Herpes outbreak in Europe results in travel restrictions at horse shows in Florida
- March 3, 2021
- By SARA CAVANAGH
OCALA, Fla.--There has been an outbreak of equine herpesvirus in Europe, and the virus has now also been found in at least one horse in Ocala, although not yet at either HITS or the World Equestrian Center horse showing venues, so HITS, WEC and shows in Wellington have all put safety restrictions in place.
The FEI announced March 1 that competition has been cancelled until March 28 in 10 European countries including France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia due to the outbreak of the equine herpesvirus.
As the virus has now been identified in Ocala and out of an abundance of caution, World Equestrian Center – Ocala management has issued increased biosecurity measures and the following to keep showing horses safe:
Effective immediately, World Equestrian Center – Ocala will no longer permit ship in horses to the property.
No new entries travelling from other events in Florida will be accepted including from the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) , HITS, Venice or the Ridge.
All World Equestrian Center - Ocala stabling areas will be strictly limited to essential personnel – riders, trainers, grooms, vets and farriers.