RCP GR 6.3_Flu/rhino requirements_17-030

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Event Standards Committee as amended

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee as amended 

RC#: 17-030
Rule/Article: GR 6.3
Proponent: Boots Wright
Date: posted 2June2016, amended 3Oct16


GR 6.3 At American Driving Society recognized events, all equines entering the event location must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within the six months prior to entering the competition venue. Equines not in compliance with this Rule are required to leave the driving event location upon request by Competition Management. Documentation should consist of one of the following methods found below.

The frequency of vaccine administration should be as recommended by the vaccine manufacturer or Veterinarian. It is recommended that vaccines be administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian.

Documentation should consist of one of the following:

  1. In the case of vaccines given by a Veterinarian, the Person Responsible, upon request by Competition Management, must provide documentation from the Veterinarian, documenting that the equine in question received the vaccinations on the date administered and the name of the vaccine.
    which includes the date administered, and the name of the vaccine, manufacturer’s name, the serial number and expiration date of the vaccine. This documentation with the administering Veterinarian’s stamp/signature may be in the equine’s passport or Vaccination Record or on an official receipt/invoice containing the Veterinarian’s name and address.
  2. In the case of vaccines administered by a person other than a Veterinarian, the Person Responsible, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a receipt of the vaccine purchase which is signed by the Person Responsible, the equine’s name, the serial number and expiration date of the vaccine and the date of administration.
    which contains the date of administration, the name of the vaccine, the manufacturer’s name, the serial number and expiration date of the vaccine. This receipt must be signed by the Owner or the Person Responsible for the care, custody and control of the equine. The name and description of the equine must accompany the receipt.
  3. In the case of an equine that is unable to receive either of the vaccines due to a history of adverse reactions, the Person Responsible, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a letter from a Veterinarian on official letterhead stating the equine cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns and a . This letter must be on official letterhead and contain the Veterinarian’s name and address and be accompanied by  log of the equine’s temperature taken at least twice daily for the seven days prior to arrival at the competition grounds. venue. These equines must also have their temperatures taken and recorded at least twice daily while on the competition grounds. The proof of vaccination must be attached to the Athlete’s entry form. The log of temperatures taken must be provided to the Competition Management, Steward or Technical Delegate when requested.


24 Response(s)

  1. LGranger says :

    June 19, 2016

    I disagree with this rule change. Requires a lot of additional paperwork for both the competitor and the organizer and I do not see that there will be a significant benefit.

  2. MikeRider says :

    June 19, 2016

    This sounds like a great idea – however, I am reluctant to add more paperwork to an already taxed show secretary who has to obtain ADS/USEF/CVI/EIA, etc. papers from competitors. That being said, I like the idea but find it very impractical to implement.

  3. nis75p06 says :

    June 20, 2016

    What fees will be increased to cover veterinary staff taking the equines temperature twice daily while on competition grounds? Will competition management or the technical delegate be trained in taking equine temperatures? Will veterinary staff, competition management, and the technical delegate be available the days before an event starts for equines brought in early for competition to certify the temperature log and remain available after the competition ends until the equine is transported away to continue the recording of temperatures?

  4. Teresa Jones says :

    June 20, 2016

    I’m not sure how taking a horse’s temperature twice a day while the horse is on site of a show is going to protect the other horses on the site from potential infection? If the horse is already there and does show signs of infection the exposure has already happened. The added cost in time and money to organizers and competitors puts added strain on those wanting to show. We vaccinate our horses as protection if exposed to animals that might be infected. Of all the shows in all the different equine activities in this county, there have been only a very few that have had exposure to serious transmittable disease. The odds are extremely low of it happening when smart stabling procedures are followed. I am not in favor of this rule change.

  5. Tracey Morgan says :

    June 21, 2016

    I support this RCS. It will protect the health of our equines and contribute to controlling the spread of infectious respiratory disease. Please note that the four comments prior to this entry did not realize that the requirement to take the equine’s temperature twice daily is ONLY required if the equine was NOT VACCINATED. See above ” 3. In the case an equine is unable to receive”. I think this RCS is well worded so that the equine owner has choices in how to be responsible for the welfare of their own equine while minimizing the risk of spreading disease to others.

