Recent News for Sports Medicine

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FEI Delegation Tours Hong Kong Equine Testing Lab

August 20, 2008

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, president of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), took time out of her busy Olympic schedule to visit the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Racing Laboratory Aug. 16.

Terence Wan, PhD, EurChem, CSci, CChem,... Read More

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Safety Net for California's Ex-Racehorses in the Works

August 19, 2008

Look in the winner's circle after any offspring of Unusual Heat wins a race and you'll likely see a petite, brown-haired woman hugging the jockey, high-fiving the trainer, or congratulating the owner. Madeline Auerbach fiercely champions her former... Read More

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The Olympic Veterinary Clinic: It's All in the Details

August 19, 2008

Olympic veterinary services manager Christopher Riggs, BVSc, PhD, DEO, DipECVS, MRCVS, led a group of foreign media representatives through the impressive Olympic veterinary clinic and facilities at the Sha Tin Racecourse, host to all competitio... Read More

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Olympics: Anky Wins Third Consecutive Dressage Individual Gold

August 19, 2008

Dutch equestrian Anky Van Grunsven claimed her third consecutive individual gold medal in Hong Kong tonight (Tuesday). Lying second, but only 0.24% behind Germany's Isabell Werth after Saturday's Grand Prix Special, the Dutch star came into her... Read More

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37-Year-Old Horse Elmer Bandit Finishes Second at Competitive Trail Ride

August 18, 2008

Elmer Bandit, 37-year-old half-Arabian gelding, completed the Spotted Rump Ride Competitive Trail Event at Greensfelder Equestrian Park near St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 16 to boost his... Read More

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Take a Tour of the Olympic Stables

August 18, 2008

Members of the foreign press were invited to tour the Olympic stables. Access was limited and we didn't get to see all of the stable blocks (we were assured they're all identical), but we got a glimpse of life inside the famously... Read More

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Thoroughbred Industry Round Table Focuses on Drug Testing, Safety

August 18, 2008

Calls to action aren't new to The Jockey Club Round Table conference, but at this year's meeting Aug. 17 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., there appeared to be a sense of urgency. Public perception and the threat of federal intervention have a way of... Read More

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U.S. Show Jumping Team Captures Gold

August 18, 2008

A first individual qualifying round that produced mostly clear, clean rounds might have lulled the jumper riders into a false sense of security at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.

There were few penalty-free rounds Aug.17, the firs... Read More

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Derby Winner Genuine Risk Dies, Age 31

August 18, 2008

Genuine Risk, one of only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby, died the morning of Aug. 18 in her paddock at Bertram and Diana Firestone's... Read More

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Olympic Riders Give Footing Rave Reviews

August 17, 2008

Like a sieve. That's how riders are describing the footing and underlying drainage system at the main competition arena at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Sha Tin Racecourse. To handle the massive rains that inundate this part of the world on a... Read More

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U.S. Dressage Riders Shine in Grand Prix Special

August 17, 2008

The dressage riders temporarily reclaimed the ring from the show jumpers Saturday night at Sha Tin. Although Germany continued to rule, the Americans put in an impressive showing.

Two U.S. riders competed. Steffen Peters and Ravel were... Read More

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Equine Pampering of Olympic Proportions

August 16, 2008

By now, the Swiss dressage team might be feeling pangs of regret at its decision not to enter the 2008 Olympic equestrian competition.

Citing concerns about weather conditions and pollution, the Swiss Read More

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Kentucky Horse Racing Group Proposes Steroid Ban

August 16, 2008

Kentucky racing officials have pushed forward a steroid ban for racehorses they're calling the toughest in the country.

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council approved a measure Thursday that would hit trainers with severe penalties--up... Read More

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Brentina Declared Sound after Uncharacteristic Olympic Performance

August 15, 2008

After receiving the lowest score of her career (63.00%), all of Brentina's connections were concerned that--despite giving great performances in training every day leading up to the Games--there might have been something physically wrong with th... Read More

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Olympics: U.S. Show Jumpers Represent at First Individual Qualifier

August 15, 2008

The main arena at Sha Tin was turned from a dressage ring into a grand prix course Friday night, as the jumping horses finally got their chance to compete. The U.S. contingent was the only team to lay down three double clear rounds.

In all,... Read More

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Three Olympic Equestrian Disciplines, Three Veterinary Updates

August 15, 2008

Jack Snyder, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, is a five-time Olympic Games veterinarian. In Hong Kong 2008, he's the chief treating veterinarian, which means the orthopedic specialist has... Read More

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Surgery on Swedish Olympic Event Horse a Success, Vets Say

August 14, 2008

Swedish event rider Magnus Gallerdal's 2008 Olympic mount, Keymaster, sustained a hairline fracture of the first phalanx (long pastern bone) of his right foreleg August 11, during the cross-country portion of the Olympic eventing competition in... Read More

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All Olympic Show Jumping Horses Pass Vet Inspection

August 14, 2008

A total of 87 Jumping horses were presented for veterinary inspection at the Olympic equestrian venue in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. All passed with flying colors, with no visitors to the holding box.

There were three changes to the Olympic Jumping... Read More

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Olympics: Germany is Tops Again in Team Dressage

August 14, 2008

Germany won team gold in Olympic equestrian grand prix dressage Thursday, extending the country's winning streak in the event since 1984.

The Netherlands took silver and Denmark the bronze.

Germany's three riders earned an average of... Read More

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Eight Belles Memorial Service Sept. 7

August 13, 2008

This year's second-place Kentucky Derby finisher Eight Belles will be memorialized in a ceremony Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Kentucky Derby Museum's gardens.

"We hope our memorial service will serve as a lasting tribute to this great filly, and... Read More

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Cooling Systems Help Olympic Horses Beat the Heat

August 13, 2008

Years of in-depth preparation, planning, and some luck combined to make cross-country at the 2008 Olympics a success, according to vets on the scene.

"We were lucky with the weather," said Foreign Veterinary Delegate Leo Jeffcott, MA,... Read More

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U.S. Event Rider Dutton Disqualified for Illegal Equipment

August 13, 2008

During the show jumping portion of the eventing competition at the 2008 Olympic Games, U.S. rider Phillip Dutton had two uncharacteristic rails down in the first round aboard Connaught. The 15-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding... Read More

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Olympics: British Show Jumping Horse Reported Lame, Withdrawn

August 13, 2008

The British Olympic Association and the British Olympic Equestrian Team have decided to withdraw Portofino 63, ridden by Michael Whitaker, from the show jumping competition due to lameness.

The team veterinarian has carried out an extensive... Read More

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A Visit with Barbaro's Dam and Yearling Brother

August 13, 2008

This summer, one 2-year-old colt has attracted a national following. His name is Nicanor, and he is Barbaro's full brother. In the blog Nicanor: Tracking Barbaro's... Read More

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Veterinary Updates from Hong Kong

August 12, 2008

Horses and riders initially appeared to have emerged unscathed from yesterday's eventing cross-country competition, but later it was learned that Keymaster, a Swedish team horse under Magnus Gallerdal, pulled up lame in his right foreleg.... Read More