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  • Amateur Horse Pull - Saturday, July 18th in Lexington This is the fourth annual Virginia Amateur Horse Pulling Championship, held during the Rockbridge Regional Fair at the Virginia Horse Center. The pull starts at 7:00 pm and this ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 1:34 PM by Hope Graves
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Amateur Horse Pull - Saturday, July 18th in Lexington

posted Jul 14, 2015, 1:34 PM by Hope Graves

This is the fourth annual Virginia Amateur Horse Pulling Championship, held during the Rockbridge Regional Fair at the Virginia Horse Center. The pull starts at 7:00 pm and this year it is being  held in Barn 6 in the indoor arena.  This pull is an invitational event limited to Virginia resident teams only. It is often used as a schooling event for first time horses to the sport and is conducted to be a good training experience. The amateur status is because  there is no funding to pay premiums other than the gate proceeds that are divided evenly between participants. The training opportunity is based upon the way the event is conducted. The first load is the empty sled and weight is added in smaller increments than regular pulling contests. This allows the horses to develop a sense of confidence  by the efforts being increased in smaller amounts so they can be successful and believe they can do the requested effort. All other disciplines have schooling shows and that's what this event is for Virginia draft teams. It is a fun event and not a serious competition. All Virginia teamsters are invited and the public will enjoy the good nature of the participants and horses. We look forward to seeing you there. Best Regards, Jason Rutledge, lifetime draft horseman, event announcer and organizer.

Southern Va Draft Horse and Mule Show

posted Jun 5, 2015, 9:11 AM by Hope Graves

The Southern Va Draft Horse and Mule Show scheduled for this Saturday at the Pine Spur Hunt Club has been CANCELLED. The Show management shared the following update.

"Due to the week's worth of rain, and more predicted for tonight and thunderstorms for tomorrow, Astride with Pride, Inc. has made the decision to cancel the Draft horse show that was scheduled for tomorrow at Pine Spur Hunt Club. Our heavy horses and the equipment we use would tear up the beautiful grass arena. Please pass this information along to others."

Support the VPA's Percheron Field Day on May 23rd

posted May 19, 2015, 10:32 AM by Hope Graves   [ updated May 19, 2015, 10:58 AM ]

The Virginia Percheron Association will be holding their annual Percheron Field Day on May 23rd in Weyer's Cave, VA.   This is a GREAT event that you won't want to miss.  Load up the family and head to Weyer's Cave to learn more about the Percheron breed and see our Virginia teamsters show off their talent and skill with these fine horses.  

The Event starts at 10:00 am.  The Auction begins at 11:00 am, followed by the raffle at 2:00 pm.  VPA members will provide demonstrations throughout the day.  The event is open to the public.  Located on Route 257 in Weyers Cave across from the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.

For additional information contact:  Gary Kisamore at 540.290.0801.

IT MAKES SENSE TO VACCINATE MOST HORSES NOW

posted May 19, 2015, 10:21 AM by Hope Graves   [ updated May 19, 2015, 10:23 AM ]

~ State Veterinarian’s Office Urges Horse Owners to Check with Their Veterinarians Now Regarding Vaccination Schedule ~

Mosquito season will begin soon in Virginia and has already begun in some areas. That means it’s time to start thinking about vaccinating your horses against mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and possibly against rabies as well. Unlike WNV and EEE, rabies is a three-year vaccine that does not need to be repeated annually.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) urges all horse owners to check with their veterinarians for vaccination recommendations for their animals. Virginia only had one confirmed case of WNV (Augusta County) and one of EEE (Suffolk) in 2014, although many other states had a much higher incidence of cases.

“Timely vaccination has been shown to decrease WNV and EEE disease incidence drastically,” said Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian at VDACS. “Without vaccination, we would expect to see many more infected horses, so we still urge horse owners to consider EEE and WNV vaccination. We believe that in most cases, private veterinarians will recommend them for their clients.”

Vaccines are effective for six to twelve months, so horses should be re-vaccinated at least annually. In areas where the disease occurs frequently, most veterinarians recommend vaccination every six months. For the vaccine to be effective it must be handled and administered properly and be given at least two weeks before the horse is exposed to the virus. Additionally, to stimulate full immunity, horses must be vaccinated twice, about 30 days apart, the first year they are vaccinated. Other prevention methods include destroying standing water breeding sites for mosquitoes, using insect repellents and removing animals from mosquito-infested areas during peak biting times, usually dusk to dawn.

Dr. Wilkes also suggests that owners check about rabies vaccinations for their horses. There were no cases of rabies in Virginia horses last year but four each in 2012 and 2013.

Rabies vaccines are also very effective and vaccinating horses annually can prevent rabies in both horses and humans. In addition to taking measures to decrease the likelihood that horses will be exposed to rabies, routine rabies vaccination is a very important aspect of disease prevention.

