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Tevis 2012: Grounds for Research

A horse leaves Robinson Flat at the 2012 Tevis Cup Ride.

The 100-mile Tevis Cup endurance ride got underway at Lake Tahoe in the wee hours of morning, marking the 57th running of the event. The extremity of the terrain – sheer descents, vertical climbs and rivers to be forged – lend it mythic status, its place in history guaranteed by the fact that it is […]

EHV-1 strikes Indio on eve of HITS

Caution sign with red horse indicating "bio hazard"

A second Southern California region went on high alert for EHV-1 on Jan. 20 when a diseased horse was identified at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Riverside County. The horse ― which displayed neurological signs of the Equine Herpes Virus 1 ― was euthanized on Jan. 23 after testing positive and the facility was […]

CDFA finds 3 new cases of EHV-1 in OC

Caution sign with red horse indicating "bio hazard"

The California Department of Food and Agriculture reported today that it has confirmed three new cases of neuropathogenic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) at the quarantined Orange County premises where the disease surfaced earlier this month. That brings to a total of eight confirmed positive horses on the premises of that particular facility. All exposed horses […]

Show Goes On Despite EHV-1

A veterinarian poses with a horse.

The five cases of EHV-1 diagnosed Jan. 11-15 in Orange County, CA, have been contained, according to sources close to the situation. Although the California Department of Food and Agriculture has not given the official “all clear,” animal health branch chief Dr. Kent Fowler confirmed that the five cases were identified at a single facility […]

California: EHV-1 Contained


With no new confirmed EHV-1 cases since June 3, the California Department of Food and Agriculture on June 20 declared the outbreak contained. Containment is based on the fact that California has gone more than 14 days from the last clinical onset date without any new confirmed cases. The neuropathogenic strain of Equine Herpes Virus-1 […]

EHV-1: Not Quite Armageddon


There’s much concern—and even some hysteria and misinformation—about an outbreak of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) caused by Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) that occurred at the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah, from April 30–May 8. As of May 25, there were 18 confirmed cases of EHM in California; one was […]

Emergency Personnel Ride into South Bay


Cowboy Boot Camp has been tapped by the City of Rolling Hills Estates to assist in the development of a “Loose Horse Preparedness” program for emergency first-responders in the Palos Verdes Peninsula area. The program was prompted over concerns that many law enforcement officials in the equestrian community are typically not familiar with the proper […]

L.A. Street Tragedy Results in Mare’s Death

L.A. Street Tragedy Results in Mare’s Death

When Bert Bonnett turns 101 on February 19, it’ll be without his beloved mare Cassie. Bonnett and the Missouri Foxtrotter were a regular presence in the Los Angeles equestrian community, where large trail rides to celebrate his birthday have become the stuff of legend. Cassie was euthanized on Dec. 6, following a tragic accident in […]

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