Horse Shows March 29–30, 2014

bbhsaThe Back to Basics Horse Show Association offers its first show of the season on March 29–30, 2014. Held at the Lucky Drive Ranch in Catlett, Va., gates open at 7 a.m. for parking and the ring is open until 8:45 a.m. for schooling; the show begins at 9 a.m. On Saturday, pleasure, flat, jumping, and driving classes will be held, with Western classes beginning the show; Sunday offers the speed events and Gymkhana. A new division for mini horses—with jumping classes—has been added this season! The show is open to all breeds and disciplines; classes are $7 for members, $10 for nonmembers, with a $3 judge’s fee (per entry). BBHSA offers shows that “promote a love of horses in a relaxed, fun, and family-oriented atmosphere.” For more information, contact BBHSA at 703.283.4151 or http://www.bbhsa.com.

EKG Stables at Hill Valley Farm Winter Hunter Show Series continues March 30 in Spotsylvania, Va. The VHSA-associate and BHSA show begins with open schooling from 7 a.m.–8:45 a.m. and short/pre-short stirrup schooling from 8:45 a.m.–9 a.m.; the show starts at 9 a.m. This show’s judge is Lisa Hammerschmidt. Entries are $12/class. For information, visit EKGstables.com or call 540.582.6272.

Secretariat’s Birthday Celebration March 29, 2014

cakeBig Red’s annual birthday celebration at The Meadow in Doswell, Va., will host the three men who rode the legendary race horse at the peak of his spectacular career. Hall of Fame jockeys Ron Turcotte and Eddie Maple, plus exercise rider Charlie Davis, are scheduled to join the festivities March 29, marking the first time all three have gathered together at Secretariat’s birthplace.

Joining the gathering will be Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery and co-author of the award-winning Secretariat’s Meadow: The Land, The Family, The Legend, and Riva Ridge: Penny’s First Champion, which she wrote with Leeanne Meadows Ladin.

The one-day program begins at 11 a.m. New this year is an open house for the Museum of the Virginia Horse and the Meadow Champions Galleries in the Meadow Hall mansion, which illustrates the history of the horse in Virginia since Colonial times. The Meadow Champions Galleries showcase the famous broodmares and racehorses of Meadow Stable, as well as the 1972–73 Triple Crown races of Secretariat and Riva Ridge. Also included in the line-up of events are autograph sessions; extensive display of Secretariat merchandise and memorabilia for purchase; exclusive memorabilia display, including the first training saddles worn by Secretariat and Riva Ridge; Secretariat descendants from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River; narrated tram tours of the farm; presentation of the horses and hounds of the Caroline Hunt; and pony rides and a moon bounce.

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Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis

By Emily McNally, VMD, Rappahannock Equine Clinic

Equine odontoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH) is a disease that has just recently been properly identified and named in the horse population. First described in 2006, it is a painful condition affecting mainly the incisors and canine teeth of older horses.

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Radiograph demonstrating the typical findings in horses with EOTRH. The lighter and moth-eaten appearance of the teeth is attributed to lysis and resorption and the bulbous appearance of the tooth roots is due to hypercementosis.

A horse’s tooth has an outer layer of enamel covered by cementum. The cementum gives grip for periodontal ligaments in the socket to keep the tooth in its place. Unlike humans and many other animals, horses’ teeth continuously erupt throughout life. They are able to do this through two steps: breakdown of the periodontal ligament attachment to allow the tooth to move and reproduction and subsequent re-attachment of the periodontal ligament. Odontoclasts are live cells in the tooth that cause lysis, or eating away, of cementum and tissues surrounding the tooth. When the attachment breakdown is overactive, the result is resorption or lysis of the tooth. Sometimes, other cells respond by exaggerating the re-attachment of the periodontal ligament, creating extra cementum on the tooth surface. Subsequent inflammation and infection of the teeth lead to decreased structural support which can result in gingivitis, pulpitis, and loose and fractured teeth.

The cause of EOTRH is not completely understood at this time. It is clear that chronic inflammation is somehow involved. One theory is that as a horse ages, the angulation of its incisor teeth puts more strain on the periodontal ligament, leading to increased inflammation. A study presented at the 2013 AAEP convention by Dr. Ann Pearson looked into associated risk factors of EOTRH. Excessive dentistry, periodontal disease, and horses fed alfalfa without pasture or grazing were more likely to have EOTRH, but more research is warranted.

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Sign up now for Spring Horse Trials coming up on March 29–30, 2014

morvenSharon_White_Merloch.smallVirginia starter horse trials, combined test, and dressage schooling will be held March 30 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. Entries close March 25. Trials are to add an Advance Green XC Course for both the March and August/September Schooling events. There will be 8–10 simple obstacles, logs, and brush fences; no water and no ditches. The course will go around the water complex into the bowl area and back to the finish area. All jumps will be simple. The dressage test is USEA Beginner Novice B, Cross Country, not timed. Go to www.vahorsetrials.com for entries, payment, and ride times.

Morven Park in Leesburg, Va., hosts its annual spring horse trials March 29-30 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. Competition begins with dressage, followed by show jumping and cross-country jumping through Morven Park’s scenic acreage. Free for spectators. For schedule of events, contact Laura Doyle at ldoyle@morvenpark.org (703.777.2890) or visit www.morvenpark.org.

Piedmont Horse and Dog Expo March 29, 2014

piedmont-expoDog and horse lovers—the horse and dog expo is March 29 at the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises building! Demonstrations by both dog and horse experts, educational exhibits, and vendors are scheduled; event is 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with admission only $5 (free for younger than 12). Proceeds benefit local 4-H clubs, the FFA, and the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League. Visit www.piedmonthorseexpo.com for more information and schedule of events!