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Horse Show Prep

Planning ahead will ensure you and your horse an enjoyable show season. Cavallo Veterinary Services has put together this preparation list for your reference. 

Travel Documentation

Almost all States in the U.S. require that owners and professional shippers carry documentation of a negative Coggins test and a valid health certificate. 


A negative coggins test indicates that the horse is negative for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Most states require a negative within the twelve months prior to travel. 

Health Certificate

Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) are necessary when traveling out of state. Some horse shows require CVIs for all entries regardless of their state of origin. Generally, the exam must take place within thirty days of the date of travel. At the time of exam, the following information will be needed: 

  • Current location of the horse

  • Owner information (if separate from the origin)

  • Destination-full address with zip code required

  • Shipping date

  • Shipper-who is shipping your horse? If commercial, address of the shipper

  • Vaccine history, especially since some states/shows require specific vaccines before entry.

  • Reason for shipping

Early notification is required for International Travel, as there are additional regulations that must be met.

Vaccination Requirements

In preparation for competition, ensure that your horse meets the vaccination requirements of the governing body or association. Contact us for proof of vaccination if necessary.

USEF Equine Vaccination Rule GR845: "At Federation licensed competitions, horses entering the grounds must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables."

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