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

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

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

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

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

Herpesvirus In Florida: Cases Hold Steady at Nine

The number of positive neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) cases in the state stands at nine horses--seven in the Wellington area, one in Ocala, and one in Indiantown--according to today's update (Dec. 27) from Florida's Department of Read More

Virginia Maryland Group Works at Solving the EPM Enigma

Researchers have puzzled over how Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite notorious for causing equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), travels from the intestine, through the blood-brain barrier, and into the centra Read More

Morehead Elected to the AAEP Board of Directors

James "Jim" P. Morehead, DVM, has been elected to the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) board of directors. He will begin his term as District IV Director today (Dec. 5) at the AAEP 52nd Annual Convention in San Antonio, Read More

Animal Control Needs Housing for 40 Seized Maryland Horses

Days End Farm Horse Rescue of Lisbon, Md., currently has 20 horses at its farm that were seized in the Washington County animal control case. Washington County Animal Control is Read More

Double-Decker Disaster Leaves 17 of 42 Horses Dead

A truck carrying 42 horses bound for slaughter overturned early Sept. 27 on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Mo. Seventeen horses died immediately or were later euthanatized due to extensive injuries, and the remaining 24 horses and a hinny are in Read More

World Champion Barrel Horse Gelding Cloned

The genes of another champion gelding will be available in just a few years for producing future generations of equine athletes. Scientists have produced a clone from the cells of legendary barrel racing horse Scamper. A colt that has matching Read More

Humane Society of Missouri Secures Ownership of Accident Horses

The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) announced this morning (Nov. 2) in a release that it has finalized an agreement that gives the organization ownership of the survivors of the Sept. Read More

Sixteen Horses Removed From Ohio Farm, the online edition of The Vindicator, has reported that 16 malnourished horses have been removed from a boarding farm in Canfield, Read More

Fireworks Startle Police Horse; Officer Sustains Injuries in Fall

According to an article on St. Louis', fireworks set off at Busch Stadium last night (Oct. 27) startled a police horse, causing it to buck off its rider. The celebratory fireworks were launched as the Cardinals game Read More

Missing Selle Francais Stallion Found Deceased

A Selle Francais stallion reported missing from Cherokee County, Ga., last month had fallen in a well on the property where he lived. Venus Du Vey's owner, Anne DuPard, has thanked the horse community for its support and a fund has been set up i Read More

N.J. Track's Caution is Judicious and Smart, Says Vet Expert

Little information will be available on the status of five horses that developed fevers at Monmouth Park racetrack in New Jersey until tests are returned on nasal swabs from the animals. The horses reportedly have not shown any neurologic signs. Read More

Missouri Crash Victims Recovering: Three Remain Hospitalized

Twenty-two of the equine victims that survived a crash in eastern Missouri last month are recovering at the Humane Society of Missouri's (HSMO) Longmeadow Rescue Ranch near Union. Three others are being nursed at area veterinary hospitals. Read More

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