A stable in Wake County, N.C., has reported cases of the neurological form of the equine herpes virus, EHV-1. The North Carolina Department Of Agriculture And Consumer Services released an update Dec. 30 stating that the facility is quarantined.
At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Federation Equestre Internationale Dressage Committee voted to keep the Intermediaire II in prize lists for 2014. The FEI had previously stated that Intermediaire II wouldn’t be allowed at all during 2014 in favor of the new “medium tour,” the Intermediaire A and B tests. The Intermediaire A and B will also be offered next season.
A federal appeals court on Dec. 14 removed the temporary ban preventing horse slaughter plants from opening.
The Federal Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver lifted the emergency ban barring the U.S. Department of Agriculture from conducting inspections on slaughter plants in three states—Iowa, Missouri and New Mexico—because the animal rights groups “failed to meet their burden for an injunction.”
In the past, contentious discussions and debates have filled the Adequan/USDF Annual Meeting board of governors' meetings. But this year, as with last, everyone seemed in agreement with the decisions being made.
There were some new faces, however, or at least some familiar faces stepping into new roles.
Current U.S. Equestrian Federation CEO John Long has announced that he will resign the position next June. Long has been USEF CEO since 2003.
“I don’t have any plans yet,” he said. “I’m not going to start to think about that until late winter. There are still too many things I want to get done, and I have to be invested in one thing and not thinking about something else. I want to slow down a little bit; I have children and grandchildren, and I’d like to travel where I want to travel and do some other fun things.”
The USEF will begin seeking Long’s successor shortly.
It usually takes a stride or two, but there's a defining moment when a rider lands off the last jump of a course and realizes all the rails are still in their cups. That moment is when it all happens—an exuberant explosion of joy. The crowd exhales their collective breath and the rider unleashes a flurry of celebratory gestures—pats, fist-pumps and hugs. We at the Chronicle have put together 10 of our favorite moments of victory from those we've captured over the years. Enjoy!
Jim Wolf, former U.S. Equestrian Federation executive director of sport programs, announced Dec. 2 the formation of Wolf Sports Group LLC. Wolf left his position at the USEF on Dec. 1 after more than 20 years with the organization.
According to a press release, Wolf Sports Group will “provide services in sports marketing as well as event management and logistics.” The company will focus mainly, though not exclusively, on equestrian sports, and it will be based out of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation office in Gladstone, N.J. The USEF is Wolf Sports Group’s first client.
Equestrian Australia received notification from the Fédération Equestre Internationale on Dec. 2 that the B sample taken from Clifton Pinot at the Land Rover Burghley CCI**** (Great Britain) has come back positive for the banned substance reserpine.
Kevin McNab and Clifton Pinot, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred (Wallenda—Ice Stinker, Icelandic) gelding owned by McNab and Frances Stead, finished 14th in the event.
Tortuga Bay, ridden by Ashley Kehoe and owned by Natalie Hummel, fell at fence 6 on the preliminary cross-country course at the Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials (Ga.) on Dec. 1. “Mickey” was subsequently euthanized on the scene and was taken to the University Of Georgia Veterinary Hospital for a necropsy.