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Articles from 2020 In June

spoga horse focuses on annual event


From 2021 onwards the industry will be meeting up at its leading trade fair in Cologne in the spring. Together with leading representatives from the international equestrian sport industry, Koelnmesse has decided to only stage spoga horse once a year in Cologne in future. After close consultation with the exhibitors, the discussions with the industry that commenced a year ago with the aim of creating the most important, international equestrian sport industry event worldwide led to this decision. The future concentration on a leading trade fair in the spring will clearly increase the benefit for both the exhibitors and the visitors even further. "It is our vision to position spoga horse as the leading trade fair for the entire equestrian sport and equine industry worldwide," explained Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. "Together with the industry, we will in future bring all of the relevant players together in Cologne once a year."

In close cooperation with the industry, the next spoga horse will now be organized from Feb. 6 to 8, 2021, in Halls 7 and 8 of Koelnmesse. As of 2020 already, no event will be held in the autumn.

The following companies amongst others have already confirmed their participation for February: Albert Kerbl, Bense & Eicke, Busse, Döbert, Ekkia, Equest, Erreplus Saddlery, Fleck Reit- und Fahrpeitschen, G. Passier & Sohn, Haas-Manufaktur, Herm. Sprenger Metallwarenfabrik, HKM Sports Equipment, Horseware Products, HV Equestrian, Kask, Kavalkade, KEP Italia, Komperdell/Camaro, Leovet, Malefiz - Hobo Shoes, MM-Cosmetic (Zedan), QHP, Pfiff Pfitzner Reitsport, Prestige Italy, Reitstiefel Königs, Roeckl Sporthandschuhe, Schmidt Sporthandschuhe, Schweizer-Effax, Suedwind Equestrian H+P, Theo Sommer Sattlerwarenfabrik, Trust Equestrian, USG United Sportproducts Germany and Waldhausen.

"We invested a lot of time evaluating possible scenarios and are delighted that our exhibitors are supporting the result of our considerations and discussions. Together we will in future create a complete overview of the industry in the spring and will thus lend spoga horse new international appeal," is how Catja Caspary, Vice President of Koelnmesse GmbH reaffirmed the decision.

"This forward-looking decision, which was taken jointly by Koelnmesse and the international equestrian sport trade at eye level, is a cost-effective and intelligent solution both for all of the exhibitors and for the trade visitors," said Klaus Geuecke, International Business Development Kerbl GmbH, welcoming the new cycle. "spoga horse is thus advancing into becoming the leading international trade fair for the equestrian sport and thanks to the new, partly also digital concept, is without doubt going to be a crowd-puller."

"Prestige Italia, which has been collaborating with  Koelnmesse for years, supports spoga's decision to have a single edition in 2021. We believe in the innovations that Koelnmesse will bring and with pleasure  confirm our presence at  Spoga Horse 2021", said  Anna Bauce, Marketing  Department and Event Manager Prestige.

"We are convinced that focusing on one event offers major advantages for the exhibitors and visitors and that it will be a success for all persons concerned. The attention will be concentrated on this one important event and not be distributed between two dates in the year as in the past. As such, spoga horse will once again become an important and worldwide acclaimed event, which reflects the entire spectrum of the industry," said a delighted Martin Sprenger, Executive Director of Sprenger Metallwarenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG.

New start with new formats and new target groups
In the scope of the new spoga horse, this decision to set a new venue date and cycle will allow the successful exhibition, conference and networking components to be interlinked with each other more strongly in future. The new hall situation in the Northern section that additionally comprises of Hall 7 now offers sufficient growth potential for spoga horse. In future, segments such as stable construction or transport as well as service providers like insurance companies or travel operators are to be more strongly integrated into the event. In terms of visitors, spoga horse is open to all commercial professionals from the equestrian industry, who in this way revive their own business and after informing themselves extensively can optimally advise their customers. Conference and networking offers will ensure an inspiring exchange of knowledge. To this end, existing successful formats will be continued and pepped up and completely new formats will be developed. In the scope of additional, digital offers and Matchmaking365+, we will also enable exhibitors and visitors to contact each other beyond the fair grounds and the exhibition dates.

