News release received via United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) on 22 December 2006.:
Kristen Vale (tel 845-246-8833), representative of Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) reports that, “We are virus-free at HITS Ocala and the shows are on schedule. We are taking pro-active measures.”
Until at least January 15th, the following protocol must be followed for all horses entering the HITS Ocala show grounds:
Vet Check Protocol1. Anyone entering the site must coordinate their arrival with Nick Ezzo, Grounds Manager, or Dr. Robert Barber, Official Show Veterinarian, at the following numbers:Nick Ezzo – 914-466-8084 cell, 352-620-2275 officeDr. Barber – 352-895-6961Please call 24 hours prior to arrival and plan to arrive between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
2. All incoming horses will be greeted by a Vet or Vet Tech for inspection. No Horse will be permitted on the grounds until the inspection has taken place.
3. All arrivals must be through the Main Gate off Highway 27. The gates off 137th Avenue have been closed.
Additionally, Dr. Barber recommends that all horses be vaccinated for EHV-1 before shipping to Ocala. Contact your Vet first regarding the suggested vaccinations. Any questions regarding vaccinations should be directed to Dr. Barber at 352-895-6961.
These control measures are in place for the safety of your horses, and for the peace of mind of all horsemen. You have our assurance that we will stay up to date on further developments, and that we will enforce, amend or remove the Vet Check Protocol as necessary.