Equine Health and Wellness Paramount at World Equestrian Center

March 12, 2018

WILMINGTON, Ohio – March 12, 2018 – The World Equestrian Center’s Winter Series of the Midwest continues this week with the Winter Classic 12 horse show. With 18 weeks of horse shows, the Series is the longest consecutive Winter horse show circuit in the country. The World Equestrian Center ownership and management strive to create a safe, friendly atmosphere where exhibitors are appreciated and treated like family. This same sentiment is carried over to the environment created for the horses and ponies that show at the facility, with their health, safety and comfort being a top priority.

The World Equestrian Center is dedicated to providing an excellent horse show experience for our exhibitors and a safe, healthy environment for their horses. The horse show management diligently works together with our horse show veterinarian to ensure that there are no symptomatic horses or active cases of horses with communicable diseases on the property. To ensure we are mainlining a healthy environment, disinfection is done on a daily basis to all common areas. On Sunday evenings in preparation for the weekly horse show turnover, the World Equestrian Center maintenance strips and disinfects every empty/available stall, aisle and wash rack.

The World Equestrian Center strongly encourages exhibitors to adhere to health requirements and we strictly enforce all health certifications and protocols as stated by the federation and governing bodies of our sport. Effective health measures are a combined responsibility and make our sport safer when taken by all.

As a general reminder:

  • All horses entering the World Equestrian Center grounds must have a valid proof of current negative Coggins test (within 12 months) and proof of mandatory vaccinations as required per US Equestrian rules.
  • A 30-day certificate of veterinary inspection is required for all horses arriving from outside the state of Ohio. Horses who fail to arrive with appropriate paperwork will not be allowed to unload on to the show grounds. Please have your paperwork and bring it to the show office upon arrival.
  • It is strongly recommended that all horses be vaccinated for Equine-EHV-1 (either modified live or killed vaccine) no sooner than 7 days prior to and no later than 180 days prior to entering the show grounds. Most EHV-1 vaccines are only considered effective for 180 days.
  • Current vaccinations against WNV, EEE, WEE, Tetanus and Rabies is strongly recommended. We encourage our exhibitors to confer with their veterinarians to see which vaccinations are right for their horses.
  • We ask those that handle horses in competition to be vigilant about watching for signs of infection and to maintain health logs that include frequent temperature checks for traveling horses.

Additional safety protocols at World Equestrian Center include Equestrian Center include surveillance cameras in each barn, walkway, schooling area and competition ring. Our full-time security team patrols the WEC grounds 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, in addition to providing a Night Watch service. The no smoking rule is strictly enforced in our facility and each barn is equipped with fire extinguishers.

For questions or inquiries about equine health at the World Equestrian Center, please contact horse show manager Brandon Saxton at 216-554-2049.

About World Equestrian Center
Located in Wilmington, Ohio, the World Equestrian Center features more than 200,000 square feet of climate-controlled riding space, making it one of the largest indoor/outdoor equestrian sport venues in the world. The state of the art facility features premium footing, permanent stabling and onsite accommodations as well as more than 26 weeks of AA rated Hunter / Jumper competition.

Dedicated to offering great sport and good fun in a family friendly environment, the World Equestrian Center promises their exhibitors an experience built on three core values: Quality. Class. Distinction.

In 2018, the World Equestrian Center will debut a brand new location, providing world-class equestrian competition and equestrian-inspired country club living, all adjacent to the fabulous Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Florida. For more information please visit http://www.wec.net.


Media Contact:
Candace FitzGerald


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