    1. LGranger says :

      June 22, 2016

      Most events require Health Certs. In order to have a health Cert you need to have current vaccinations. This rule just puts more paperwork on the competitor and the Show Secretary and is redundant to what is already in place. Also individual events have the ability to add requirements if they want them based on the risk in their area and recent outbreaks.

  6. daves says :

    June 22, 2016

    I also disagree with this rule change because of the paperwork requirements for both organizer and competitor. Some events require Rabies vaccination even though it’s not in the rules for all horses at every event. Let’s leave these vaccines in that category. Also the proposal is faulty because management does not have to request non-compliant equines to leave the premises. Therefore, leave this requirement out of the rules and in the hands of individual organizers.

  7. heelersnhorses says :

    June 23, 2016

    I disagree with this suggestion. The additional paperwork requirement and veterinary documentation is excessive for the competitor and event organizer. A seven day log of temperatures twice a day prior to the event documented by the owner’s veterinarian if the horse is unable to receive the required vaccines due to adverse reactions? That’s a lot of vet visits to take the horse’s temp and would be quite costly for the owner. What about while at the event? The rule is unclear if the owner can do the temps or if the vet must do them, but if the owner does them, it would have to be done on the honor system. How would this make it any safer for participants at the events? Too much additional paperwork and expense to be required at all ADS recognized events.

  8. jaharber1 says :

    June 23, 2016

    I support this rule change. Anything that will help to keep our equines safe and disease-free, I’m all for it. This rule was implemented at our USDF dressage shows this year. We have a vaccine certificate that we send in with our entries, very simple. But we have given flu/rhino every six months for years because our horses travel so much, so it’s not such a big change for our barn.

  9. ponysrule says :

    June 23, 2016

    I disagree with this rule change. I don’t believe there to be a benefit and feel it to be an undue amount of paperwork/expense for both competitor and organizer.

  10. bobbihoe says :

    June 24, 2016

    I do not agree with this rcp at all…….more paper work to keep track of for show secy, not real clear on who takes temps and recording of same…..anyone call pull out a piece of paper make and few numbers and sign their name, too much room for error…..increased costs on show entries. I am starting to feel the need to give up a sport I really enjoy…….and like to promote when possible just because of more ‘stuff’…….we need less goverenment and not more, and ADS is in the same category.

  11. erobb123 says :

    July 6, 2016

    I oppose this rule change. More paperwork does not mean healthier horses. Some vets advocate annual vaccines, not 6 months. My (otherwise perfectly adequate) vet “receipt” showing proper vaccinations does not list the manufacturer, serial#, etc etc etc. Receipt signed by owner or “person in control” – who would know? I have to think that this will *increase* liability for ADS as it puts you a little too far into the “medical decisions” world. Sometimes horses are stabled in barns with existing animals who may not have the same vaccination protocol, will that be the next rule? I realize that FEI-level competitors have other requirements, but making this a rule for all competitions is excessive.

  12. ashemont says :

    July 26, 2016

    I completely oppose this proposed rule. Just more paperwork. I don’t think the ADS has the right to require shots. I’ve actually owned two different mares who aborted when given the shot! PLEASE don’t add this rule.

  13. Schuster says :

    July 27, 2016

    No thanks. If your horses are at risk or sick you wouldn’t be competing anyway. This adds costs and paper work for all involved. I haven’t been to one event that ever used a common water trough as a water source; which is how Rhino is usually spread.

  14. dwcurtis says :

    July 27, 2016

    I do NOT agree with this rule change. We do not need more paperwork for competitors or organizers and we certainly do not need to add something with additional costs to either.

  15. Hilary says :

    July 27, 2016

    Again, calling on my experience with eventing, their rule is now that an event venue may require this paperwork at the discretion of the organizer, so if there is an outbreak or other reason for the venue to feel that there is a risk of an outbreak, they are allowed to require proof of vaccine, but it does not require them to do so.

