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NYS Horse Owners Urged To Vaccinate Against West Nile

State agriculture officials in New York are advising horse owners to vaccinate their horses against West Nile virus on the heels of four confirmed cases in the region.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets says there have been four confirmed equine cases of the mosquito-borne infection in the state this year, in Suffolk County, as well as Steuben, Cattaraugus and Livingston Counties in western New York.

Infected mosquitoes can pass West Nile virus to humans, horses and other animals. Symptoms can resemble the flu, with horses appearing mildly anorexic and depressed. Other symptoms are muscle and skin twitching, fever, hypersensitivity to touch and sound, drowsiness and unsteady gait. Read the full article...

Jonathan McCrea Rides to a Double Clear Victory in the
Saugerties $500,000 Grand Prix FEI CSI5*!

Jonathan McCrea Rides to a Double Clear Victory in the
Saugerties $500,000 Grand Prix FEI CSI5*!

The HITS Championship came to a close with the Saugerties $500,000 Grand Prix FEI CSI5* on Sunday afternoon. Three bustling VIP areas and a full grandstand, coupled with crisp fall-like temperatures made for a spectacular day of show jumping. Marina Azevedo of Campinas, Brazil designed a challenging course that that required riders to be careful and cautious, yet also demanded promptness. Five of the 35 riders left all of the jumps up, but only two completed the task within the time allowed; it all came down to Jonathan McCrea and Margie Engle.

McCrea went towards the top of the order in the first round and was the first rider to jump clean. Returning for the Jump-Off, McCrea knew he had to set the bar high with speedster Engle following him. Read the full article...

American Horse Council to Build Universal Equine Microchip Look-Up Tool

(Washington, D.C.)  Through the American Horse Council’s (AHC) work with the United MicrochipStates Department of Agriculture, the United States Animal Health Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and various equine organizations, we have identified the need for a universal equine microchip look-up tool to coordinate and streamline horse identification across multiple breeds.
A universal microchip look-up tool would provide a single source where the general public and various organizations and emergency response teams could find the identity of a horse or the registry with which the microchip number is associated.
“Technology and public opinion have finally aligned to allow microchipping to become an efficient aid when identifying horses.  Microchips are a safe and effective form of identity for sale, competition, or emergency response. We hope that by simplifying the method with which the public can verify a horse’s identity, we can incentivize the country to look into microchipping their horses,” stated AHC President Julie Broadway. Read the full article...

HITS Inc. Wins Major NYS Contract

HITSGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that HITS, Inc., a nationally-recognized special events management company based in Saugerties, Ulster County, has been awarded the contract to book major events at the new Exposition Center located at the New York State Fairgrounds. HITS, Inc. was selected following a Request for Proposals in which the firm provided a unique plan to attract a wide range and variety of events and shows to the venue. At least nine major events new to Upstate New York, including a fall festival, a drone racing competition, and a log home expo, have been booked to date for the Expo Center in 2018 and 2019, with five existing shows planning to expand into the new building next year. Read the full article...

It’s Not Too Early to Score a Deal at the 2018 Equine Affaire, Springfield, MA

Horizon Structures houses horses for horse lovers nationwide in their beautifully crafted Amish barns and multi-purpose buildings. On November 8th through 11th, 2018, when It’s Not Too Early to Score a Deal at the 2018 Equine Affaire, Springfield, MA thousands of horse aficionados convene at the highly successful Equine Affaire, at Springfield, MA, Horizon Structures L.L.C., will again be present as a sponsor and exhibitor.
For folks that are ‘hot to trot’ and busy planning a new barn build within a 300 mile radius of Springfield, MA, now is the time to enjoy a substantial discount off a brand new, customized modular building. It’s an opportunity to save some serious money and enjoy showing off your new low profile four-stall barn at the Equine Affaire to friends and visitors. After the show, Horizon Structures will deliver the barn directly to your property.
Horse owners appreciate the affordability, safety and quality of a Horizon Structures horse barn. Horizon Structures also offers a full range of other outdoor structures, from residential and commercial grade kennels (inquire about similar discount possibilities for the Equine Affaire showcase), coops, outdoor living gazebos, pergolas, pavilions and cabanas, to judge boxes, concession stands, sheds and garages. With financing options available, buyers are able to make a quick application and purchase their dream barn now in time for delivery before the snow flies. Read the full article...

Help for VereransGood News For Veterans ~
House Approves $5 Million for Equine-Assisted Therapy to Aid Veterans

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5895, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act; 2018 that included an amendment to increase funding for the Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant Program for equine-assisted therapy. The amendment, introduced by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) increases funding by $5 million for fiscal year 2019.


Coming Soon! The Latest Book from Catskill Horse Editor Nikki Alvin-Smith ~
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage

With a ton of experience horse breeding, importing, training horse and rider in dressage it Coming Soon! The Latest Book from Catskill Horse Editor Nikki Alvin-Smith ~
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressageis no big surprise that our own Nikki Alvin-Smith has been signed up to write a book on the topic. The book will be chock full of advice on everything dressage from horse selection to piaffe and passage training.

“I’ve always believed that every horse and rider can benefit from dressage training no matter what discipline they currently favor. The advanced levels are attainable for everyone and I love to take the mystique out of all horse training and provide a down to earth program for riders and horses of all abilities. My book will have a humorous touch with the ‘road map’ portion legend that will warn the rider when to put on the brakes or proceed with caution as they train their own horse through the various movements. Classical dressage training is fun and this title will include lots of anecdotal experiences I love to share including travel to buy horses abroad, competing abroad and clinic snafus that have happened during my career. I am thrilled at this opportunity!” said Nikki.

Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage is slated for release in Spring 2018 and will be available for purchase through and Amazon in both print and e-book format.

Colic: Better Options, Better Outcomes

Although many colic cases are mild in nature, others can imperil your horse’s life and career and can require surgery. Today, because of advancements and innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of colic, the chances of survival and return to normal activity following colic surgery have never been better.

Colic signs should always be taken seriously, and although early symptomatic treatment will resolve many mild cases, if a horse fails to respond, it should be considered an emergency. The biggest controllable determinant for a successful surgical outcome is minimizing the duration of clinical signs before surgical intervention. Early correction of twisted intestines can obviate the need for costly resections (removal of sections of intestines). In addition, timely intervention can limit the collateral damage to the intestine, which can lead to serious disruptions in propulsive motility requiring lengthy hospital stays, increased cost and complications such as adhesions. Read the full article...

Standing a Stallion? Cash in on a FREE listing in Catskill Horse Stallion Directory

The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse continues to add more resources to the magazine to service regional horse businesses and horse owners with the addition of a Stallion Directory.
To grab your free listing as a stallion owner please submit the following via email to us at :-
Stallion Name:
Bloodlines to 3 generations:
Registry of Stallion: GOV/VHW etc.
20 words or less highlighting his credentials:
Stud Fee: Up to you whether you want to list or show as Private Treaty
Location where stallion stands:  Town/State ( Your full address if you wish published)
Contact Name:
Contact Tel #:
Contact Email:
Website address:
And most importantly a great photo! Must be copyright released to us by photographer if not your own to release.

Degas BridleThe Horse Studio, The International Equestrian Shop Launches New Year Round Charity Campaign

Pick your favorite charity, horse rescue/sanctuary, therapeutic riding program and send their name to the online tack store The Horse Studio and they will consider the charity for their giving campaign. The organization must be a registered 501c charity. A percentage of sales from the strap goods (bridles/halters/leather leads etc.) on their site will be donated to the charity.

Congratulations to the latest addition to the program, Northeast Hackney Rescue & Sanctuary, of Brookfield, New York. Simply add their name in the comments box of your order of any Masters line bridle or any leather halter and they will receive 5% of the proceeds from the item sold!


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