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

$75,000 East Meets West Hunter Challenge

More than 130 top hunter horses are currently battling for qualifying slots in the $75,000 East Meets West Hunter Challenge--the largest purse ever offered in a hunter competition. On March 12, the top 10 hunter horses in Indio, Ocala, and Read More

Blood-Horse Launches ECLIPSE PRESS

The Blood-Horse, Inc., an international publishing house for top Thoroughbred and general equine magazines, books, videos, CD-Roms and annual references, announces "ECLIPSE PRESS" as its new book publishing division. Previously, Blood-Horse Read More

Qualifications Announced For Junior Dressage Team Championships

Applications are now being accepted for the 2000 AHSA/Cosequin Junior Dressage Team Championships, scheduled to be held August 10-13 at High Prairie Farm, Parker, Colorado. The fourth annual Jr. Championships are one of three AHSA competitions t Read More

Surprise Win For Barrongate At AHSA Vaulting Selection Trial

The Barronsgate Vaulting Team stunned spectators with a beautifully composed and solidly performed Kur (freestyle routine) on the last day of these AHSA selection trials in Agoura, CA. The spectators responded with a standing ovation. Coming fro Read More

Seniors Day at HITS Desert Horse Park

Seniors will be admitted free to the HITS Desert Horse Park in Indio, California on March 5 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for the Fourth Annual Seniors Day festivities. Sponsored by Heritage Palms, KESQ TV3, and the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, Read More

Europe Lifts West Nile Virus Restrictions

The American Horse Council reports that all restrictions in connection with the West Nile virus outbreak in the United States have been lifted on shipping horses to the European Union. The change took effect as of February 1. Read More

National Reining Breeders Classic 2000 Will Be Better Than Ever

In just its first two years, the National Reining Breeders Classic has paid out over a half million dollars and has become the largest added money reining event in the world, with over $215,000 added.

According to NRBC officials, the Read More

EU Extends Meat Export Ban Date By One Month

Due to United States measures to improve the monitoring program to test for unauthorized substances in fresh meat and meat products, the European Union's import ban of hormone-free beef or any other meat or meat product will not be imposed befor Read More

EU Ban Affects Slaughter Industry

An ongoing struggle between the European Union (EU) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the importation of U.S. beef containing growth hormones has, in turn, brought the U.S. slaughter horse industry to a halt. Read More

USDA Declares Qatar Free Of African Horse Sickness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a final rule declaring Qatar, a small country on the Persian Gulf, free of African horse sickness (AHS). This change in disease status relieves import restrictions on horses from Qatar.

"Thi Read More

Florida HBPA Announces Gold Level Sponsorship

The Florida Horsemen's Protective and Benevolent Association (HBPA), in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of equine health and its impact on performance, has partnered with Merial, the maker of GASTROGARD (omeprazole) Paste, the Read More

Millennium Mustang Adoption -- A Success in Cyberspace

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) started the new millennium off in a big way—adopting 35 mustangs through cyberspace. Over 288 applications flooded into BLM computer e-mail in-boxes during the three week Read More

AHSA Announces Winners Of Seventh Annual Media Awards

The AHSA has announced the winners of the seventh annual AHSA Media Awards. The 1999 honorees represent a full spectrum of media outlets, including print and broadcast journalism, and all of the winners share a common talent: producing Read More

In Pennsylvania 22 Horses Destroyed Due to EIA

The total number of horses which have tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in northeastern Pennsylvania has risen to 23. Twenty-two of the horses have been destroyed, and three remain under quarantine. Another horse tested positive Read More

Big Ben Dies At 23

Big Ben, Canada's most famous show jumping horse, died early Saturday, Dec. 11, from colic. He was 23.

Big Ben, ridden for over a decade by Ian Millar of Perth, came down with colic around 6 p.m. EST on Friday. He was euthanized in orde Read More

Summary Of West Nile Virus In The United States

Courtesy of USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, Emergency Programs
Infectious Disease Table Topics, AAEP Convention
(Report of November 18, 1999)

West Nile Virus (WNV) has been identified in birds, mosquitoes, Read More

Michigan Hay Surplus

A very favorable summer growing season over much of Michigan has produced a tremendous supply of surplus hay for many farms. According to Jerry Lindquist, the coordinator of the Michigan Hay Seller's List and Michigan State University (MSU) Read More

EIA Positives At 21 in Pennsylvania

According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), as of Nov. 2, a total of 21 equids have tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Wayne County since Sept. 18. Eighteen of these have been destroyed; Read More

Europe Bans Import Of U.S. Horses Originating In WNV-Affected Areas

Last minute negotiations between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the European Commission have failed to stop a ban on the importation of U.S. horses from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey into Europe. The American Horse Council learned Read More

17 Pa. Horses Positive For EIA

Seventeen equines have tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia in Wayne County since Sept. 18, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA). Fourteen of the equines have been destroyed, and the other three are quarantined. Read More

Mexico Removes CEM Testing Requirements For U.S. Horses

The USDA announced Oct. 15 that U.S. horses exported to Mexico will no longer be tested for contagious equine metritis (CEM) and quarantined for 30 days.

"The United States has been Read More

The Latest West Nile Virus Update

Twenty-one of the cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses were handled and treated by the Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital, in Laurel, N.Y. Of those 21, eight have died or were euthanized. An additional horse, a Thoroughbred, might be Read More

West Nile Virus Confirmed (no longer "-like")

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the unique disease outbreak in NY horses is no longer the "West Nile-like" virus. It now has been confirmed as the actual West Nile virus.

Centers for Disease Control have not ye Read More

Hong Kong Temporarily Suspends Import Of Horses From North America

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According to an Excite Sports report (, the Hong Kong Jockey Club said on Wednesday, Oct. 20, it was temporarily suspending the import of Read More

West Nile Virus 1999 Update

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday confirmed that in Suffolk County, NY, at least one dead horse tested positive for the West Nile-like virus. Another 10 horses that displayed symptoms Read More