Reminder to check your equine passports

  • Horse owners are being reminded to check their equine passports are valid — or face prosecution.

    The warning comes after a dealer in the north-east was slapped with a fine after importing three horses into the UK with the wrong passports.

    John Graham of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, pleaded guilty to bringing three horses over from Holland without valid passports when appearing before South East Northumberland magistrates.

    He was fined £250 and ordered to pay £720 costs.

    Mr Graham, who owns Lintonville Stables at Ashington, bought six horses from a Dutch dealer in 2010. But three passports were for different animals and one of the non- passported horses was discovered to have equine infectious anaemia (swamp fever).

    This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (28 April, 2011)

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