AQHA lowers the qualifying points for the Adequan Select World Championship Show

May 19, 2011 on 9:53 pm | In A Bit of Information | No Comments

To help ease AQHA Select exhibitors’ minds and proactively help professionals and exhibitors make educated decisions, the AQHA Executive Committee today opted to lower qualifying points for the Adequan Select World Championship Show. The decision to lower the points was a result of the timing of the May 31 qualifying deadline for the Adequan Select and the recently reported cases of equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy in the western United States. The Adequan Select is August 28 - September 3 in Amarillo.
 
Since first learning of the recent cases of EHV-1, AQHA has received numerous phone calls from trainers, exhibitors and show managers primarily from states that have confirmed cases of EHV-1 or border states that have confirmed cases. Several show managers have either voluntarily canceled or are considering cancellation of their shows this weekend, and some exhibitors have expressed their reluctance to move their horses out of concern of potentially exposing them to EHV-1.
 
“We believe it’s reasonable and responsive to our Select exhibitors struggling with the decision to try to gather a final half point or point and qualify for the Adequan Select to do the conscientious thing,” said AQHA President Peter J. Cofrancesco III of Sparta, New Jersey. “Regardless of whether someone is trying to qualify for the Adequan Select, we want to continue to provide them with information regarding EHV-1 so that they can make educated decisions that they feel are right for their horses. If that means skipping a show in these final two weeks and erring on the side of caution, we want to support that decision.”

Here are the qualifying-point reductions for the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show:

•1 to 4.5 points needed to qualify will be reduced by .5 point
•5 to 9.5 points needed to qualify will be reduced by 1 point
•10 and greater needed to qualify will be reduced by 2 points
To view the updated qualifying points, click here.
 
Qualifying points for exhibitors 70 and older are not affected by this reduction.
 
Also, as a precautionary measure, AQHA and the National Cutting Horse Association have jointly agreed to support show managers’ decisions to voluntarily cancel dual-approved cutting events this weekend (May 20-22). In addition, AQHA will work with its show managers who choose to voluntarily cancel an entire show or cutting classes that are being offered at AQHA-approved shows this weekend. This affects a total of approximately 90 shows. There is no mandatory requirement from AQHA that a show cancel, and the Association is working with state veterinary offices and industry professionals to draft some guidelines that show management can use, given concerns over the EHV-1 virus.
 
Equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy is another name for the neurologic disease associated with equine herpesvirus infections, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Neurological signs appear as a result of damage to blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord associated with EHV infection. Interference with the blood supply leads to tissue damage and a subsequent loss in normal function of areas in the brain and spinal cord. The disease is not transferable to humans.
 
AQHA will continue to monitor the EHV-1 situation, which appears to be isolated at this time, and the AQHA World Show qualifying period, which ends July 31, to determine if any course of action for that November show is necessary. For now, given the timing of the end of its qualifying period, the point reduction only applies to the Adequan Select World Show.

Learn more about how to help prevent this common infectious disease

May 7, 2011 on 10:32 pm | In Event Calendars | No Comments

Equine Influenza Virus
Equine influenza virus (FLU) is one of the most common infectious diseases affecting the respiratory tract in horses. According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, it commonly occurs in horses in the United States and throughout much of the world, with the notable exceptions of New Zealand and Iceland1.

What Is Equine Flu?
Equine influenza is a virus of the H3N8 subtype. Two different H3N8 subtypes appear in circulation internationally2. It is important to note that these are different than the flu strains affecting humans, and at this time, equine influenza viruses have not been reported to infect people.
Are Young Horses More Susceptible to Equine Influenza?
Horses ages 1 to 5 can be more susceptible, while older horses are less susceptible to an equine influenza virus infection. However, it is important to keep in mind that immunity can be compromised in any horses that are frequently exposed at shows and other events1.

What Are Symptoms of Equine Influenza?
Flu symptoms in horses can include elevated body temperatures, loss of appetite, harsh dry cough, depression and nasal discharge.

How Is Equine Flu Transmitted?
Equine influenza is highly contagious and can be spread by a couple different means. The first is through respiratory tract secretions. Coughing horses can release the virus into the air, where it is spread up to 30 to 50 meters2. It can also be spread by direct contact between horses and indirectly via a person’s hands or clothing or on inanimate objects such as buckets, tack or lead ropes2.