Dallas Market issues updates for health and safety

Dallas market

Dallas Market Center (DMC) will soon begin welcoming buyers back but in doing so has enacted new health and safety measures that will continue for the foreseeable future.

According to DMC, the efforts are the result of studying recommendations by national and local health authorities, listening to the advice of Dr. Trish Perl-DeLisle, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and following the ordinance passed by Dallas County Commissioners requiring masks inside all businesses.

How will the temperature screening work? The number of entrances into DMC will be limited beginning Tuesday morning. Available entrances will include World Trade Center front, garage and Dock 1; Trade Mart front and West; and IHDC front. Once inside, each person will be quickly temperature checked each day - this includes showroom personnel, buyers, staff and contractors. Each person will receive a colored sticker in order to proceed into the marketplace. Anyone with a temperature above 100 will be escorted to a waiting area and screened a second time. Anyone with a consistently elevated temperature will not be allowed into the marketplace.

What about masks? DMC said it is cooperating with the recent Dallas County Order stating all individuals must wear an approved personal protective mask or cloth face covering. These masks or coverings must be worn at all times throughout the building common areas, except while eating in designated locations.

DMC will have masks on hand for those that need them. Customers without masks will not be granted access.

Transportation: There will be no shuttles nor valet offered during June market.

Market Events: Events will be very limited for safety purposes, but expect Virtual Trend Tours, retailer insights and socially distanced hospitality, said DMC.

FAQ: DMC has taken many of the expected questions about visiting Dallas Market Center and created a Frequently Asked Questions document. Review the information here about market operations, safety, and more.

Kansas confirms vesicular stomatitis in horses

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) announced that vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) was confirmed in horses in Butler County, Kan., on June 16, making Kansas the fourth state in the U.S. to have confirmed VSV cases this year.

KDA said the infected horses live on different private residences in south-central Kansas. When clinical signs were first identified on a premises in Butler County, KDA contacted veterinarians in the region to alert them of the possibility of VSV, which led to additional suspected cases in the area.

Upon receiving the laboratory confirmation, KDA said it established a quarantine on the three affected premises. KDA has tested a number of other animals in the region that are showing clinical signs consistent with VSV and are awaiting final laboratory testing.

“Protecting the health and safety of horses and other livestock in Kansas is our highest priority,” KDA animal health commissioner Dr. Justin Smith said. “We encourage all livestock owners across Kansas to be aware of the clinical signs of VSV and follow best practices to limit exposure to insects. Livestock owners should take extra precautions to limit exposure to other animals.”

VSV is a viral disease that primarily affects horses but can also affect cattle, sheep, goats, swine, llamas and alpacas. In horses, VSV is typically characterized by lesions that appear as crusting scabs on the muzzle, lips, ears, coronary bands or ventral abdomen. Other clinical signs of the disease include fever and the formation of blister-like lesions in the mouth and on the dental pad, tongue, lips, nostrils, ears, hooves and teats.

Infected animals may refuse to eat and drink, which can lead to weight loss. Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for infected animals and costly to their owners. Humans can also become infected with the disease when handling affected animals and can develop flu-like symptoms.

The primary way the virus is transmitted is from biting insects like black flies, sand flies and midges. KDA said owners should institute aggressive measures to reduce flies and other insects where animals are housed. VSV can also be spread by nose-to-nose contact between animals. The virus itself usually runs its course in five to seven days, and it can take up to an additional seven days for the infected animal to recover from the symptoms. Premises with animals diagnosed with VSV are quarantined for at least 14 days after the last affected animal is diagnosed. There are no U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved vaccines for VSV.

VSV is considered a reportable disease in Kansas. Anyone who suspects that their animals may have VSV should contact their local veterinarian or state animal health official.

When VSV was confirmed in neighboring states this spring, KDA implemented increased importation requirements from the affected regions to help prevent the spread of VSV into Kansas. Because of the confirmed case in Kansas, KDA said other states and Canada are likely to increase restrictions on livestock imports. Animal health officials strongly encourage all livestock owners and veterinarians to call the animal health authority in the destination location for the most current import requirements prior to travel.

Virginia Gold Cup will run without spectators

Every May, on the same date as the Kentucky Derby, one of the nation’s largest steeplechase events takes place in Northern Virginia. As an event that has been run on the first Saturday in May for the past 94 years, the Virginia Gold Cup is considered to be Virginia’s answer to the Kentucky Derby. Like other industries, COVID-19 has forced the equestrian industry to quickly pivot due to ongoing restrictions. Now, having had to cancel the May event on its 95th year, the Virginia Gold Cup will be held June 27 without spectators and with limited people on the grounds (participants and essential personnel only.) It will be livestreamed and will be available at no cost.

“We wanted to provide a venue for the steeplechase/racing industry to be able to get horses out and receive some financial support in the form of purse money,” explained Dr. William Allison, chairman of the Virginia Gold Cup Association. “Jockeys and trainers have continued training their horses all spring without having anywhere to run them. This will provide a great opportunity.”

Race meets have been cancelled all spring and this has left the horse industry flat out with unprecedented hardship. The steeplechase community has come together to try to maintain the employment of more than 1,000 jockeys, trainers and many others on farms who exercise and care for the horses. The 95th running of the Virginia Gold Cup will provide purse money for participants. Even more importantly, it will provide a viable and tangible boost to keep many working in the equine industry employed.

The equine industry is important to Virginia’s economy. A 2018/19 report by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that the horse industry brings more than $2 billion annually in economic development to the Commonwealth. The report noted that there are more than 183,643 horses in the state that provide approximately 38,874 jobs. It also stated that there are 30.5% or one million households that contain horse enthusiasts. “The viability of the horse industry is an important component for the Commonwealth’s economy,” Allison added.

The 95th Virginia Gold Cup will be held with limited people on-site—participants and essential personnel only.  “We’ve worked closely with the National Steeplechase Association and Virginia Equine Alliance to find a way to run the Virginia Gold Cup that follows the current restrictions, but helps support the struggling horse industry in Virginia,” Allison added. “It will be a bittersweet day without our loyal fans in attendance, but ultimately being able to host race day is a victory for us. We are hopeful racegoers will tune into the livestream.”

The Virginia Gold Cup encourages race fans to tune in and celebrate with appropriate socially- distanced Gold Cup watch parties. Tailgate recipes and hat photos, in honor of the annual Hat and Tailgate Contests, can be shared on the VGCA facebook, Instagram, and twitter.  Viewers can tune in to http://nsa.network.video/ to live stream the event on June 27 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

For more information visit vagoldcup.com.


FDA lowers population estimates for cats, horses

Shutterstock horses in stable

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration said June 2 it is revising its estimates of the numbers of cats and horses in the U.S., based on information from the American Veterinary Medical Assn. (AVMA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

FDA said the population estimates from both species have decreased since the last estimate, made in 2014.

FDA relied on the most recent (2018) AVMA survey to revise the population estimate of cats in the U.S. downward from 74 million to 58.4 million, a 21% decrease. For horses, FDA utilized both the AVMA survey and information from USDA’s periodic surveys of farm animal populations to estimate the U.S. horse population at 3.8 million. This is a 22% decrease from the previous estimate of 4.9 million horses.

FDA explained that population estimates are important for helping determine potential eligibility for drugs to be used for “minor uses” — when the intended use of a drug is in a major species (horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, turkeys and chickens) for a disease or condition that occurs infrequently or in limited geographic areas and in only a “small number” of animals annually. Such “small numbers” are set through rule-making, but accurate population estimates have an effect upon whether a particular disease or condition qualifies as a minor use, FDA said.

In essence, if the population decreases, the likelihood of a particular disease or condition being considered a minor use increases, the agency added.

The Minor Use/Minor Species (MUMS) program is part of FDA’s continuing mission to assure that safe and effective animal drugs are available to meet the health needs of a wide range of diverse species. New animal drugs that are intended for minor uses in major species or for use in minor species qualify for certain incentives, including MUMS Designation, Conditional Approval and waivers from user fees.

FDA said MUMS-designated drugs are eligible to receive exclusive marketing rights and grants to support product development and approval. Conditional Approval permits quicker access to the marketplace.

“Minor species” are all animals other than humans that are not one of the major species. They include animals such as parrots, zoo animals, ornamental fish, ferrets and guinea pigs. Some animals of agricultural importance are also minor species, including sheep, goats, catfish, game birds and honeybees, among others.