Greetings From NACCome and be a part of the Nebraska Appaloosa Club for the 2016 season. The Nebraska Appaloosa Club (NAC) is a fantastic club that is well known for its superb horse shows, welcoming attitude and excellent horses. We would like to welcome you to our NAC! Read More +
Inside the ArenaCome out to Grand Island NE the week of May 30 to June 5 for our Memorial Run Appaloosa Horse Show! This year proceeds will go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Read More +
Greetings From the Nebraska Appaloosa Club!
Come and be a part of the Nebraska Appaloosa Club for the 2016 season.
The Nebraska Appaloosa Club (NAC) is a fantastic club that is well known for its superb horse shows, welcoming attitude and excellent horses. We would like to welcome you to our NAC! Our goal is for you to become an active member of the club and also for you to see the benefits of being a member of the Nebraska Appaloosa Club. As with any organization, there are certain rules and requirements which are followed. This is a brief overview of the bylaws under which NAC is regulated. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of the Club Directors.
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...and the fun continues in 2016!
The 2016 NAC Horse Show benefiting the Make-A-Wish* Foundation will kick off with an open, all breed show, Monday May 30. June 2nd will be a two-judge 'special event' featuring games, reining and cattle classes. Our main event (4 sets of points) show will be held June 3-5.
Come to Grand Island for one of these events or join us for the week! Packages are available.
Keep checking back for new updates on the show!
Jim Jirkovsky, President
Nebraska Appaloosa Club
The board of directors for the Nebraska Appaloosa Club met by conference call Thursday night April 28. The purpose of the call was to discuss the EHV infection and quarantine of race horses at Fonner Park, and the risk to our horses during our Memorial Run horse show week. Based on the information provided during the call, the board has decided that the Memorial Run horse shows **WILL** go on as planned.
Jay Stewart, DVM joined the call. He had spent a couple of hours on the phone this afternoon with a bio-security expert from Merck Animal Health; Fairfield Bain, DVM has done extensive research on EHV, and was a source of excellent information.
The following points were made regarding the EHV virus:
1) The virus is very fragile, and does not survive outside of an animal host. Therefore, there is no risk of latent virus existing on stall wall, doors, arena rails, etc beyond a few days.
2) When a facility cleans up after an outbreak, the problem ends. There have been no cases of a facility having a second outbreak of EHV.
3) The period between virus contact and showing clinical symptoms is called the incubation period. With EHV the incubation period is 10-12 days. The quarantine period of 21 days currently in force at Fonner Park represents 2 incubation cycles. If the current quarantine period is completed with no new cases, the probability is extremely high that the outbreak is over and no longer a threat to new horses visiting the grounds.
There have been no further cases at Fonner Park since the diagnosis of EHV in the three horses that initiated the quarantine. Horses in the quarantined barn have their temperature monitored twice daily during this period to check for early signs of the disease. The quarantine at Fonner Park is expected to be lifted around May 8-10.
Our Memorial Run horse shows and clinics are at least 3 weeks after the lifting of the quarantine.
IMPORTANT POINT: the barn under quarantine IS NOT one of our show barns. The quarantined barn is the first red barn you pass when you enter the Fonner Park grounds from the main parking lot near the grandstand. Neither Thompson Arena or Barn R contained any of the sick horses.
To control the infection you remember 5 things --
**Remove the infected horses. The last race at Fonner is May 7th; race horses will be leaving soon thereafter.
** Time. The virus is not viable for very long outside of a host. Our shows are 3 weeks after the quarantine has been lifted.
**Standard disinfection. If you are concerned, you can disinfect your horse’s area -- stall door/frame and walls, rails, etc. We have done this before when there have been cases of strangles or flu prior to our event.
** Bring and use your own buckets and equipment. Don’t share buckets or equipment between horses from separate farms. Minimize nose to nose contact between horses.
**If you have not done your spring vaccinations, do so now. Immunize your horse with an approved vaccine, as recommended by your veterinarian. Boosters may be appropriate if initial vaccinations were more than 90 days before any potential exposure.
If you need a consult or have any questions, you may contact Dr Jay Stewart at 308-379-5996.
After this information was presented, the board was confident that risk to our horses will be minimal. The board voted to proceed with the Memorial Run events as planned.