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Phone: 207-570-8430
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Washington State Horse Council Hosts Fourth Annual Ride for Research

Littlerock, Washington- A prize ride, barbeque dinner and auction are just a few of the events taking place this Friday through Sunday, February 15-17 at the Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club in Littlerock. Proceeds from the event benefit the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s equine research programs.

The festivities will kick off Friday evening with a social 6:30-10:00 p.m. The prize ride begins on Saturday at 8:00 a.m., followed by an evening auction and barbeque dinner. An open ride caps off the weekend on Sunday.

Camping is free during the weekend. Entry fees for the prize ride are $20 for adults and $15 for youths 13 years old and younger. Additional tickets for the ride cost $5. In past year, top prizes for the ride have included saddles, bridles, saddle blankets, and veterinary services. Ride for Research is supported by Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, Washington State Horsemen, Woodbrook Hunt Club, and the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders.

Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club is located at 12736 Marksmen Rd., in Littlerock, Washington. For more information about the event and directions, contact the Washington State Horse Council at 360-352-5883. For those who cannot attend, but are interested in supporting the equine research programs at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, contact Lynne Haley at 509-335-5021 or lhaley@vetmed.wsu.edu.

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About the Washington State University:
The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is staffed with many outstanding equine clinicians and researchers who are leaders in many areas of equine research, including sports medicine, pain management, joint disease, advanced medical imaging, and new techniques in laparoscopic surgery.

Contact: Renee Moody
Phone: 207-570-8430
Email: renee@boundless-ce.com

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Research Group Receives Grant to Study Equine Immunodeficiency

Littlerock, Washington- Professor Susan Carpenter and her research group from Washington State University’s Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology were recently awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Recruited to WSU in 2005 because of her research record at Iowa State University, Carpenter along with departmental colleagues, Robert Mealey and Lindsay Oaks, and Karin Dorman, an associate professor at Iowa State University, are studying the equine infectious anemia (EIA) virus in horses.

EIA is a blood-borne disease transmitted primarily by horseflies and deerflies, it is a life-long infection; some horses become ill and die quickly, while others show few symptoms. Under current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, any horse that tests positive for EIA must be quarantined for life or euthanized. Because many of the acute symptoms, including fever, may also easily attributable to other illnesses, EIA can be difficult to diagnose. At this time, routine testing is the best way to keep the disease from spreading.

Carpenter says, “Our group wants to discover the strategies the virus uses to escape immune control and how it changes over time. We want to understand how the virus persists. WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine has one of the top equine immunology research programs in the country. The WSU equine immunology program, the availability of horses, the support of the college and the USDA all make this a great place to do research.”

Through long term studies, Carpenter and her team have gained a better understanding of how the virus survives. Their research could improve vaccine strategies that may one day help control the spread of EIA. Due to similarities between this virus and others, including HIV,  it may serve as a model disease, provide clues to help fight similar infections in other species, benefiting both animals and humans.

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About the Washington State University:
The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is staffed with many outstanding equine clinicians and researchers who are leaders in many areas of equine research, including sports medicine, pain management, joint disease, advanced medical imaging, and new techniques in laparoscopic surgery.