“Caring for Your Equine Athlete” is the over-arching theme of the upcoming Horse Management Seminar hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Feb, 9, 2014, will feature presentations by several equine industry authorities.

“With the World Equestrian Games (WEG) being held in Normandy, France, next year, we thought this would be the perfect time to focus on the equine athlete,” says Carey Williams, PhD, Extension equine specialist and associate director of Extension for the Equine Science Center. “Our goal in presenting this workshop is to give participants a glimpse into the life of a WEG rider and valuable advice for any equine athlete, whether it’s an international champion or a trusted lesson horse.”

Williams has assembled presenters recognized as authorities in their field to offer perspectives and personal insight. The morning will start with a panel of top competitors from WEG disciplines, including endurance rider Meg Sleeper, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM; combined driving/dressage rider Sara Schmitt, reiner Matthew Palmer, and more riders to be announced from eventing and jumping. The panelists will discuss their beginnings, ways for interested riders to get started in their disciplines, trials and tribulations of competing at an elite level, and will be open to questions from the audience.

Other topics and speakers will include:

  • “Conditioning for Your Equestrian Sport” by Sleeper, cardiology veterinarian for the Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania;
  • “Getting Riders and Horses Ready for WEG” by Jim Wolf, Executive Director of Sport Programs for the United States Equestrian Federation;
  • “Saddle Fitting for All Disciplines” by Rick Wills and Charlie O’Brien from Rick’s Saddle Shop in Cream Ridge, N.J.; and
  • “Hoof Balance and Horse Performance” by Patrick Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services and Director of the Applied Polymer Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to the educational presentations, the seminar will feature informational displays, networking opportunities with industry companies and area organizations, and time for one-on-one discussions with the day’s presenters.

Complete program and registration information, and the seminar brochure, are posted on the Equine Science Center website at esc.rutgers.edu. For more information, contact Laura Gladney at 848/932-3229 or gladney@aesop.rutgers.edu, or Williams at 848/932-5529 or cwilliams@aesop.rutgers.edu.

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