Join us for the 2020 Michigan Equine Legislative Day on Tuesday, September 22nd to help build awareness about the economic impact, community enrichment and personal benefits of the Michigan horse industry.
Public health officials in are warning about another potentially bad summer for EEE and other insect-borne illnesses.
EEE saw an unexpected resurgence last summer across 10 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Tennessee.
There were 38 human cases and 15 deaths from the virus, with many of the cases in Massachusetts and Michigan, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most years, the country sees just half a dozen cases of the virus in humans, the agency said.
A relatively mild winter may have benefited mosquito populations, but below-average rainfall could have also provided a welcome counterweight, he said.
Local health officials are also warning about the risk of contracting other insect-borne illnesses as more people are spending a longer time outdoors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In Michigan, an invasive mosquito known to transmit dengue, Zika and other tropical viruses has already been detected for the first time this season, said Mary Grace Stobierski, the state’s public health veterinarian.
The state also had its first case of West Nile virus this season. A more common but less severe mosquito-borne disease than EEE, it can cause fevers, headaches, body pain and other symptoms. The infection was found in a captive hawk in early June.
Ticks are also expected to be out earlier and in larger numbers this season because of the relatively mild winter, warned Aaron Bernstein, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital and a director at Harvard’s School of Public Health.
That could mean more cases of debilitating Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses for local health care systems already feeling the pressure of responding to the coronavirus, he said.
In Michigan, where six of that state’s 10 cases of EEE last year proved fatal, officials this summer have launched a pilot program to improve the state’s response to mosquito-borne illnesses.
Ned Walker, a medical entomologist at Michigan State University heading up the effort, said the goal is to create the kind of regular mosquito surveillance system already in place in Massachusetts and elsewhere to better predict and prepare for disease outbreaks.
–By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press
Through the work and collaboration of Putnam Township and Mike Levine Lakelands Trail a "Trail Etiquette" document has been developed to provide a better experience for all trailer riders choosing to utilize these trails.
The improvements also allow for the trails to be used as a multi-use trail. This allows for both non-motorized trail users and horse enthusiasts to utilize the space at the same time while providing a safe and enjoyable experience for both parties.
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The Michigan Horse Council is excited to invite you to the annual membership meeting!
Details are as follows...
July 14, 2020 at 6:00PM
Annual elections will be taking place.
Ingham County Fair Grounds
700 Ash Street
Mason, MI 48854
Individuals are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.
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All COVID-19 guidelines and regulations will be implemented.
One of the 2020 Michigan Horse Council’s catalyst award recipients is an individual that has influenced many lives through the Michigan High School Rodeo Association during his 15 years of involvement.
Elewyn’s passion for horses began when he was a child participating in 4-H. Soon after high school Elewyn would become involved in rodeo. In 2005 Elewyn became involved in youth rodeo through the Michigan High School Rodeo and is currently serving as the National Rodeo Association Director for Michigan as well as the 1st Vice President.
Elewyn’s passion for coaching high school rodeo is driven by seeing the growth and development of high school riders as individuals as well as competitors. In addition to seeing the success of the riders Elewyn has worked hard to grow the industry as a whole and increase the number of entries.
Through high school rodeo Elewyn has greatly enjoyed seeing the opportunities it has provided to the students such as scholarships, college offers, and the self-confidence it has given to each competitor.
Today Elewyn and his wife, Bridget of 30 years, reside in Millington, Michigan where he has spent his entire life. He is thankful for Bridget’s continued support and willingness to participate in the family trips to rodeos.
When Elewyn was asked what his proudest moment was so far he said it was raising his three daughters and being a husband.
Thank you Elewyn for all your contribution to the Michigan High School Rodeo, Michigan horse industry, and the lives of hundreds of competitors that you have had the privilege to influence.
Congratulations Elewyn Pletcher, 2020 Michigan Horse Council Catalyst award recipient.
For more information about the Michigan High School Rodeo
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Learn more about how MDAR is advising equine facilities on COVID-19.
Michigan Horse Council meetings are postponed during the Michigan Stay-Home Order. Details for the annual meeting/elections will be announced when scheduled.