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

Veterinarian Describes Missouri Trailer Accident Response

A veterinarian who responded to the deadly trailer accident on Sept. 27 has described his experience with The Horse and how it has impacted him.

A truck carrying 42 horses bound for slaughter overturned early that morning on Read More

Trail Ride in France Featured in "50 Tours of a Lifetime" List

Cross Country International has announced that its Louire Valley Chateau-to-Chateau Trail Ride has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler's "50 Tours of a Lifetime." The ride is described in the magazine's October issue, Read More

Auction Donations Requested to Help Missouri Crash Horses

Veterinarians and veterinary technicians have launched a non-profit organization called St. Louis Horse Heroes (SLHH) to raise funds for the care of the 25 survivors of a horrific Sept. 27 crash of a double-decker trailer that was ferrying the Read More

Possible EHV-1 Cases Have Tracks On-Guard

The racing industry is safeguarding against equine herpesvirus-1 in light of a possible equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., where several horses have developed fevers and are being tested for the illness. Read More

Ultrasonography for Laryngeal Evaluation

Endoscopy is the current diagnostic method of choice for evaluating the equine upper airway. However, veterinarians at Cornell University for the first time have described ultrasound techniques for evaluating the equine larynx, and they say the Read More

CEM Reported in Wisconsin

Wisconsin animal health officials have reported two cases of contagious equine metritis (CEM) in Mount Horeb to the Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health). A ProMED-mail post announced the disease Read More

Lost in the Fog's Ashes to Stay in the Bay Area

Lost in the Fog's owner, Harry Aleo, told the Sacramento Bee yesterday that the Thoroughbred's ashes will be buried at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, Read More

Last Chance to Register for Standardbred Horse Ownership Seminar in Canada

Standardbred Canada has announced that today (Oct. 19) marks the deadline to reserve a seat in a program called "Horse Ownership 101," which will Read More

Hawaii Horses Shaken, but Safe after Earthquake

An early morning earthquake on Sunday (Oct. 15) caused more than $74 million in damage to Hawaii buildings and roadways, but horses rode out the magnitude 6.6 rumble with no major catastrophes. According to several equine veterinarians on the Read More

Walking Horse Champion "Make-Up" Competition Canceled reported yesterday (Oct. 17) that the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association (TWHBEA) has voted to Read More

University of Pennsylvania Newsmagazine Posts Story on Barbaro Team

The University of Pennyslvania's bellwether has published a story about the team that has been treating Barbaro since he shattered his right hind leg in the Preakness Read More

Another EEE Bird Found in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Public Health officials have detected Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a blue jay found in Dover, according to an Oct. 17 press release. A total of five birds have tested positive for EEE in the state this year, in addition to Read More

Two Horses Perish in Civil War Re-enactment

According to a story posted on, two horses died during a re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville Read More

Horses Have Floor Color Preferences

Getting ready to paint a concrete aisle floor or put colored mats in your wash stall? What's the most inviting color? Fear not--there's guidance in science. Researchers have found that horses react more to yellow, white, black, and blue floors, Read More

Pig Charges Horse, Attacks Fallen Rider in the U.K.

The United Kingdom's Daily Echo  reports that a rider was mauled by a pig this week after it charged her horse, Read More

Bee Pollen Product Increases Appetite, Study Shows

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have reported in a pilot study that a bee pollen-based product shows promise in improving athletic horses' feed intake. Read More

"Houdini" Pony Tracks Down Owner

The BBC reports that an 18-year-old Welsh cob pony, "Basil," recently escaped from his new home and "hot hoofed three miles in the dark" back to the farm Read More

West Nile Virus Detected in France

French veterinary officials have reported the confirmation of the country's first equine West Nile virus (WNV) case in two years. The case was detected in Pyrenees-Orientales (southern France) on a farm located at Argeles-sur-mer.

There Read More

Hyperhydration and Cross Country Day

How much hydration is enough, and how much is excessive? Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently found that hyperhydrating (giving extra fluids to) equine athletes before a simulated cross country day of a three-da Read More

Racehorse Bolts, Drowns in Australia

Australia's Herald Sun reported today that a Thoroughbred racehorse drowned after bolting, crashing through a racetrack railing, and Read More

How S. Neurona Gets to the Horse's Central Nervous System

Scientists have shown the protozoan parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) might enter the horse's central nervous system hidden in leukocytes (white blood cells) that cross the blood-brain barrier.

"Horses are Read More

Selle Francais Stallion Stolen in Georgia has reported the theft of a 17.3-hand Selle Francais stallion in Cherokee County, Ga. Stolen Horse International (SHI) has asked the public for assistance in the recovery of this accomplished horse.

Venus Du Vey was stolen from Read More

Cape Town Jockey Suspended for Overriding Horse

South Africa's Independent Online reports that Christopher Puller has been suspended from riding for two months becaus Read More

Illegal Castration of Horses Rife in New Zealand

According to The New Zealand Herald, castration of horses by lay persons is a recurring problem in the country. Two individuals have Read More