Rood & Riddle to Host Forum on X ray, Throat Abnormalities

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will host an educational forum on July 18 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A veterinary panel will present radiographic images of joints and endoscopic videos of throats in Thoroughbred yearlings presented at sales. The panel, moderated by Scott Ahlschwede, DVM, will discuss different types of radiographic and throat abnormalities and their impact on sale and racing with and without surgery. The panel will also review the recent changes in the conditions of sale regarding Veterinary Radiographic Reports at public auction and answer questions from the audience.

Serving as the panel of experts are Larry Bramlage DVM, Dipl. ACVS; Scott Pierce DVM; and Debbie Spike-Pierce DVM. Bramlage is an orthopedic surgeon at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Bramlage is a member of the Jockey Club and is known as an expert in Thoroughbred racing circles having served as the American Association of Equine Practitioners' media spokesperson for the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup broadcasts for 19 years. Pierce and Spike-Pierce are also based at Rood & Riddle in Lexington but are present at major Thoroughbred auctions throughout the year providing veterinary services for consignors and buyers.

"With the new changes to the conditions of sale guaranteeing accuracy of veterinary repository reports, this is the perfect time to familiarize breeders, consignors and buyers with real examples of X ray lesions and scope findings and share with them our thoughts on their significance," said Ahlschwede, a New York-based Rood & Riddle equine practitioner.

The event is sponsored by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association, New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. A welcome reception with light hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6:00 p.m. for early arrivals with the panel discussion from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

An RSVP is requested to assist plans for adequate seating and refreshments. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by July 13 to or by phone to 859/233-0371.

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