The World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida reports that a horse “in the Ocala area” tested positive for EHV-1. Another international show jumping series is currently taking place in Ocala.
On the Website of the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, which will also host a tournament over the weekend, states: “The management of the World Equestrian Center has been advised that horses in the Ocala area have tested positive for the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) has been. So far there have been no positive cases in the World Equestrian Center. “
They don’t want to cancel the tournament. But various precautionary measures are taken. All participants should measure the fever of the horses twice a day and keep a record of the results. In the event of the smallest signs of illness, the horses concerned should be isolated and the cases reported to the tournament veterinarian and management. “Social distancing” now also applies to the horses and the supervisors are requested to wash their hands when they are walking from one horse to the other.
In the Ocala region, which is about 3.5 hours by car from Wellington, the tournament series of HITS Horse Shows is currently taking place, where André Thieme is the only German at the start. But like the US magazine The Chronicle of the Horse reported, there has been no positive case on the show grounds to date.