Show officials around the country have been cracking down on enforcement of having negative Coggins tests with horses. For example, two trailerloads of entries into a Mobile, Ala., horse show made the news in February when they were rejected for not complying with the regulation that requires horses participating in shows to have a negative Coggins test taken within the last 12 months. The Gulf Central Horseman’s Association has been enforcing the regulation since December 1998, but this was the first occasion the group had turned away horses. The owners were upset, said show management, but hopefully will be spurred to comply in the future. Most owners within this association—and others like it—have a copy of their current negative Coggins on file with the organization.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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