In January, the USEF Board of Directors approved an addition to the rule book, which outlines equine vaccination requirements at licensed competitions. All horses entering the grounds of a Federation-licensed competition must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables.
Intended to promote proper vaccination protocols, the flu vaccination information can be added to the documentation already required by most competitions: a horse's health certificate and a negative coggins test.
It is recommended that vaccines are administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian.
* In the case of vaccines administered by a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request
by Competition Management, must provide documentation from the veterinarian that the horse in question received the vaccinations; name of the vaccines and date of vaccine administration.
** In the case of vaccines administered by a person other than a veterinarian, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a receipt of the vaccine purchase which is signed by the owner, or agent with care, custody, and control of
the horse; name, serial number and expiration date of the vaccine; and date of vaccine
*** In the case of a horse that is unable to receive either of the vaccinations due to a
history of adverse reactions, the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management,
must provide a letter from the veterinarian on official letterhead stating that the horse
in question cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns and a log of temperatures
taken twice daily for the seven days prior to entering the competition grounds. These
horses must also have their temperature taken and logged twice daily while on the
competition grounds. The log of temperatures should be provided to the Competition
Management, steward, or technical delegate when requested.
PLAN AHEAD FOR TRAVEL AND HORSE SHOWS
Travel documents can be a hassle, it always takes longer than you think it will to get everything in order....plus every state has different requirements and the rules seem to change every year! As you set those show dates make a note to schedule your appointment for health certificates, passports, coggins tests and other travel documents well before you need to leave town.
Along with your travel planning, don't forget to stash an emergency kit in your horse trailer! We've still got a few starter
emergency kits available which cover all the basics (and a referral chart for how to use them) for a good price.
Karol is your go to person for more information, give her a call (253) 858-4529.