As of March 19, 2021
In response to the recent EHV-1 outbreak in Europe and similar cases in the United States which have resulted in multiple horse deaths, Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is increasing our biosecurity protocols to do our part to keep your horses safe, as well as those of your fellow competitors.
The following protocols will be in place for all horses arriving and competing during the 2021 Tryon Welcome Series, Tryon Spring Dressage, The Fork at TIEC Eventing competition, and Katydid CDE Driving event.
Management has consulted with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the State of North Carolina Department of Agriculture- Veterinary Division, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and TIEC Official Competition Veterinarians, Tryon Equine, to create this protocol.
As of Monday, March 19, all horses entering the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) must present the following documentation to the guard house upon arrival for each horse:
1. A Health Certificate or Statement on licensed veterinarian letterhead must be signed and dated by a licensed veterinarian within 72 hours of arrival at TIEC.
The statement must include the following:
- Horse has received regular and consistent vaccination against Equine Influenza and EHV-1/4 with the most recent booster being within 180 days (as per USEF GR 845).
- Horse has not shown symptoms of or been treated for EHV-1/4 within the past 28 days.
- Horse has not been at a facility under quarantine for EHV-1/4 or exposed to any horses showing symptoms of EHV-1/4 within the past 28 days.
- Current vaccination against WNV, EEE, WEE, Tetanus. Rabies vaccine is strongly recommended.
2. All horses are required to have a current Coggins test within one year and be vaccinated for Influenza at least 2 weeks and no more than 6 months prior to arrival.
3. All barns are required to check the temperature of all horses once they arrive at TIEC, prior to entering the barn. If a horse has a temperature of 101.5 or higher, TIEC management must be contacted immediately and the horse placed in an isolation stall, on-site to allow for time to recheck temperature prior to entering the barn.
4. TIEC will require all barns on TIEC show grounds to maintain a temperature log with twice-daily temperatures recorded and require posting on each horse’s stall door. Random checks by approved veterinary staff may be implemented.
5. Any horse on the show grounds with a fever of unknown origin or of suspicious origin must be reported to TIEC Management immediately. It is always better to err on the side of safety. Isolation stalls will either be available on the grounds or at a local veterinary practice if the need arises.
6. We discourage bringing European imports to TIEC. Horses imported from Europe must be monitored for 14 days after exiting quarantine and prior to arriving on TIEC property and must have a health certification within 72 hours prior to arrival.
It is our shared responsibility to keep our horses safe. Similar to the suggested protocols in place for humans due to COVID-19, we urge all equestrians to please remember and abide by the following biosecurity measures:
- Take all horses’ temperature daily and report any horse with a temperature above 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or any signs of respiratory or neurological disease to your veterinarian and/or show management.
- Avoid mixing of horses where possible, practice equine ‘social distancing’.
- Please take the time to review equine good hygiene practices and impress its importance to your grooms and barn managers in everyday care.
- Bring your own hoses to barns and do not share water buckets or fill from hoses used by other horses.
- Every effort should be made to minimize stress and commingling of horses shipped long distances. Extra hours on a horse van or moving from stable to stable is the fastest way to compromise your horses’ and your neighbor’s horses’ health.
Or TIEC Stabling Manager: Lance Bennett
Or Driving Discipline Manager: Jennifer Matheson