NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR 2017 AHTA CLINICS AND HORSE TRIALS
At the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Alberta Horse Trials Association on October 22, 2016 the membership voted to eliminate the mandatory coggins test for AHTA events and activities that was introduced for 2016. In 2017, proof of a negative coggins test will not be required for AHTA sanctioned clinics or events. Facilities may continue to require proof of a negative coggins test to ride or compete but the association itself will no longer enforce this.
There was a lot of discussion and debate on this topic at the AGM. The board would like to sincerely thank everyone for their contribution to the discussion. As follow up on this discussion the board contacted the Alberta Equestrian Federation who indicated that they are not a regulatory body and decisions regarding mandatory testing should come from a regulatory body such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or Equestrian Canada.
Please refer to the following Equine Infectious Anemia Disease Control Program report developed by a working group of the CFIA for more information on the process of implementing mandatory testing. The report is available on the AHTA website.
The board recognizes the importance of responsible horse ownership and encourages members to test their horses annually however we are in agreement with the AEF that mandatory testing should come from the regulatory bodies whose mandate is to ensure biosecurity and disease control.
It is recommended you confirm with any facility you may be schooling at, as to what their requirements are.
For more information on EIA and the Coggins test, check out these links:
This link illustrates the increased occurance of EIA in Alberta in 2015: