The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) has been made aware of an outbreak of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) in the state of Ohio and Kentucky. As a result of the confirmation from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), the IEA will be relocating the Zone 5, Region 3 Hunt Seat Regional Finals that were to be held on March 3, 2018 at the Ohio Expo Center. This Regional Finals horse show was to be held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival. In order to prevent the spread of the virus from horses coming from potentially contaminated facilities, the IEA will host the Zone 5 Region 3 Hunt Seat Regionals only at two private equestrian facilities in central Ohio on March 3, 2018. Thus limiting the additional exposure to livestock.

The ODA has confirmed positive cases of Equine Herpes Virus in four horses at separate locations around the state. ODA has placed multiple facilities under quarantine and is actively investigating where these animals have been and what other animals might have been exposed. ODA has confirmed two of the positive horses raced at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. Those animals are currently under quarantine at separate facilities. One of the two raced at Miami Valley Gaming near Lebanon January 13 and 24. Testing confirms they have EHV-1 but neither animal is showing clinical signs of illness. Additionally, two horses at the University of Findlay have tested positive for EHV. These animals are also not showing clinical symptoms. ODA has placed the University of Findlay equine facilities under quarantine. Currently, the department does not believe these animals are connected to the other positive tests, but epidemiological investigations are underway.

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Now in its 16th year, the IEA has more than 13,600 middle and high school student-riders across the United States riding Hunt Seat and Western. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. More information can be found at www.rideiea.org

Kimber Whanger 
IEA Communications Coordinator
Kimber@rideiea.org | 614.542.9415

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