Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Young Equestrian and Coach Among Plane Crash Victims

August 29, 2006

Two Kansas families are mourning a teenager and her horse riding coach who were among the 49 people killed in the crash of a Comair plane Sunday in Kentucky.

Paige Winters, 16, and her riding teacher, Thomas Fahey, 26, were in... Read More

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WEG Photo Gallery: Cross Country Spill

August 29, 2006

Austrian rider Harald Riedl, and Davigna, an 8-year-old bay mare, fall during the cross country phase of eventing competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games. Both horse and rider are reported uninjured. ... Read More

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Beezie Madden Leads Pack in Day One of WEG Show Jumping

August 29, 2006

The first qualifier and speed class for the individual and team FEI World Championships in show jumping has ended, and the 16 efforts put in front of the 116 show jumpers going round were a bit more than a few could handle. And for Team U.S.A.,... Read More

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Kentucky Thoroughbred Industry Reeling After Plane Crash

August 28, 2006

The Central Kentucky horse industry was reeling Sunday after several prominent members of the equine community and others were among the 49 people killed in the crash of a commuter jet shortly after takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky.... Read More

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Bluegrass Cat Retired Due to Pastern Injury

August 28, 2006

WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat, runner-up in Saturday's (Aug. 26) Travers Stakes, was retired Sunday morning after X rays revealed a fractured right hind pastern.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said copies of the X rays will be forwarded to tw... Read More

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Richardson Reports Barbaro's Right Pastern Completely Fused

August 28, 2006

Veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital changed the right hind leg cast of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro yesterday, Sunday, August 27. "The cast was changed because there was a small crack in it," said Dean W... Read More

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Barbaro Might Soon Get Cast Removed Completely

August 28, 2006

Based on the latest examination of Barbaro's injured right hind leg, there is a possibility the classic winner will soon have the cast removed completely.

The cast on the leg was changed Sunday (Aug. 27) by veterinarians at the Universit... Read More

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Lost in the Fog Given "Reasonable Chance"

August 27, 2006

The veterinarian treating sprint champion Lost in the Fog for cancerous tumors said Friday that the colt has "a reasonable chance" of reducing them to a size that's conducive for chemotherapy or surgery.

Dr. Gary Magdesian, chief of... Read More

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Rave Reviews for Woodbine's Polytrack Unveiling

August 27, 2006

Woodbine Racetrack unveiled its state-of-the-art Polytrack racing surface for training today (Aug. 27).

Hundreds of horses galloped, jogged, or walked while 84 recorded timed workouts ranging from two furlongs to seven furlongs during th... Read More

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National Turf Writers to Honor "Team Barbaro"

August 27, 2006

(from National Turf Writers Association release)

The individuals associated with undefeated Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro, veterinary surgeon Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, and the University of Pennsylvania School... Read More

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Vet Med Expertise Gives Barbaro a Lift

August 27, 2006

By Dave Jones, Dateline UCDavis

First they put Barbaro in a Kimzey ambulance. Then they put a Kimzey splint on the racehorse's broken leg. And then the colt was in an Anderson sling several hours a day.

The ambulance,... Read More

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WEG Medals Awarded in Vaulting and Eventing

August 27, 2006

It was years in the making, but it came down to one minute in Aachen, Germany, and when that one minute was over, 18-year-old Megan Benjamin of Saratoga, CA, was the first female American vaulter ever to take a world championship. For the past 2... Read More

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WEG Photo Gallery: USA Vaulters Fly and Flip to Team Silver

August 27, 2006

The Horse Gallery is a collection of images by photographer Doug Prather at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2006, in Aachen, Germany.

For more information on the World Equestrian Games, see Read More

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Fly Control Sweepstakes Winner Attending WEG Courtesy of USEF/Farnam

August 25, 2006

Who would have thought that the pursuit of controlling that nasty fly problem in your horse's stable could send you on a trip to Aachen, Germany? Kristen Villeneuve of Jerico, Vermont, that's who.

As winner of the grand prize in the... Read More

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Horse Toys Used to Entertain Giraffes

August 25, 2006

A Scottish company is helping to entertain the giraffes at an American zoo this year - by sending them horse toys to play with.

Likit Products, a Scotland company, has developed a special range of innovative toys for horses to help combat... Read More

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Barbaro Injury Highlights Need for Laminitis Research Funding

August 25, 2006

By Rustin M. Moore, DVM on behalf of the AAEP Foundation, Inc.

As viewers around the world watched Barbaro pull up after the start of the 2006 Preakness Stakes, it was apparent to even the casual racing fan that the Kentucky... Read More

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WEG Photo Gallery: Despite Wet Weather, Dressage Competition Goes On

August 25, 2006

Nadine Capellman of Germany, riding Elvis, put in a good test despite the downpour. Second: Team USA's Steffen Peters and Floriano Peters finished fourth in the grand prix special with a 75.200%. Third: Andreas Helgstrand, of Denmark... Read More

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TheHorse.com Launches Online PDF Library

August 24, 2006

Only rarely do you find the whole story about a horse health problem in one online location. More often, you might find information about the disease process in one article, a bit about vaccination in another, something about treatment in a thir... Read More

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New Details Emerge Regarding Saint Liam's Accident, Death

August 24, 2006

Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who was euthanized Aug. 22 after suffering a fracture of his left hind leg, had no chance for survival because of the severity of the injury. The 6-year-old son of Saint Ballado was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine... Read More

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Team USA Wins WEG Dressage Bronze

August 23, 2006

Day two of grand prix didn't give any of the remaining 43 riders much of an advantage when it came to weather, but it did not seem to affect the Americans, the Dutch, the Germans or the Danes. The crowd of 32,000 definitely got their money's... Read More

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Barbaro's Surgeon Unable to Save Injured Polar Bear

August 22, 2006

A polar bear operated on by the surgeon for classic winner Barbaro died just hours after surgery Monday.

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, operated on Alcor, a 750-pound bear with two badly broken bones just above its right paw, at... Read More

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Surgeries and Steroids

August 22, 2006

A survey of buyers of Thoroughbred weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds discovered that surgeries to correct conformation defects have a significant influence on whether or not someone will buy a horse at public auction.

In fact, 28.4%... Read More

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Barbaro Remains Comfortable on Both Hind Limbs

August 22, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro remains comfortable according to veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital. "Barbaro is doing well on both hind limbs," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery. "Because of this, we do not... Read More

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Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Saint Liam Dead

August 22, 2006

Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who completed his first year at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., suffered a fractured hind leg while being led to his paddock today (Tuesday, Aug. 22). The 6-year-old son of Saint... Read More

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Jockey Club Projects 2007 Thoroughbred Foal Crop at 37,500

August 21, 2006

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2007 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 37,500, an increase of 0.5 percent against the 2006... Read More