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.

Articles by Stephanie L. Church

Joint Authorities--Orthopedic State of the Art (BEVA 2007)

Two veterinarians compiled the latest on equine orthopedic topics and presented it to their colleagues at the 46th British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, held in Edinburgh, Scotland Read More

The Genetics Revolution

Mapping the horse genome used to be a pie-in-the-sky type of wish for veterinary geneticists: Understanding the genetic makeup of the horse could help them unlock a plethora of equine health mysteries and improve horse care. It was a tough Read More

BEVA 2007: Students Win Clinical Research Awards at BEVA

Each year at the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress (BEVA), the organization awards prizes to top student presentations in the clinical research portion of the program. The 2007 award winners’ talks were both rooted in orthopedics, Read More

Face Flies Linked to Sarcoid Spread?

A U.K. veterinarian has possibly linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, one of the most commonly encountered equine neoplasias (tumors), and it is conceivable that the risk of spreading sarcoids could be minimized through horse Read More

New Targets for Sarcoid Therapy

Ask a roomful of horse people if they've ever seen a sarcoid, and you'll probably see a bunch of hands rise, and many knowing nods or eyerolls of owners who have dealt with these frustrating, usually benign tumors. Sarcoids are the most common Read More

BEVA 2007: List of Links to Articles

The Horse attended three days of the 46th British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress held in Edinburgh, Scotland, last September. Following are some research highlights presented at the meeting.

Read the February 200 Read More

Australian Flu Cases Contained to Movement-Restricted Areas

Equine influenza has been contained to the equine movement-restricted areas of New South Wales and Queensland. Read More

Boy Dragged Behind Horse in India

The Times of India reported that a 10-year-old boy was hospitalized Sunday (Sept. 2) after being dragge Read More

Building Back: Two Years after Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, many coastal Louisiana horse owners said "enough's enough" and moved farther inland, while others stayed behind to reclaim their farms that were battered and drenched by the storm. Either way, most have Read More

Reporting Adverse Drug Effects

Horses have their own unique physiological makeup that reacts to therapeutic medications differently. Read More

Gas Leak a Possible Cause of 27 Horse Deaths

A natural gas leak might have caused the deaths of 27 ranch horses in southern Idaho near Malta, according to an online report from Twin Falls’ Times-News.

A spokeswoman for Northwest Pipeline said company personnel found 16 Read More

Officials Investigating Horse Deaths Near Dry Lake in Central Nevada

According to an Associated Press article on, federal officials have launched an investigation into the deaths of 55 wild horses and an antelope found close to a watering hole on a Central Read More

Beyond the Surface: Imaging Referral Practices

He's been poked and prodded, trotted in straight lines and flexed, hoof-tested and blocked, and yet there's nothing standing out in these examinations or on his X rays that would explain your horse's intermittent lameness. There are no obvious Read More

Rolex Alleged Abuse Case Hearing Scheduled for June 25

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport, announced Friday (June 1) that U.S. eventing rider Amy Tryon has requested a hearing regarding an incident of alleged abuse that occurred o Read More

Colt Rescued After Getting Stuck in Hay Van

A 2-year-old Welsh Cob colt climbed into a bit of a predicament in southern England yesterday afternoon (March 23), when he became lodged inside of a van full of hay. Freeing the horse, named Triple Five, required 14 firefighters, a Read More

New Tack, Equipment for the New Orleans Mounted Unit

When the levees broke and flooded New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the city's mounted police unit stables in City Park had been evacuated, but a majority of the unit's tack and equipment was left behind.

On Feb. 2, the American Read More

Hormone and Drug Use in the Stallion

Many hormone and drug treatments could have a negative impact on the endocrine system, so it's best to avoid using them altogether in the breeding stallion. However, Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, of the University of Pennsylvania's School Read More

Reproductive Evaluation of the Stallion

When a veterinarian is considering a stallion's suitability as a breeding animal, the horse's history, current physical condition, and libido are just as important as his semen quality. Read More

Immunostimulant Helps Mares with Endometritis Maintain Pregnancy

"Post-breeding endometritis is a major cause of subfertility, affecting approximately 15% of mares," said John Steiner, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "We know it's a big problem, so we've tried an adjunct treatment to see Read More

Another Approach to Equine Castration

The use of the Stone Henderson Equine Castration Instrument, which allows veterinarians to geld colts using an attachment on a battery-powered drill, has gained speed since its debut at the 2005 American Association of Equine Practitioners' Read More

New Twin Reduction Procedure

"We know that twinning has a profound impact on the mare," said Karen Wolfsdorf, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "The presence of twins post-fixation (after the embryonic vesicle becomes stationary on about the 16th day after Read More

Reproductive Field Surgery

Castration and Caslick's procedures generally come to mind at the mention of reproductive surgeries that can be performed in the field, but Dwayne Rodgerson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, says there are plenty of othe Read More

Buserelin Use in the Anestrus Mare

A compounded drug has shown considerable promise in treating anestrus mares--those that are not cycling and thus are difficult to impregnate. Walter Zent, DVM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, described his experience using Buserelin in mare Read More

New Developments in Stallion Nutrition

Name a part of your horse you'd like to enhance--anything from his coat or hooves to his stamina--and there's likely a supplement for it. Marketed alongside the products that improve joint function and breathing ability, there are supplements Read More

Disease Prevention: Fluid Spill Cleanup Methods Crucial

Blood and body fluid spills present challenges to the equine practitioner when dealing with contagious animals. While contaminated surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible, the methods used should be deliberate. The recent Read More