The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is temporarily closing the Miami Animal Import Center to new arrivals after horses quarantined at the facility became sick. The Equine Disease Communication Center alert for this contains up to date information. APHIS is investigating to determine the specific cause of illness in these horses. Salmonellosis is suspected and the facility is taking precautions to control disease spread. More information on this disease can be found here.
The temporary closure is effective on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Stalls will be closed through March 31. Horses currently under quarantine at the facility are being closely monitored for any signs of illness. To date, six horses have fallen ill with symptoms, such as diarrhea, fever, and lameness, with three of the horses dying.
The USDA announcement can be found here.
There were a few last-minute dramas at the first horse inspection for the Tokyo Olympics which took place in the main equestrian park at Baji Koen Equestrian Centre at 9:30 a.m. JST today.
It’s the most hotly anticipated few hours of the eventing year - the cross-country from Tokyo 2020. What will Derek di Grazia’s track have in store for the Olympic riders?
We’re nearly there! Olympic mania has taken over the world, and we’re in the final countdown to the Olympic eventing competition in Tokyo, which starts with the first horse inspection on Thursday. Our USA riders are raring to go, but let’s remind ourselves of the history that precedes them. Just how well has the US team done in past Olympics?
After Germany’s Michael Jung won the second of his two consecutive Individual Olympic Equestrian Eventing titles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he was asked what he had next in his sights. “Tokyo 2020, of course, and the Europeans and maybe the world title along the way!" he replied.