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

Texas Fires Kill Horses, Cattle

Quenching rains over the weekend of March 18 slowed the progress of Texas panhandle fires that consumed more than 800,000 acres of land and killed an estimated 10,000 head of livestock in less than a week. At least 30 horses in the McLean area o Read More

African Horse Sickness Outbreak in South Africa

South African horse owners and veterinarians are managing an outbreak of African horse sickness (AHS) in the George area of southern South Africa, in the southeast region of the Western Cape. As of Feb. 28, 13 horses had died. Current outbreaks Read More

$2.5 Million Research Initiative Draws 27 Pre-Proposals

The announcement of a $2.5-million equine health consortium initiative was met with great enthusiasm, says Kristin Benjamin, vice president of scientific programs and advancement for Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in Englewood, Colo. Twenty-seve Read More

Carriage Company Rebuilds

The horses and mules rescued last September from the flooded stables of Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages ushered in Valentine's Day in Baton Rouge and Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the delight of many residents in hurricane-stricken Louisiana. Read More

Herpesvirus Situation Ends in Maryland

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreaks in Maryland drew to a close on March 8, after the Maryland Department of Agriculture lifted hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and an isolation barn at the Bowie Training Read More

First Commercially Cloned Mares Born

On March 30, scientists announced the birth of the first commercially cloned mare created from the cells of champion cutting horse Royal Blue Boon. The filly, Royal Blue Boon Too, was carried to term by a recipient mare and born on Feb. 19 at Read More

More African Horse Sickness; Lift of EU Ban Could be Delayed

According to a report on, an online publication in South Africa, African horse sickness Read More

Human WNV Vaccine Tested

A team of U.S. and U.K. researchers have shown that an experimental West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine shows promise in protecting humans from the arbovirus. The study abstract appeared online April 14 in the early edition of the Proceedings of Read More

Two Colorado Quarter Horses Reported Stolen

Stolen Horse International reported today (April 18) that two Quarter Horses were stolen from Meeker, Colo. on Saturday, April 15. The horses were kept at a ranch on Highway 64, west of Meeker, and the theft was reported to the Rio Read More

Ohio Health Officials Begin WNV Surveillance Season

According to the online edition of the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum (, the Ohio Department of Health began accepting dead bird submissions today Read More

Oregon Man Sentenced for Horse Dragging

The McMinnville, Ore. News-Register reports online that a Carlton, Ore., man admitted last week to wrapping a chain around the legs of a down horse and dragging it with a tractor. The man has been sentenced to 200 hours of community Read More

Protect Against EEE in Florida

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Animal Industry sent an e-mail to Florida practitioners last week reminding them to make sure horse owners safeguard against Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and reminded Read More

Spring Rains Incite Mosquito Worries in California

Mosquito control officials are encouraging San Francisco Bay Area residents to safeguard against West Nile virus (WNV) after rains drenched Santa Clara County during most of March.

ABC 7 News reported online that after an unusually wet Read More

Television Program Will Highlight Katrina Recovery

Tonight (April 6), "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature the New Orleans' 9th Ward community after the August 2005 devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

"After the Storm: New Orleans" will appear at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. CDT) on ABC. Read More

Second Commercial Clone of a Mare is Thriving

ViaGen and Encore Genetics announced last week the arrival of a second commercially cloned mare. The filly, a genetic copy of famed cutting horse Tap O Lena, was born at Royal Vista Southwest Farms in Purcell, Okla., on March 9.

The Read More

HSUS Makes Public Statement on Commercial Equine Cloning

On March 30, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reacted to the announcement of two successful commercial cloning ventures and additional cloned foals that are expected to be born this spring. "The Humane Society of the United States Read More

First 2006 Florida EEE Cases Emerge

By March 1, the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) season in Florida was already underway, and Florida veterinarians remind horse owners to make sure their horses are vaccinated against the disease, which can have a mortality rate of up to 90%. Read More

Neurologic Case Shows Difficulty of Rule-Outs

A 24-year-old pleasure mare in Brunswick, Ga., has been diagnosed with concurrent infections of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) and equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). Both can cause neurologic disease.

This case highlights the Read More

Groups Band Together to Provide Hay for Hurricane Victims

Five equine organizations joined together in Feburary to provide 6,500 bales of hay to nearly 800 horses in Vermilion Parish, La., that were affected by Hurricane Rita. The United States Equestrian Federation, the American Association of Equine Read More

Lessons Learned From the Hurricanes

Microchips were helpful in reuniting horses with owners after the 2005 hurricanes, but it was usually because owners had proof of horses' microchip numbers. Since 1994, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF) has required Read More

New Sling Shows Promise in Clinical Setting

When an equine patient can't stand, practitioners need to quickly assess his prognosis, and that can be difficult with him lying down. Putting a horse in the Andersen Sling Support Device (ASSD), the gold standard for equine slings, requires at Read More

Maryland EHV-1 Outbreaks Winding Down

Veterinarians suspect the recent deadly outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Maryland have subsided. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) had reported on EHV-1 outbreaks at two Maryland tracks, a race training facility, and a Read More

First Commercially Cloned Mare Born

Scientists and veterinarians today (March 30) announced the birth of the first commercially cloned mare, created from the cells of champion cutting horse Royal Blue Boon. The filly, Royal Blue Boon Too, was carried to term by a recipient mare an Read More

Tornado Recovery: The Second Time

When David Stokely arrived at his family's 40-acre farm near Battlefield, Mo., on the evening of March 12, the first thing he spotted was a dead horse, a victim of the second tornado that has hit Stokely Farms in less than three years. It Read More

Texas Fires Kill Thousands of Animals

Quenching rains last weekend slowed the progress of Texas panhandle fires that consumed more than 800,000 acres of land and killed an estimated 10,000 head of livestock in less than a week. At least 30 horses in the McLean area of Texas succumbe Read More