Through a special arrangement with two undisputed experts on equine travel – Neva Kittrell Scheve and James Hamilton, DVM – we have created this area for the safety of you and your Horses.

Neva is the author of The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaining, and Servicing a Horse Trailer and Hawkins Guide: Horse Trailering on the Road. She and James Hamilton, DVM co-authored Hawkins Guide: Equine Emergencies on the Road.

Neva-Kittrell-DVMAbout Neva Kittrell Scheve

Neva Kittrell Scheve is author of Hawkins Guide: Horse Trailering on the Road, The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaining, and Servicing a Horse Trailer and co-author of Hawkins Guide: Equine Emergencies on the Road. She travels nationwide to give seminars on all aspects of horse trailers. With her husband, Thomas G. Scheve, she has developed numerous lines of horse trailers, which are marketed internationally through their own company, EquiSpirit, located in Southern Pines, NC.

Neva is has been a horsewoman for over 30 years and competes in dressage and carriage driving. She is also a Member of the Moore County Equine Emergency Response Unit in NC, and the VMAT (Veterinary Medical Assistance Team) which is a part of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

For more information about EquiSpirit Trailers or to purchase their indispensable equine travel publications, call toll-free 1-877-575-1771. USRider Members receive a discount on their publications. For more information, visit the USRider Winner’s Circle Advantage area on this web site.

James-Hamilton-DVMAbout James Hamilton, DVM

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim rode Horses and was involved in Pony Club and 4-H before earning his bachelor’s degree and doing post-graduate studies at Ohio State. After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine he joined a sports medicine practice at Belmont Park in New York.

His interest is in equine sports medicine, especially respiratory, orthopedics and imaging diagnostics. He now resides and practices in the Sandhills as a partner in Southern Pines Equine Associates. The practice provides complete medical and surgery services to the rapidly growing Horse community in southern North Carolina. Dr. Hamilton is the co-author of Equine Emergencies on the Road, a glove compartment manual on prevention and treatment of enroute illness and injury of Horses. This manual was on the United States Pony Club’s “must read” list for 1995.

In 1997 he became involved in the AVMA’s Disaster Response Program as Team Commander of VMAT-3. This team of veterinarians and technicians is now part of the federal government’s National Disaster Medical System, a department within the United States Public health Service (USPHS). Most recently VMAT#3 responded along with others to the World Trade Center disaster in NYC. Team Members were there to support the federal government’s (FEMA) Search and Rescue dog teams.

Dr. Hamilton is a Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Academy of Veterinary Disaster Medicine, and past Member of the United States Pony Club’s National Safety Committee. In 1998, work done to help the state veterinary association (NCVMA) organize a disaster plan earned Jim the “Veterinarian of the Year” award.

He is currently serving on a statewide committee (SART) working with State Emergency Management officials, counties, industry representatives and others to create a comprehensive animal disaster response plan for North Carolina.