Invitation to Preview Unique Proposal for SDC Land

You are invited to attend a presentation of the CEPEC plan for the land surrounding the Sonoma Developmental Center. The proposal of the California Equestrian Park and Event Center (CEPEC) will preserve and maintain open space for hiking, horse riding, and wildlife, and create self-sustaining revenue. It will provide safe recreational venues, education, and exhibits of local wildlife, as well as the history of Sonoma County’s equines and the SDC. The CEPEC proposal is based on input from hundreds of Sonoma County residents and organizations and has been submitted to the State of California.

The presentation will take place on *Monday, May 21, at 6:30* pm at the Dunbar School Auditorium, *11700 Dunbar Rd, Glen Ellen*. Several speakers will describe the history of the project, community participation, its services and facilities, and how its objectives will be reached. For additional information, email director@cepec.us or call (707) 541-6091. Hope to see you there.

Best regards,

Wanda Smith

 

Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM)

April 29, 2018: One New EHM Case: A 9-year-old mare from the quarantined 
barn at the Orange County Facility, displaying mild neurological signs has 
tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1. Based on clinical signs and the 
detection of virus, this horse is classified as an Equine Herpesvirus 
Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) case. The mare has been moved to onsite isolation. 
To date, there have been seven confirmed febrile cases of EHV-1 and three 
confirmed cases of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). CDFA staff 
continues onsite monitoring of the situation. 

The Sonoma County Horse Council is now accepting round 3 grant funding applications

Friends,

The Sonoma County Horse Council is now accepting grant funding applications from people in the equine community in Sonoma, Napa, Lake or Mendocino counties who suffered non-reimbursed fire losses. Grants will range from $500 to $5,000 and the deadline for Round 3 funding is May 17, 2018. Please use the above link for more details.

Since the fires, the community has been very generous in donating funds to the Council's Equine Disaster Relief and Preparedness fund. Our heartfelt thanks to thanks to those that have already donated.  The Council is happy to accept further donations into this fund and the home page provides information on how to make a tax-deductible donation to the fire relief fund.

Because of the community's generosity, the Council made 24 awards totaling $92,198 in Round 1 and Round 2 combined. The Council recognizes that many people are still ascertaining costs and the total amount available to them from private insurance or public sources such as F.E.M.A. Thus, we’re committed to at least three rounds of funding.

Please distribute this information broadly to help assure that fire victims in the equine community are made aware of the Council's grant program. On behalf of the Sonoma County Horse Council, thank you for your help and support in helping us reach the entire Sonoma County equine community.

The Sonoma County Horse Council is now accepting round 2 grant funding applications

Friends,

The Sonoma County Horse Council is now accepting grant funding applications from people in the equine community who suffered non-reimbursed  fire losses. Grants will range from $500 to $5,000 and the deadline for Round 2 funding is January 31,2018. Please see the attachment for more details.

Since the fires, the community has been very generous in donating funds to the Council's Equine Disaster Relief and Preparedness fund. Our heartfelt thanks to thanks to those that have already donated.  The Council is happy to accept further donations into this fund and the attachment provides information on how to make a tax-deductible donation to the fire relief fund.

Because of the community's generosity, $50,000 was available for Round 1 grants. The deadline for submitting an application for Round 2 grants is January 31, 2018. The Council recognizes that many people are still ascertaining costs and the total amount available to them from private insurance or public sources such as F.E.M.A. Depending on the results of the first two rounds, and the amount of continuing donations, there may be further funding rounds..

Please distribute this email broadly to help assure that fire victims in the equine community are made aware of the Council's grant program. On behalf of the Sonoma County Horse Council, thank you for your help and support in helping us reach the entire Sonoma County equine community.

Rabies Confirmed In San Luis Obispo County

Since June 2017, three bats have been tested positive for rabies in San Luis Obispo county. This is an important reminder to check your horse's vaccination records and make sure they are up to date. There are typically around 60 confirmed rabies cases in horses in the United States every year.

What Can Rabies Look Like?

Rabies is not typically an easy diagnosis in horses as the signs vary case
by case, but some common symptoms are:

  • Neurological signs such as: behavioral changes, changes in gait, trouble swallowing, and hypersalivation.
  • Aggressiveness
  • Tremors
  • Fever
  • Depression

It is important to ensure that your horses receive their rabies vaccine once
a year. Rabies infection in unvaccinated horses is uniformly fatal. For
further information about the rabies cases in San Luis Obispo County go to:
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article181706951.html