How to Help Protect Your Horse From Flu?
The best measure for helping protect horses against influenza is to have them vaccinated by a veterinarian. FLUVAC INNOVATOR® — a Fort Dodge vaccine offered by Pfizer Animal Health — helps provide protection against equine influenza virus. The FLUVAC INNOVATOR vaccines, along with other Pfizer Animal Health equine vaccine combinations, are included in the Equine Immunization Support Guarantee.

Practicing good barn hygiene, both at home and on the road can also help protect your horse from infection or reduce the spread of infection. Whenever possible, avoid sharing water buckets, lip chains, halters or other items that touch the horse’s mouth or nose. If items have to be shared, be sure to follow proper sanitation and disinfection techniques first. Veterinarians recommend that every barn offer a shallow basin filled with properly mixed disinfectant for people to wash their shoes before entering or leaving a facility.

When Should Horses Be Vaccinated Against Equine Influenza?
According to the AAEP vaccination guidelines, adult horses, previously vaccinated, should be revaccinated at six-month intervals. This includes performance, show or pleasure horses constantly at risk of exposure1. For further vaccination guidelines, horse owners should consult a veterinarian, as guidelines may vary between products, age and use of the horse

References:

1. Equine Influenza. American Association of Equine Practitioners. 2008. Available at: http://www.aaep.org/equine_influenza.htm. Accessed on March 24, 2011.

2. Bug of the Month: Equine Influenza Virus. Equid Blog University of Guelph.Posted December 11, 2010. Available at: http://www.equidblog.com/2010/12/articles/another-category/influenza/bug-of-the-month-equine-influenza-virus/. Accessed on March 24, 2011.

3. Ostlund EN. The Equine Herpesviruses. Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 1993 Aug: (9)2:283-294

Casa Zia Saddle Blanket

May 7, 2011 on 8:59 pm | In A Bit of Information, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

If you are looking for one of the best Quality Casa Zia Saddle Blanket M.C. Diamond Ranch Has it. The Casa Zia Blanket is 100% raw wool, which means you can feel the lanolin in the blanket. It comes with 5 oz. oil tan buck stitched wear leathers. This blanket is the closest duplication of the original blanket made by the Casa Zia family. It is designed to wick away moisture and provide cool comfort and will last for years. We have the Tan with brown stripes and the Tan, green, brown, gold, red and blue stripes see them at M.C. Diamond Casa Zia Saddle Blanket.

Sharon Camarillo Breast Collars

May 7, 2011 on 8:04 pm | In A Bit of Information, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

M.C. Diamond Ranch is offering the new Shamrillo Breast Collars at a “Great Price” on there website mcdiamond.con This Freedom Fit Collar is designed to ride above the points of the horse’s shoulders allowing unrestricted movement and increased stride. It includes the neck strap to hold the breast collar in a deep V position, allowing the center Dee to fit lower on the horse’s chest to avoid cutting off the horse’s air supply. Doubled and stitched with hand tooled leather overlays, dyed edges, replaceable chest strap, stainless steel hardware and the “freedom fit” design, makes this breast collar the best choice for a great presentation and ultimate performance! Check them out at M.C. Diamond Sharon Breast Collars

Kentucky Reining Cup

May 6, 2011 on 4:16 pm | In A Bit of Information | No Comments

KR Lil Conquistador wins Kentucky Reining Cup.
By Larri Jo Starkey

When the professional announcer became ill at the Kentucky Reining Cup, AQHA Professional Horseman Pete Kyle stepped up to the mike to explain reining to the crowd. (Larri Jo Starkey photo).With a solid 226.5 score, Shawn Flarida of Springfield, Ohio, slid into first place April 29 on KR Lil Conquistador at the Kentucky Reining Cup.

The event is the only CRI5* reining in the western hemisphere this year, with $50,000 in prize money.

Right behind KR Lil Conquistador were Miss Lil Addy Tude and Mister Montana Nic, both shown by Craig Schmersal of Overbrook, Oklahoma.

KR Lil Conquistador, owned and bred by Cheree Kirkbride of Ocala, Florida,  already had $401,027 in his bag, and his share of the prize. He’s by Conquistador Whiz and out of Smart Little Prize by Smart And Trouble.

