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  • EQUINE HERPESVIRUS MYELOENCEPHALOPATHY (EHM) CONFIRMED IN A VIRGINIA HORSE 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 ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2015, 9:41 AM by Hope Graves
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posted Feb 9, 2015, 9:41 AM by Hope Graves



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 – - and on Facebook and Twitter at and


More information on EHV-1 is available at


 Elaine Lidholm

Director of Communications

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

102 Governor Street

Richmond VA 23219


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

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.

Draft Horse & Mule Fun Show

posted Sep 5, 2014, 6:49 PM by Hope Graves

The Draft Horse and Mule Fun Show will return to the State Fair of Virginia at The Meadow on Sunday, September 28th and Monday, September 29th.  

We are so excited to be offering a Draft Horse & Mule Show and a Draft Horse & Mule Pull, as well as Coon Mule Jumping at the State Fair of Virginia this year. After a number of requests, more mule classes and pull have been added.  We have great expectations for this show and the future of the draft horse and mule industry at the State Fair of Virginia and hope that you are able to be a part of our show.  

In addition to exhibitors and volunteers we need sponsors.  Please complete the Sponsorship Form if you are able to sponsor a class or more!

Classes will begin at 6:00 pm and are open to Drafts, SMALL Drafts and Mules (unless otherwise noted).

The Prize List, Show Entry Form, and Sponsorship Form is attached.

Rockbridge County Fair Amateur Horse Pulling Championship

posted Jul 12, 2014, 8:06 PM by Hope Graves

There will be an invitational amateur horse pull on Saturday, July 19th at the Virginia Horse Center, in Lexington, Va.  The event sponsored by Southern States Cooperative kicks off at 7:00 pm.

Draft Horse Pull & Mule Show, July 26, 2014

posted Jul 12, 2014, 8:01 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Jul 12, 2014, 8:02 PM ]

There will be a Draft Horse Pull and Mule Show, on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Orange County Fair.  The Show will start at 10:00 am.  Click Here for additional information on the classes, entry fees, and who to contact for additional information.

Wanted Hayride & Carriage Drivers

posted Jul 8, 2014, 1:28 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 1:38 PM ]

Harmon’s Hayrides, Carriages, and Training is looking for experienced teamsters in the Northern Virginia area.  Or we will train on our apprentice program to drive our hayrides and carriages.  Applicants must have a driver’s license and transportation to the farm in Brandy Station, Virginia.  Experience in pulling horse or lowboy trailers is also a plus.  Applicants must enjoy dealing with the public, have the availability to work on the weekends, and a sense of humor.  To see all that we do go to  Contact Midge Harmon at 540-825-6707 or email

New River Valley Horse Pull Contest

posted Jul 1, 2014, 9:03 AM by Hope Graves

To be held at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin, Virginia.  Tuesday, July 22nd beginning at 7:00 pm


New River Valley Fairgrounds

Dublin, VA 24084


Take Interstate 81, Exit 98, turn North at top of exit, go 4 Miles North on RT. 100.

The New River Valley Fairgrounds is on the left.  There's a big marquee at the main entrance.  Horse trailers can avoid a great deal of traffic on the grounds is they go to the first left beyond the main entrance and follow that road to the back side of the grounds to the staging area and main arena.

If there is anyone that would like to overnight their horses at the fair grounds that option is definitely open.  We have stalls.  Camper hookups are not likely.  We have motels in the area. let us know what your people need and we will do our best to accommodate.

For information call Bonnie McCutcheon at 540-605-6311.

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