New Health Requirements for Horses Entering Kentucky Horse Park for Competitions

Lexington, KY – (via USEF press release)–In response to the recent outbreaks of the Equine Herpes Virus and their concern over the continual health and safety of horses, the management of the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) announced a specific health protocol to all exhibitors who plan to travel to the KHP for any events this year.

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.

Horses originating within the state of Kentucky are required to have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection within 150 days. Complete details on the health protocol are listed at www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

It is additionally recommended that all horses be vaccinated for Equine EHV-1 (either modified live or killed vaccine) before entry and that the date of vaccination be noted on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. To facilitate the inspection process by Kentucky Department of Agriculture personnel, this paperwork must accompany the horses upon arrival and be available throughout their stay.

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