“There’s a couple of places it could have been a little bit better but that horse has been absolutely great for me his whole career,” Shawn said of the 9-year-old bay gelding. “When a lot of horses get older, they get retired. It turns out this horse looks forward to shows. He’s sure fun to ride.”

Several of the senior horses in the cup were at the CRI2* at the National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas, just a week ago, including KR Lil Conquistador and Mister Montana Nic, the durable 14-year-old owned by the Mister Montana Nic Syndicate of Moore, Oklahoma.

“I’m lucky to have him in my barn,” Craig said.

After a 22-hour trailer ride, Shawn said, he didn’t ride KR Lil Conquistador again until just before the Kentucky Reining Cup.

“Like Craig said, it’s an honor to have horses in your barn that are that good,” Shawn said. “They’ve been through our programs, and they know us. He knows his job. I sometimes get in his way, but he knows his job.

The reining cup was a bit of a homecoming for Shawn, Craig and fourth-place finisher Tom McCutcheon of Aubrey, Texas, on Chic Olena Starbuck. All three were on the U.S. gold-medal reining team from the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

“I think the direction we’re going with reining, I think the publicity this brings to our sport, following up the World Equestrian Games, we all loved coming here,” Tom said. “It’s a great arena, and it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our sport. I’m thrilled we could have such a great reining for everybody to see tonight.”

The fourth member of the U.S. team, Tim McQuay, was sixth on Rudy Dun It.

Reinsman Tacky Too Pads

May 3, 2011 on 4:55 pm | In A Bit of Information, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

M.C. Diamond Ranch has the comlept 2011 Aztec and colors on this Tacky Too Pads. A saddle pad that fits incorrectly and performs poorly is a perfect way to get an irritable, uncomfortable horse. Make your horse happy with this high tech saddle pad from Reinsman. Your horse will love the soft, non-slip neoprene base that promises to be anti-bacterial and deceptively durable. The neoprene will not pull or collect the horse’s hair nor will it trap heat or sweat, helping to reduce sore backs and saddle roll. It has a close contact feel, absorbs shock and is easy to clean. The saddle pads also feature beautiful Aztec tips, bound edges, and leather wear leathers. The straight design of this saddle pad is for the round or mutton wither horse or a horse with a flat back and horses with normal wither definition. Choose from many beautiful designs. Check this pad out at M.C. Diamond Tacky Too.

Trail Saddle Pads

May 3, 2011 on 12:32 am | In A Bit of Information, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

M.C. Diamond Ranch has all the new Aztec designs for this Reinsman Trail Saddle Pad is built for comfort. It has a beautiful Aztec design with Tacky Too backing. Tacky Too is a soft non-slip material is anti-bacterial, ventilated and deceptively tough and durable. It does not pull or collect the horse’s hair nor does it trap heat or sweat. It helps reduce sore backs and saddle roll. It also has a close contact feel, absorbs shock and is easy to clean. Measures 30″ x 34″  Excellent pad for short back, high wither horses. Check this Tacky Too Trail Saddle Pad with all the Aztec designs and colors at M.C. Diamond Tacky Too Trail Pad.

Miniature Therapy Horse

May 1, 2011 on 8:19 pm | In Event Calendars | No Comments

 Miniature Therapy Horse on TIME /CNN list of “History’s 10 Most Courageous Animals”

Check out this article at M.C. Damond Form

Roper Wool Saddle Pad

May 1, 2011 on 7:53 pm | In A Bit of Information, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

Roper Delight Series Roper Wool Felt Pad. This pad is made with 100% wool felt. Wool provides excellent shock protection. It will absorb more moisture than synthetic products, releases heat build up, breathes for a cooler ride and is quick drying after use. The wool conforms to the horses back resulting in less slippage. The contour shape provides better fit for horses withers or more sway to their back and allows the saddle to fit properly. We use heavy oiled grain out leathers which results in less cracking and drying out. M.C. Diamond Ranch has “Great Prcing” on this pad.

Counter-Canter

May 1, 2011 on 7:44 pm | In A Bit of Information | No Comments

Improve your horse’s balance, collection and flexibility with the counter-canter.
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