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

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

Lay Equine Dentist Files Veterinary Practice Act Lawsuit in Minnesota

The Institute for Justice Minnesota Chapter has announced in a press release that it is challenging the state's veterinary licensing process on behalf of a lay (non-veterinarian) equine dentist who is referred to as a "teeth floater." Chris 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

Three Horses Killed on North Carolina Highways

Three horses have been struck by cars near Rocky Mount, N.C. in recent days, according to the Read More

Shredded Court Documents Give Horse Allergy Relief

An allergy to hay and straw dust can be a tough sentence for a horse. But a black-and-white U.K. lesson horse with the problem is breathing more easily after a local community justice center and two magistrates' courts began donating shredded Read More

Missing Quarter Horse Found Safe in New York

Tattoo Charlie, a 15-hand bay Quarter Horse gelding, turned up yesterday (Aug. 14) in a field in Monroe County, N.Y., after he had been missing for more than seven days.

Charlie and three of his pasturemates were spooked early on the Read More

Bay Quarter Horse Missing in Monroe County, N.Y.

Tattoo Charlie, a 15-hand bay Quarter Horse gelding, escaped from his pasture in Monroe County, N.Y. early on Aug. 7 after he and three pasturemates in the enclosure were spooked. The other horses were recovered, but Charlie--who was last Read More

Officials Break Ground for the University of Minnesota Equine Center

The Minnesota horse community celebrated groundbreaking for the $14 million University of Minnesota Equine Center on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 9. The soon-to-be-built facility has been designed to provide an ideal atmosphere for Read More

Equine Medical Genetics Chosen as $2.5-Million Consortium Project

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

Paso Fino Yearling Stolen from Wisconsin Farm

A dun or buckskin Paso Fino gelding was stolen from his Milton, Wisc., pasture, reports the horse's owner, Jim Badertscher, in an Idaho Alert (Read More

Authorities Find Equine Infectious Anemia in Ireland

Three horses tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) at two Thoroughbred stud farms in County Meath, Ireland. It is suspected the disease was introduced through the use of infected blood products. This is the first time the disease had Read More

Horse Rescued from Creek

It took nearly 40 people to extract a 1,600-pound Hanoverian gelding from a creek near Orlando, Fla., on June 6. The 17.1-hand dressage horse and jumper had been trapped in the marshy, 25-foot-wide creek with slippery banks for at least three Read More

Horse Genome Sequence in the Works

"It puts a whole new set of tools in's as if you are farmers that are used to relying on plows pulled by a draft animal, and all the sudden you have tractors," says Jamie MacLeod, VMD, PhD, professor of veterinary science and Knight Read More

Arabian Found Abandoned Behind Orange County Home of Orlando, Fla. yesterday (July 13) reported the discovery of a 30-year-old Arabian abandoned behind a home in east Orange County. The previous owner of the Read More

Clone of Champion Show Jumper Born

Researchers announced yesterday (July 12) the birth of a clone of the Warmblood show jumping champion E.T. The colt, named E.T.Cryozootech-Stallion, was produced to give breeders the opportunity to further the 20-year-old gelding's line. The col Read More

Researchers Contemplate Role of Vesiviruses in MRLS

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers announced last month that they linked vesiviruses to abortions seen during Central Kentucky's bout with mare reproductive loss syndrome in 2001 and concluded that vesivirus-specific reagents should be Read More

Argentine Equine Veterinary Association to Host XVIII International Congress on Equine Medicine

The Argentine Equine Veterinary Association will be hosting the XVIII International Congress on Equine Medicine Nov. 23-24 in Buenos Aires. The organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Featured speakers include Joseph Read More

Endurance Horse Falls from Trail in California

A 13-year-old Arabian fell more than 200 feet into a canyon and is feared dead after he was spooked by a rattlesnake on Sunday (July 9), reports the online edition of the Read More

Stranded Horse, Riders Rescued from Rising Tide

The United Kingdom's Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced yesterday (July 9) that it was involved in the afternoon rescue of two horses and their riders who were stranded off shore on a sandbar at Holkham Bay as the tide was rising. Read More

West Nile Virus in 24 States

Twenty-four 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 June 27). The disease has infected horses in four states: Iowa, North Dakota, Read More

Hurricane Update: Healing Storm Scars

The ghastly, distressing images on network television and in newspapers aren't there to haunt our daily lives, but post-Katrina destruction remains a bitter reality for many horse owners in the Gulf Coast region. For some, the wounds of Katrina Read More

Derby Winner Barbaro Injured

Barbaro's breakdown after the start of the May 20 Preakness Stakes captured the concern of horse owners and enthusiasts watching on network television and at the Baltimore, Md., track. Equine veterinary medicine was catapulted into the spotlight, Read More

Landmark DNA Sequencing to Begin

The same government agency that completed the human genome in 2003 has identified the horse as a probable target for future DNA sequencing research. While a final decision will be announced in the near future, the Broad Institute, a member of the Read More