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Arizona Parker of Scottsdale, Arizona is shown with her 10-year-old bay mare Coloured Assets at the 2015 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show. (Courtesy photo.)

More than 700 exhibitors at AQHYA World Championship Show

Arizona Parker has chosen not to ride through life alone. Through her love for horses she has lifted many military veterans into the saddle with her through volunteer efforts.

However, Parker had no idea that unselfish desire to think of others first would lead her to Section 8 housing in Phoenix, Arizona. She was certainly not prepared for what she would see.

Parker of Scottsdale, Arizona, is among more than 700 exhibitors—including those from 45 states and several nations—who gathered at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City for the 2015 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show through Aug. 9.


NEWS & NOTES

UHC releases new brochure on gelding, spaying

The Unwanted Horse Coalition is pleased to announce the availability of its new informational brochure, “Preventing Unwanted Horses: Geld and Spay.”


Cecum exit defies gravity

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

Little known fact: The cecum in a horse has its entrance and exit at the top.

And you should pay attention to this because for digested material to exit, it has to actually defy gravity! To process food, the cecum contracts to push the contents out the top. To do this critical digestive function, forage needs to be flowing through the digestive system at all times.


KHC offering specialty license plates for Kansas counties

On Jan. 1, specialty equine license plates went on sale at all Kansas county treasurer offices. Last year the Kansas Horse Council presented legislation which permitted the creation and sale of this plate and for the first time allows specialty plates to be displayed on trailers as well as cars and light trucks.


EEE cases reported in Texas

The Texas Animal Health Commission recently received confirmation from the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory of Texas horses testing positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The infected horses are located in: Newton, Orange, Liberty, Jasper and Jefferson counties. To date, there are a total of five positive EEE cases in Texas.


Anthrax confirmed in equine in Texas

The first anthrax case in Texas for 2015 has been confirmed in equine in Uvalde County. The premises is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Uvalde. The Texas Animal Health Commission has quarantined the premises. TAHC rules require proper disposal of affected carcasses and vaccination of livestock on the premises prior to release of the quarantine.


First Colorado horse infected with West Nile Virus in 2015
More than 700 exhibitors at AQHYA World Championship Show
Optimize your horse's water intake
6 positive vesicular stomatitis diagnoses in Colorado

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