All Dressage Horses that Competed at Doha, Qatar CDI5* Blocked from Competing Until Cleared by Test as More Horses in Europe Die From Equine Herpes Virus

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Zaire-E that won the Doha CDI5*. File photo. © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Mar. 16, 2021

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) reports that all dressage and para dressage horses that competed at the CDI5* in Doha, Qatar last month had been blocked because of two positive Equine Herpes Virus tests in jumping horses that participated in the same event.

The dressage and para dressage horses flew back separately from the jumping horses, the FEI said, and none are known to have been infected.

But a negative PCR test will have to be provided before the horses are unblocked in the FEI Database.

The FEI reported Tuesday it was notified of five new deaths–two in Belgium and three in Germany that brought the total number of deaths to 17 in the outbreak that began in Valencia, Spain last month that has led to a lockdown of horse sports in several European nations until April 12.

The dressage horses that competed in Doha are: