EQUINE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

The management of the National Horse Show would like to issue the following requirements to all exhibitors who plan to travel to the Kentucky Horse Park. The Health Papers referenced below must accompany all horses shipping into the Kentucky Horse Park for the National Horse Show The paperwork must be presented at the Inspection Station upon arrival. Any horses for whom the proper paperwork is not provided will be denied entry to the grounds.

  1. The state of Kentucky requires that all horses entering the state provide a negative Coggins test within one year of entry as well as a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) signed by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of entry**. All horses entering the grounds must be accompanied by documentation of  Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus  (Rhinopneumonitis)  vaccinations within six months prior to entering the grounds and the date of vaccination must be noted on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or documented by means noted in USEF GR845. The  CVI or an accompanying written statement signed by a licensed veterinarian must document that the horse(s) have not shown symptoms or been treated  for EHV-1/4  nor been at a facility under quarantine for EHV-1/4 nor been  exposed to any horses showing symptoms of EHV-1/4 during the past 28 days.
  2. It is required that all horses arrive between the hours of 7 am and  7 pm. If it is absolutely necessary to arrive at any other time you must call the Stable Office at least 24 hours before arrival to make those arrangements. That telephone number is (859) 414-6266.
  3. Please take your horse’s temperature on a regular basis so as to establish a normal temperature. Please do not ship any horse with an elevated (101.5 degrees or higher) temperature reading
  4. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will require that  all exhibitors  on the Kentucky Horse Park show facility must maintain a temperature log for every horse with twice-daily temperature readings recorded and posted on each horse’s stall door. Any horse with a temperature reading higher than 101.5 or any signs of respiratory or neurological disease must be immediately reported to a veterinarian and show management.

** Timed Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) for horses from VS Affected Counties (California): Must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) which includes a VS statement and issued within 14 days of entry to competition grounds by a licensed veterinarian who has examined the horse. Only state issued/ approved official CVI document shall be accepted.

** Horses that have been in VS Affected Counties (California) within 14 days of the start of the competition must contact the competition with information regarding arrival time. A required onsite examination of all horses from VS Affected States for vesicular lesions at time of entry to venue. No horse will be permitted entry to stabling, schooling, or competition area without veterinary examination.

For more information and updates regarding Vesicular Stomatitis  visit the USEF VS webpage