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DCHA August Newsletter

Newsletter entries are due by the 25th of the month. If you have something to put in the newsletter, email Gina Meola (our new newsletter editor/membership chairperson) at gina@davidsonspeed.com


        Hamby Creek Notice

Trails are bush hogged and ready to ride!  Enjoy!

Upcoming DCHA Events

Aug. 13, 2016 - Trail ride at Stone Mtn State Park, 10:00 am.

Aug. 16, 2016 - DCHA General Mtg. 7 pm. at Garwood Equestrian Center. Cassidy Garwood will be giving a demonstration on 3 Day Eventing. She will discuss and demonstrate the training, care, and dedication it takes to compete in such a difficult discipline. The address is 377 Pine Top Rd, Lexington NC 27295.

Sept. 12, 2016 -  DCHA Board Mtg. 7pm. at the Ag Bldg.

Sept. 2016 - No DCHA General Mtg. due to Davidson Co. Fair week, Sept. 18-24. You must pre-register to participate.

Sept. 24, 2016 - Fair Halter Show on Sat. from 4-6pm. Pre-registration required.

Oct. 8, 2016 - DCHA Fun Show and Tack Swap at Heritage Farms and Stables, Lexington, NC.

Oct. 13-23, 2016 - North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, NC.


Get your DCHA T-shirts and caps while they are still available.



Check out DCHA's Facebook page!


DCHA Membership Form. Either bring it to a meeting along with your dues, or mail it along with your dues to: DCHA, PO Box 519, Lexington, NC 27293.

2016 Membership Form


Check out the quarterly trail ride schedule for this year

Please collect Southern States Feed proof of purchase seals throughout the year. Our club gets money for these!

This is what the bags and seals look like.


DCHA Halter Show at the Fairgrounds is coming up on September 24th
All entries must be pre-registered by Friday, Sept. 16th
Here is a Class List and Registration Form.

Class List

Registration Form

Here is a flyer for our next Fun Horse Show & Tack Swap coming up on Oct. 8, 2016


CONTACT: Jen Kendrick, public information officer,
NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division

Horse owners urged to vaccinate horses after
two S.C. horses confirmed to have EEE

RALEIGH – North Carolina horse owners are urged to vaccinate their equine after two horses in Horry County, South Carolina contracted Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis within the past three weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Horry County is the northern-most coastal county in South Carolina and borders Brunswick County in North Carolina.
EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord and is usually fatal. Symptoms includ e impaired vision, aimless wandering, head pressing, circling, inability to swallow, irregular staggering gait, paralysis, convulsions and death. Once a horse has been bitten by an infected mosquito, it may take three to 10 days for signs of the disease to appear.
“If your horses exhibit any symptoms of EEE, contact your veterinarian immediately,” said State Veterinarian Doug Meckes.
Meckes recommends that equine owners talk to their veterinarians about an effective vaccination protocol to protect horses from EEE and another mosquito-borne disease, West Nile virus. The combo vaccination initially requires two shots, 30 days apart, for horses, mules and donkeys that have no prior vaccination history. Meckes recommends a booster shot every six months.
Mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days, so removing any source of standing water can reduce the chance of exposing animals to WNV or EEE. Keeping horses in stalls at night, using insect screens and fans and turning off lights after dusk can also help reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Insect repellants can be effective if used according to manufacturers’ instructions.
People, horses and birds can become infected from a bite by a mosquito carrying the diseases, but there is no evidence that horses can transmit the viruses to other horses, birds or people through direct contact.

Alaina Cross
Extension Associate, Equine Program
Animal Science

Horseman's Corner

BUCK BRANNAMAN, Renowned Horseman and Clinician...

“The horse is a mirror to your soul...
and sometimes you may not like what you see in the mirror"