All three of these diseases – EEE, WNV and rabies – cause neurologic signs in horses, such as staggering, circling, depression, loss of appetite and sometimes fever and blindness. The diseases can kill anywhere from 30 percent (WNV) to 90 percent (EEE) to 100 percent (rabies) of the horses infected. There is no proven cure for these diseases, but veterinarians can provide supportive therapy to treat symptoms of EEE and WNV and keep horses from injuring themselves. Rabies is always fatal. Humans can become infected with rabies by handling a rabid horse but cannot become infected with EEE or WNV by handling an infected horse, nor can a horse acquire the virus from another infected horse. The presence of an infected horse in the area indicates that mosquitoes carrying EEE or WNV are present, however, and those insects pose a threat to both humans and horses.

For more information on WNV or EEE, contact the Office of Veterinary Services, Division of Animal Industry Services, VDACS, at 804.786.2483 or see vdacs.virginia.gov/animals/diseases.shtml. Information about rabies and rabies exposures can be found on the Virginia Department of Health’s Rabies Control page at vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/DEE/Rabies/. Horse owners should contact their veterinarians for further advice on prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Elaine Lidholm

Director of Communications
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor Street
Richmond VA 23219
804.786.7686

Virginia Teamsters Receive Recognition

posted May 19, 2015, 9:59 AM by Hope Graves

In the latest issue (Winter 2015) of the DAPNet (Draft Animal-Power Network) Newsletter, several of our Virginia teamsters were acknowledged.  The article, which focused on the 2014 World Percheron Congress said "The Virginia folks are excellent teamsters and . . . deservingly took top honors in both plowing classes "   The article goes on to specifically acknowledge the much appreciated assistance of Gary Kisamore and friends (from the VPA) as well as the "poetry in motion" of the Redifer Family (Father and Son) Teamsters.  The article is attached below, Volume 5, Number 1, Winter 2015 of the DAPNet Newsletter.    

EQUINE HERPESVIRUS MYELOENCEPHALOPATHY (EHM) CONFIRMED IN A VIRGINIA HORSE

posted Feb 9, 2015, 9:41 AM by Hope Graves   [ updated May 19, 2015, 10:24 AM by Hope Graves ]

EQUINE HERPESVIRUS MYELOENCEPHALOPATHY (EHM) CONFIRMED IN A VIRGINIA HORSE

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, VDACS was notified of a positive result for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) on a horse displaying neurologic signs in western Albemarle County, Northwest of Charlottesville. The affected horse is located at a boarding stable with 14 other horses at the facility. VDACS contacted the stable manager and placed the facility under quarantine – no horses are allowed to exit or enter the premises until the quarantine is released.

The affected horse is a 14-year-old gelding that showed symptoms on Saturday, January 31, became recumbent on Sunday, February 1, but is now stable. Samples were taken by a private veterinarian and the result was reported to VDACS February 5. An epidemiologic investigation is underway; initial findings indicate that only one exposed horse from the facility has left the premises within the last 14 days, and that horse went out of state. VDACS will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates on our website – vdacs.virginia.gov/animals/ehv.shtml - and on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/VaAgriculture and twitter.com/VaAgriculture/.

More information on EHV-1 is available at vdacs.virginia.gov/animals/ehv.shtml.

Elaine Lidholm
Director of Communications
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor Street
Richmond VA 23219

804.786.7686

Virginia Draft Horse & Mule Association, Inc. By-Laws

posted Jan 21, 2015, 2:04 PM by Hope Graves

Attached please find the updated By-Laws for the VDHMA.  These revision addresses the changes voted on by the association membership in 2014.  If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

VDHMA Annual Meeting

posted Jan 14, 2015, 8:23 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Jan 27, 2015, 12:40 PM ]

Please join us for the 2015 VDHMA Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Traditions Family Restaurant, located at 625 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.  

If you have not already renewed your 2015 membership, please plan on renewing your membership at the Annual Meeting.

If you need directions to the Traditions Family restaurant, CLICK HERE.

Horse Feed Recall

posted Nov 3, 2014, 1:33 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated May 19, 2015, 10:25 AM by Hope Graves ]

Bartlett Milling Company recalls horse feeds
Two types of feed potentially contaminated with Rumensin


Release Date: 2014-11-03

Bartlett Milling Company has initiated a limited recall of certain horse feeds due to potential Rumensin contamination. The products were distributed to customers and retailers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Rumensin contamination can result in health problems, including mortality, in horses. The products and lot number involved in the recall are:

o 50 lb. bags of Bartlett Pasture Horse 10 Feed - Lot 288
o 50 lb. bags of Cleveland Carolina Champion Horse Feed - Lot 288

The recalled products were packaged in typical brand-specific feed bags. Lot numbers are printed on the front and back of each bag.

Retailers have been contacted and instructed to immediately withdraw from sale the recalled product and to notify customers who purchased the product. Customers should discontinue feeding the product immediately. Customers who purchased this product should return remaining bags to their retailer.

For more information on the product recall, contact Bartlett Milling at +1.800.438.6016 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Bartlett at 1.336.655.1840 outside of regular business hours.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Ride & Drive and VDHMA Elections

posted Oct 14, 2014, 8:16 AM by Hope Graves   [ updated Oct 17, 2014, 1:28 PM ]




Mark Your Calendar!  The VDHMA elections will be held in conjunction with the Ride & Drive on Saturday, November 8th at 10:00 am in Churchville, VA.  Please see the flyer for additional details and directions to this great event.

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