Health Seminars and Forums Offered at first U.S. Equestrian Meeting

U.S. Equestrian will be offering a variety of seminars during its First Meeting and Sports Summit to be held Jan. 14 – 18, 2004, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners will be sponsoring a series of health seminars beginning on Fri., Jan. 16, with Mark Martinelli, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, who specializes in orthopedic problems of the race and sport horse, and will discuss "Diagnosis of Lameness in Sport Horses." Duncan Peters, DVM, an associate at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, Calif., where his primary focus is on performance horses and reproduction, will discuss "Veterinary Medicine:  Working with Trainers/Owners to Reduce Injuries and Optimize Performance." 

On Sat., Jan. 17, Richard Markell, DVM, owner of Ranch & Coast Equine Practice, Inc, in Encinitas, Calif., a practice limited to equine sports medicine dedicated to the hunter/jumper dressage disciplines, will discuss "New Thinking, Understanding, and success in Treatment of Suspensory Injuries." Also on Saturday, Ann Kraus-Hansen, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the primary veterinarian at Pacific Equine in Monroe, Wash., will discuss "Physical Therapy." 

Other seminars and forums occurring during the week include; a Secretaries Seminar, Drugs & Medications Issues Forum, a Safety Seminar and a Keynote Presentation given by David J. O’Connor, President, U.S. Equestrian.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get involved in equestrian sport by attending the First Meeting and Sports Summit of the new National Governing Body of Equestrian Sports. Admission to the seminars and forums is free with paid registration. For more information contact Krista Wallace, Manager, Travel and Events, at 859/225-6961 or via e-mail at


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