Rolex: Lexington Equine Hospitals to Provide Educational Events

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington this week (April 26-29), and two area equine hospitals will be presenting veterinary lectures, demonstrations, and tours for spectators looking to get some information during their visit. Both Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital will host special events during the competition.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will offer three lectures and a demonstration at no charge between April 26 and 28.

The lectures will offer information pertaining to sport horses and their specific health challenges. A demonstration on large animal emergency response techniques will provide horse owners with an understanding of safe and efficient procedures to be used when faced with dangerous situations.

All events will take place on Kentucky Horse Park grounds, with the lectures being held inside the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute tent located near the Sheila Johnson Arena. The demonstration will take place inside the Walnut Arena.

A summary of the lectures offered during Rolex include:

Ultrasonography for Diagnosis of Soft Tissue Injuries in the Sport Horse, Thursday, April 26, 12:30 p.m., presented by Duncan F. Peters, DVM, MS, FEI-Certified in Dressage, Eventing, Jumping, and Reining.

This lecture will examine some fairly common as well as some unusual lamenesses that have been diagnosed and treated with the application of digital ultrasound.

Large Animal Emergency Response, Friday, April 27, 12:30 p.m., presented by Nathan M. Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, director of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Emergency Response Team.

This event will educate horse owners about safe, effective techniques that should be used during emergencies such as trailer accidents, barn fires, rescue, and transport of a down horse, as well as water and mud recovery. Slovis will also demonstrate these techniques at 4:30 p.m, weather permitting.

Clinical Applications of Equine Acupuncture, Saturday, April 28, 12:30 pm, presented by Rhonda A. Rathgeber, PhD, DVM.

Rathgeber will discuss the clinical applications as well as the basic principles and mechanisms of acupuncture.

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Rolex attendees can also take a free field trip to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27. The tours last approximately one hour and 45 minutes, and they will include demonstrations of high-speed treadmill endoscopy, as well as presentations on magnetic resonance imaging and equine podiatry.

Buses to the hospital will depart from the Horse Park's main parking lot every hour from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, and at 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Each bus is limited to 24 people. For advance reservations contact Robin Murray,  

Hospital tours are provided courtesy of Rood and Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy.

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