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

Biosecurity and Salmonella

He mentioned a study that revealed 85% of horses on one farm were shedding Salmonella, and he said many farm managers are realizing these infections aren't just a hospital problem anymore. Read More

Rhodococcus equi Discussed

Rhodococcus equi is a bacterium in the soil that can travel to, and multiply within, the foal's lungs, causing a deadly pneumonia if it is not caught and treated early. Hines described the possibility of developing vaccines with genetic targets that Read More

Diagnosing Chronic Colic with Ultrasound: ACVIM 2006

Evaluating and treating prolonged cases of colic--those lasting three days or more--can be problematic. Horses with prolonged colic generally aren't in enough pain for surgery, and they respond temporarily to medicines. But the condition Read More

ACVIM 2006: New Nutrition Software

Researchers have completed the new National Research Council (NRC) report that describes nutritional requirements of the horse. The report is expected to be released this fall to update the previous publication, which was distributed in 1989. Read More

Detecting Fluid Shifts in Dehydrated Horses: ACVIM 2006

Veterinarians could use a non-invasive procedure to detect fluid shifts in dehydrated horses and respond with treatment more readily than with usual methods such as blood work. Read More

Echocardiographs and Pulmonary Arterial Pressures

Researchers have found that echocardiographic measurements of the pulmonary artery, aorta, and heart chambers gave a valid estimate of pulmonary artery pressures (PAP) in horses. The ability to measure PAP is key to diagnosing and following Read More

Small Volume Resuscitation in Anesthetized Endotoxemic Horses

Endotoxemia occurs when toxins from the wall of Gram-negative bacteria crosses the intestinal wall and gains access to the bloodstream. Endotoxin becomes concentrated on the surface of white blood cells, causing them to secrete inflammatory agents. Read More

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Research

There are many reasons why wounds fail to heal. Some wounds, especially chronic ones, are hypoxic, meaning they lack oxygen. Therefore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be used to re-oxygenate wounds and help them heal. Read More

Horse Dead After Falling from Trailer on Oregon Freeway

According to (, a Morgan-Arabian cross died Friday morning after kicking the back Read More

Two More WNV Cases in Kentucky

West Nile virus (WNV) remains on the radar of Kentucky agriculture officials; two new equine cases were confirmed Friday (Sept. 8). Nine horses have been infected with the disease in 2006.

A 4-year-old Rocky Mountain Horse mare in Adair Read More

Five Premises Under VS Quarantine in Wyoming

The USDA has reported the detection of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in nine horses on five premises in eastern Wyoming. Vesicular stomatitis, which normally moves up from the Southwest along waterways, has not appeared elsewhere in the country this Read More

Horse Genome Map in the Works

A Thoroughbred mare will soon join the human, mouse, dog, and other species on the list of mammals whose genomes have been sequenced and mapped. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is currently working on a high-level equine Read More

Genome Chosen as $2.5-Million Consortium Project

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) and the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine (UM) announced on Aug. 9 that the foundation has committed to raise $2.5 million over five years to fund the consortium project titled "Program in Equin Read More

West Nile Virus in 31 States

Thirty-one states have reported detecting West Nile virus (WNV) in 2006, according to the latest data reported on the U.S. Geological Survey web site (last updated July 25). The disease has infected horses in 10 states: Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Read More

Clone of Show Jumping Gelding Born

Researchers announced the June 2 birth of a clone of the Warmblood show jumping champion E.T. The colt, named E.T.Cryozootech-Stallion, was produced to further the 20-year-old gelding's line.

According to release from Cryozootech, a French Read More

Foals are Interferon-Gamma Deficient at Birth

Newborn foals are deficient in a certain protein released by white blood cells that is essential for protection against the bacterium Rhodococcus equi and other pathogens, stated scientists at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Read More

Wading Through Katrina's Aftermath

Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages' trucks were gassed and ready to evacuate horses and mules yesterday (Aug. 29) from New Orleans, La., as Hurricane Ernesto began its move toward the United States. Fortunately, the storm didn't track toward the Read More

Soring Controversy Delays Walking Horse Show

News Channel 5 in Nashville, Tenn., reported on Saturday (Aug. 26) the postponement of the 68th annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration due to a soring controversy. The trainers' association suspended the celebration after federal inspectors Read More

"Thank God We Got Out!"

One Recovery Story From New Orleans

Foresight, planning, and quick action allowed 72 horses to be rushed from Equest Farm in New Orleans, La., to safety before Hurricane Katrina hit on this day last year. Among the stories of Read More

Florida: Fewer Mosquitoes, Fewer EEE Cases

Fifteen cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been detected in Florida this year, prompting veterinarians to conclude that drought has been keeping mosquito numbers down. Typically, the state logs an average of 65 cases by the end of Read More

Two More Equine WNV Cases in Kentucky

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office announced today (Aug. 23) that two more cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses have been confirmed, bringing the total equine case count to four.

"Results of testing received today from the Read More

Florida Increases Import Restrictions on Livestock from VS States

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, announced to the state's practitioners on Aug. 18 that it has modified livestock import restrictions due to the recent detection of vesicular stomatitis Read More

Eastern Encephalitis Cases Logged in Florida

Florida Agriculture officials confirmed today (Aug. 21) that15 cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been logged so far in 2006. Of those, only one horse was recorded as current on its EEE vaccination; the vaccination status on most of Read More

One Confirmed Case, Additional Suspect Cases of VS in Wyoming

Yesterday (Aug. 17), the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory posted a USDA release on its web site announcing the first confirmed U.S. case of vesicular stomatitis in 2006. The case, a 10-year-old horse, is located near Casper in Natrona County. Read More

Woodbine to Unveil Polytrack Surface Aug. 30

Woodbine Entertainment Group has targeted Aug. 30 for its first race to take place on the Toronto track's new state-of-the-art Polytrack surface.

"We expect to complete the installation of the Polytrack on top of the macadam (final Read More