SSHF BioSecurity Policies in force


Because of the resurgence of HEV, rhino pneumonitis  in horses across the USA and what a disastrous effect a potential outbreak would have upon future  SSHF events I’m asking clinic attendees, day haul in and schooling show folks to adhere to an advanced bio security process. If you take your boarded  horse off the premises please follow precautions yourself when away and upon your return.

It is already a requirement for recognized shows that your horse be vaccinated within 6 months for influenza and that you have ability to prove that (passport, note from vet, vet bill works if animal named etc) . I’m asking that all individual horses that arrive on our grounds for any reason be vaccinated. If for some reason you are unable or unwilling to vaccinate you must contact your organizer and SSHF prior to arrival. 

I’m asking everyone to take daily temperatures on their horse for a minimum of three days prior to arrival. While on grounds many shows are requiring twice daily temps logged on their stall door but I will trust you to monitor at least once a day and record in your phone or?  Please keep that data in case we need to contact trace. Veterinary Standard would be no symptoms and a normal daily temp for two weeks before coming on to the grounds. It’s an excellent idea to know your own horses baseline temperature. 

Keep horses from touching noses, don’t borrow equipment, don’t enter my personal barns, don’t dunk the hose end in your bucket,  all pretty standard bio security practices. 

I would like the opportunity for all to attend functions this year. I look forward to hosting these functions in as controlled a manner as possible to protect you and your horse’s health.

We do clean stabling well between uses- helped by all of you deep cleaning or stripping your stall. We further clean and apply disinfectant to surfaces. 

COVID-19 status March 13 2020

As of 3/13/2020 our spring schooling event is cancelled.

All fees will be refunded.

Update March 19 – Spokane Sport Horse Farm Spring Event also cancelled.

We encourage small groups to contact us and come school the course.

Watch this space or our Facebook pages for updates.

Email conversation below shared for your update:

From: Elena Sandidge
Date: March 27, 2020 at 6:08:35 AM PDT
To: Christel Carlson
Cc: Mary Neal, Gail Mackie

Subject: RE: Cancellation

Dear Christel,
Thank you for your cancellation notice for 25th Annual Spokane Sport Horse Spring Dressage Show #270167, May 23-24, 2020. I have updated the USDF database accordingly. USDF is currently only refunding canceled competitions up to May 3, 2020. However, I will e-mail you if this policy changes.

Kindest regards,
Elena Sandidge
Competition Services Coordinator
United States Dressage Federation
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Lexington, KY 40511
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From: Christel Carlson
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2020 6:21 PM
To: Elena Sandidge; Hannah Gabbard; USEF Customer Care; Mary Neal;

Subject: Cancellation

Our 25th annual level 3 dressage show may 23-24,2020 is now officially cancelled. If possible USDF and USEF please refund the registration fees. We are still hopeful that later shows this year might occur although that too appears doubtful.

I apologize to my officials and I will have you back in the future when we can return to horse shows again. In the meantime please take care of yourselves.

Christel A. Carlson MD
Spokane Sport Horse Farm LLC
USEF “S” Dressage with equitation, FEI young horse and freestyle certification
DSHB “R”, ‘r’ eventing FEI 4*’ParaDressage
FEH and YEH qualified, USEA certified CD
USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist