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

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

Influenza Cases Emerge in Paso Fino Show Horses

At least 15 cases of equine influenza were detected in the wake of the Paso Fino Horse Association's 34th Annual Grand National Championship Show, which was held Sept. 17-23 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and AgriCenter in Perry, Read More

Equine Disease Data Now Available In One Place

The USDA's new National Surveillance Unit (NSU) has established a web site on which the public can see where equine diseases such as equine infectious anemia (EIA) and vesicular stomatitis (VS) have been detected. Before the launch of this web Read More

Prosecution for Unauthorized Possession of Veterinary Medicines

A U.K. resident was successfully prosecuted last week for possessing unauthorized veterinary medicines, reports the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra).

On Sept. 27, Peter Pippin of Methryr Tydfil was found guilty Read More

Kentucky's WNV Case Count Rises to 15

The Office of the State Veterinarian in Kentucky reported an additional equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) today. This brings the total for 2006 to 15 cases.

The 3-year-old Quarter Horse gelding in Webster County began showing signs o Read More

Guelph Researchers Working on New R. Equi Vaccine

Canadian researchers are working to develop a more effective vaccine for Rhodococcus equi that they hope will protect foals as young as three weeks of age from the harmful bacterium.

Rhodococcus equi lives in the soil Read More

Officials Break Ground for Minnesota Equine Center

A pair of bay Percherons turned the soil at a construction site in St. Paul, Minn., on Aug. 9 and ushered in a new era of equine diagnostics and treatment at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). University official Read More

Equine VS Cases Confirmed in Wyoming

On Aug. 17, the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory announced the first confirmed U.S. case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in 2006. The primary case, a 10-year-old horse, is located near Casper in Natrona County. A second case was confirmed a few day Read More