Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD)

(from U.C. Davis website) “Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD) is a genetic defect characterized by a hoof wall that easily breaks and cracks, and a normal appearing coronary band. The breaks and cracks begin to occur in young ponies. In severe cases the pony bears weight entirely on the sole of the foot which can lead to severe lameness. HWSD is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. This means that carriers are completely normal and only animals with two copies of the mutation will show clinical signs of the disease. HWSD appears to occur only in the Connemara pony and the carrier frequency has been estimated to be about 14.8%. A DNA test for this specific mutation can determine if ponies are normal or if they carry one or two copies of the mutation. Ponies that carry two copies of the mutation are highly likely to be affected with the disease. Some cases are milder while others are more severe. We have identified at least one case where the pony does not appear to have clinical signs associated with having two copies of the mutation. This indicates that the mutation is not fully penetrant; however it has very high penetrance of 96.8%.

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Region IV Annual Show at FL Horse Park

Ocala, FL. Region IV of the ACPS held its annual show on the weekend of November 22 at the Florida Horse Park. Day one of the show was a three phase event, and also individual dressage tests. This was done in conjunction with Partners of the Park who were holding an open horse trial and dressage show at the same time.

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McCamey Kimbler Wins 2014 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce McCamey Kimbler as the winner of the 2014 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award. The USEF Youth Sportsman's Award is designed to identify potential future leaders in the equine industry and provides an opportunity for the USEF to recognize outstanding youth members for their achievements. An international endurance rider from Aberdeen, S.D., Kimbler was nominated by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC).

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2014 ACPS Annual Meeting

Half brothers by *Gunsmoke competed at the AEC's. WH Top Gun (left) was 6th in the Training Horse Division. Foothills Field Marshall (right) was 10th in the Novice Horse Division. Both were ridden by Elliott Blackmon.

Greenville, VA:  The ACPS annual meeting was held on October 2-5 at Penmerryl Farm in the Shennandoah Valley of Virginia.  Besides meetings, there were demonstrations, clinics, trail rides and dinners.

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Melanoma Research Project at UC Davis Needs Samples

Davis,  CA.  The Melanoma Research Project at UC Davis is desperately in need of samples from grey ponies who developed melanomas before they were 6 years old. If you have such a pony please contact Maureen Loughman Abel for information on how to participate.  She can be reached at mloughman@embarqmail.com

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