Photo by: Bruce Bouley
Horse owners tend to think of flies and mosquitoes as annoying nuisances. That’s certainly true, but they can also be downright dangerous, as both can spread serious and even life-threatening diseases.
Mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalomyelitis and western equine encephalomyelitis.
Flies are responsible for spreading pigeon fever, equine infectious anemia and play a role in summer sores.
Let’s take a brief look at these diseases and what you can do to protect your horse.
Fritzens, Austria- The United States closed out a strong showing at CDI4* Fritzens on Sunday as seven members of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team went to task in Grand Prix competition. In the Freestyle, Steffen Peters led the U.S. effort that saw the Americans take three of the top four placings, while, in the Grand Prix Special Laura Graves was the top placing of four U.S. riders within the top seven.
“Fritzens was a fantastic show for our American squad and we are all so grateful to Klaus Haim and Evelyn Haim-Swarovski for everything they did to make it so. I could not be more proud of all our riders and horses and thank them, the grooms, supporters, and of course, Dr. Rick Mitchell and Jenny Van Wieren Page for their tremendous efforts on behalf of the Team,” said U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover. “Super results prove again that the USA is on the march toward excellence.”
Lexington, Ky. - The top youth reiners in the U.S. went head-to-head on June 28 at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., to stake their claim on coveted National Titles in the Adequan/USEF Youth Reining National Championship. At the competition held in conjunction with the NRHA Derby, Amanda Hurd claimed top honors in the 14-18 division, while Emmy-Lu Marsh earned the 13 & Under crown.
Hurd (Wilmington, Del.) and Mark Hurd’s 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Whale of a Whiz cruised to a score of 140.5 to claim the National Title by a half point. Additionally, the horse that served as a reserve for the U.S. Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games helped the 18-year-old win the Junior U.S. Team Selection Trial for the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North.
Calgary, Alberta - The 'North American' TournamentCSI 5* at Spruce Meadows featured the $210,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday with an exciting win for USA's Kent Farrington and Voyeur. With an incredible resume of wins, this was Farrington's first time winning the prestigious competition. He finished ahead of Paulo Santana (BRA) and Taloubet, and Quentin Judge (USA) and HH Copin van de Broy, who finished second and third respectively. The $85,000 TD Cup 1.50m winning round competition was also held on Saturday with a win for McLain Ward (USA) and HH Carlos Z.
Course designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) set a big challenge for the horses and riders in Saturday's $210,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup. The competition was held in a two-round format with a final jump-off if needed. Thirty-one entries jumped in round one with 14 clears to advance over the second round course, but a jump-off was not necessary as none of the competitors were able to finish round two without fault. Kent Farrington took the win with one time fault in 77.40 seconds aboard Amalaya Investments' Voyeur, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Tolano van't Riethof x Goodwill.
Lake Placid, N.Y. - Todd Minikus of Wellington, FL, rode Babalou 41 to victory in the $75,000 I Love New York Grand Prix Sunday to culminate the 2014 I Love New York Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables.
Minikus earned the win as the only one from the starting field of 24 to successfully complete the first-round course designed by Show Jumping Hall of Famer Steve Stephens. He became the first rider since Charlie Jacobs in 2009 to win the I Love New York Grand Prix without a jump-off.
Lake Placid, N.Y. - Robert Lee of Old Saybrook, Conn., rode El Grecco, owned by Brook Run Farm LLC, to the win in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition Saturday at the 2014 I Love New York Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables.
Lee, 23, and his former junior and amateur jumper topped both rounds, receiving a score of 184.00 from judges John Roper and Linda Andrisani for round one and a score of 205.00 from judges Scott Fitton and Mike Rosser for round two. His total of 389.00 points for his two rides in the all grass Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field over the course designed by Steve Stephens and Bobby Murphy made him the clear winner.
East DOrset, Vt. - Superbad failed to live up to his name, carrying Amanda Flint to victory in the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, presented by Johnson Horse Transportation, on July 5 at the Vermont Summer Festival. The six-week equestrian competition runs through August 10 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Flint of Long Meadow, NJ, was riding a winning streak into Saturday’s main event, having placed first and second in Thursday’s $10,000 Open Welcome, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, with Newlight VDL and Chester VDL respectively. However, it was yet another mount, Superbad, that stole the spotlight to win the first grand prix event of the 2014 Vermont Summer Festival.
Parker, Colo. - The $30,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix was the highlight of the day in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena during Week IV of Summer in the Rockies at the Colorado Horse Park. A crowd gathered on the grass to watch great show jumping action. The course was designed by one of the sport's best, Olympic veteran Buddy Brown of Livermore, CA.
"I'm hoping for six to eight clear," said Brown about the course. "It's more challenging, it's more technical with tighter turns and a tighter time allowed. It's going to be tough to be clean. I am forcing them to do some riding. I gave them a little more room to get to the jumps. It's bigger, but the bigger jumps are easier to get to. I stuffed the jumps into the corners to make them ride the tracks a little straighter."
Parker, Colo. - All eyes were on the equitation riders Friday in the Olsen Family Main Hunter Ring. The beautiful Fourth of July weather made for ideal conditions for juniors as they vied for points towards several of the prestigious national medal finals. Sean Leckie claimed the blue in the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase, while Kelli Cruciotti took the win in the Jumper Phase. Courtnay Edwards finished on top in the ASPCA Maclay, and Asha Jain was first in a competitive THIS National Children's Medal class.
Sean Leckie of Reno, NV and Kelli Cruciotti of Elizabeth, CO are two very successful junior riders on the national scene, and they each took home a win in the WIHS Equitation. Leckie won the Hunter Phase with a score of 85, while Cruciotti finished right behind him on a score of 84, good for second place. In the jumper phase, the two riders swapped spots. Cruciotti rode away with the blue, while Leckie received the second place award.
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