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

Selle Francais Stallion Stolen in Georgia

NetPosse.com 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

Animal Health Trust to Install Standing MRI

The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England, has announced that it will be acquiring a standing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit to expand its equine diagnostic capabilities.

"In 2000, a high-field MRI scanner was installed at th Read More

Cardiac Arrhythmias and Piroplasmosis

Italian researchers have documented a rare case of cardiac arrhythmia in a horse with piroplasmosis. While it had been noted in other domestic animal species, equine cardiac dysfunction associated with piroplasmosis had not appeared in the Read More

EIA in Germany

The Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health) has reported two outbreaks of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Germany. Horses and donkeys have been affected, and the source of the outbreaks or origin of Read More

Quick Detection of Contagious Equine Metritis

French researchers report they have developed a rapid, effective test for detecting the bacterium that causes the venereal disease contagious equine metritis (CEM). Taylorella equigenitalis is a Gram-negative bacterium that's responsibl Read More

Not Such a Stud on the Treadmill?

Treadmill training can be detrimental to your stallion's fertility, say Swiss researchers who recently published a paper on the topic. Not only can repeated strenuous treadmill sessions adversely affect sperm quality and freezability, but the Read More

British Columbia's First Equine WNV Case Likely Imported

A Canadian news service reports that British Columbia health authorities have recorded the detection of the province's first animal case of West Nile virus—a horse. However, the horse likely contracted the illness during a recent visit to Read More

Aged Morgan Horse Killed in California

The killing of an 18-year-old Morgan horse in his San Jose, Calif. pasture has left his owners grieving and other area horse owners concerned that other horses might be targeted.

According to the online edition of Read More

Prevalence of PSSM in Quarter Horses

Up to 6% of apparently healthy Quarter Horses could have subclinical polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM). Read More

Aging and the Aortic Valve

Researchers from the United Kingdom report there is a decrease in contractile function of the horse's aortic valve with age, resulting in aortic valve disease. Read More

COX-2 Expression in Equine Tumors (ACVIM 2006)

Therapies for equine cancer are few and far between, but a veterinary oncologist from Colorado State University (CSU) thinks equine tumors could be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Read More

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