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[RC] Correction to Truman's Post - Stagg_Newman

Feell compelled to set the record straight (am not trying to debating the larger question,
 just make sure facts are accurate in fact).

Truman wrote:

"In the WEC several years ago
(Spain), most of the US horses ended up being sold in Europe because
they could not return to the US because of exposure of a disease which
is common in Souther Europe but is not in the US. An exception was Rio
who had to go into quarantine for six months to verify he was not
carrying it. ..."

That year 6 horses went to Spain.  Either 3 or 4 horses tested
positive for piro.  The other did not test postitive.

Only one horse, Amy Whelan's  horse TP was sold.  
Amy made the difficult decision to sell  the horse rather than pay for the very expensive treatment.
On the positive side Amy became good friends with the Italians who bought
him and TP had a successful European career and a long life.
The other horses including Rio that tested positive were eventually
cleard of the piro after a long treatment and quarantine period
and returned to the U.S.  One of those horses
was Suzie Haye's horse Kooter I believe.

One of the horses in the group that did not have to be treated
but did stay as part of the quarantine was Maggy Price's horse


Truman is probably correct that International travel with horses
will only get more difficult.  I personally would like to see
a "back to the future" where foreign riders frequently leased horses in
the host country like in the earlier World Championships.
That created camaraderie.  Just ask Patti Pizzo who leased
her wonderful horse Savaq to Brazilians for the '96 Worlds
in Kansas.  After he did so well, Patti and the Brazilians
were dancing on the tables at the post ride dinner.
However that is probably the idealistic dreamer in me.

Stagg Newman
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