  16. raymansur says :

    July 31, 2016

    Although the intent of this rules change does sound reasonable, the first two paragraphs appear to conflict each other – 6 months or as recommended? Also, the strict requirement for documentation may be beyond the scope of many veterinarians, and definitely adds to the organizers’ already onerous requirements. Invoices from our local rather large veterinary clinic are not currently capable of providing the asked for detail (serial#, exp. date, etc.). This proposal needs to be simplified.

  17. Jeff Morse says :

    August 1, 2016

    I do not believe there is any current ADS rule or policy that prohibits or prevents an Organizer for requiring any vaccinations they believe will protect the equines at their event. All this RCP does is make it a *requirement* for all equines arriving at ADS Events to have documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within the six months prior to entering the competition venue. It is still at the organizer’s discretion to ask them to leave the venue if they do not.

    I am not aware that USEF’s GR845 Equine Vaccination Rule has caused any major issues at their competitions and wonder why ADS does not simply use the same language as USEF which has a few significant differences in exactly how it is implemented.

  18. Muskievd241 says :

    August 2, 2016

    I think this is wonderful addition It keeps ADS in line with the other larger show organizations that many of us cross over into. Anyone showing USEF shows must already do this anyway. So you have the paper work already. It is a simple matter to send it in with your coggins. It protects the horses that do go to other shows and venues from being exposed to Flu/Rhino. The veterinary profession works hard to keep the neuro form of Rhino at bay as well as other contagiouos diseases and I think in this day and age of equine mobility, it is the prudent thing to do to keep our horses safe. Surely everyone IS vaccinating anyway. So getting a statment from the vet is easy enough. And for those that self vaccinate, there is a provision for that as well.

  19. Michael Ridge says :

    August 2, 2016

    I oppose this rule change. It adds paperwork and expense for competitors and organizers with no clear benefit. Flu and Rhino shots are fairly standard precautions for horses who travel to multiple show locations, I don’t see any reason to believe that not vaccinating is rampant. Is this, perhaps, a reaction to one show that had an unvaccinated, infected horse pass on the disease?

  20. EllenEttenger says :

    August 3, 2016

    I support this RCS. One of the first lines in our rule book is that the welfare of the horse should be considered above all else. We make the decision to take them to an event, they have no say. If you vaccinate your horses regularly, would you like to be stalled next to someone who doesn’t? I wouldn’t . As an organizer, I don’t agree that it’s an extra burden. You have to check the Coggins Test date, it’s just as easy to check this date. JMHO

  21. Jeff Morse says :

    August 4, 2016

    Upon reviewing this once again, I note one significant difference between this proposal and the one now in force by USEF. This one says: “The proof of vaccination must be attached to the Athlete’s entry form. ” That is not the case with the USEF rule. I’d point everyone to page two of this USEF Newsletter: https://www.usef.org/documents/FormsPubs/CompetitionNewsletter/2015/November.pdf wherein you can find this statement: ” It is not a requirement that every competition verifies such documentation. If vaccination documentation will be reviewed upon arrival at a competition, it is recommended that this be published in the prize list. ” That sounds reasonable to me. I don;t know why ADS does not simply follow USEF exactly for this requirement. That keeps it simple for everyone.

  22. Linda Yutzy says :

    August 25, 2016

    I disagree with this rule addition. It should be left to the organizer to require appropriate health certifications for their area. This is one more piece of complicated paperwork (the rule is already a page long!) that will convince our small starter shows to NOT be ADS-recognized.

  23. ashemont says :

    October 12, 2016

    Strongly disagree with this!!! I have had several horses who had bad reactions to this vaccine. Two brood mares regularly aborted and others routinely developed accesses. I will no longer risk giving it to any of my mares. Organizers can require health certificates if they feel it is necessary but I don’t think theADS has a right to tell me to give my horses shots!

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