NRHA Derby – The Show Is On!

NRHADerbyLogoThe National Reining Horse Association will hold its Derby, June 27–July 2 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City. The association has had multiple discussions with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and Acting Oklahoma State Veterinarian Mike Herrin with regards to plans for upcoming shows. After evaluating all current information on the equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) and under advice of Dr. Herrin, all Oklahoma shows should proceed as scheduled.

The Oklahoma State Veterinary Office and Oklahoma State Fair Park management are cooperating to insure that every possible measure is taken to prevent such an outbreak from occurring in Oklahoma City. The Fair Park is disinfecting each stall after every show prior to introduction of new animals. They are also providing an isolation area, in the event a fever or neurologic symptoms develop, in order to separate any horse while at the facility. The Oklahoma State Veterinary office, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, is gearing up to provide rapid test results of samples submitted for EHV-1 testing.

“In addition to our normal thorough cleaning procedures, we have been in close contact with and are following all recommendations from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture [Commissioner Jim Reece] and the Acting State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Herrin,” stated Oklahoma State Fair Inc. President & CEO Tim O’Toole. “We are also working closely with all of our equine show promoters to make sure that they are aware of what precautions we are taking to prevent the potential spread of EHV-1 at State Fair Park. We anticipate that the horse shows scheduled for the rest of the summer will go on as planned.”

The State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is looking forward to the upcoming Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Redbud Spectacular, and the Tulsa Expo facility is preparing to host the Pinto Horse Association of America World show.