Nov. 2, a total of 21 equids have tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Wayne County since Sept. 18. Eighteen of these have been destroyed;

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17 Pa. Horses Positive For EIA

Seventeen equines have tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia in Wayne County since Sept. 18, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA). Fourteen of the equines have been destroyed, and the other three are quarantined.

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West Nile Virus Confirmed (no longer -like)”est Nil

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the unique disease outbreak in NY horses is no longer the West Nile-like virus. It now has been confirmed as the actual West Nile virus.

Centers for Disease Control have not ye”P>According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the unique disease outbreak in NY horses is no longer the West Nile”>Accordin

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West Nile Virus 1999 Update

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday confirmed that in Suffolk County, NY, at least one dead horse tested positive for the West Nile-like virus. Another 10 horses that displayed symptoms

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The Latest West Nile Virus Update

Twenty-one of the cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses were handled and treated by the Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital, in Laurel, N.Y. Of those 21, eight have died or were euthanized. An additional horse, a Thoroughbred, might be euthanized tonight, following intensive exam by the United States Department of Agriculture.

John E. Andresen, DVM, is the equine specialist

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West Nile Virus Confirmed (no longer “-like”)

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the unique disease outbreak in NY horses is no longer the “West Nile-like” virus. It now has been confirmed as the actual West Nile virus.

Centers for Disease Control have not yet issued a statement that would confirm West Nile virus in the dead birds found in CT and NJ.

More reports and an in-depth question/answer

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