Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Big Brown's Owners Prepare to Open Belmont Equine Hospital

June 21, 2008

At the beginning of 2008, International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) anticipated that its biggest event of the year would be the opening of the $17-million equine medical facility it built and funded a stone's throw outside the gates of... Read More

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Hearing Shows Thoroughbred Racing at Critical Point

June 20, 2008

Drugged equines, grisly catastrophic injuries, greedy breeders, damaged racehorses with nowhere to go, inaction and confusion, and industry leaders more concerned with holding onto power than doing the right thing--a congressional subcommittee... Read More

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Few Horses Stranded by Iowa Floods

June 19, 2008

When levies failed and floodwaters put most of Cedar Rapids, Iowa under water, the Iowa Equestrian Center on the Kirkwood Community College campus became a temporary shelter for more than 700 displaced animals. But only eight of them are horses.... Read More

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Racing Groups Have Say Before Washington Hearing

June 19, 2008

As the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Consumer Protection prepared for a June 19 hearing on the horseracing industry, groups continued to weigh in on various issues, including use of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

On June 18, the... Read More

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Ban on Racehorse Steroids, Toe Grabs Recommended

June 18, 2008

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee announced June 17 that it is recommending the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, all aimed at improving safety and integrity in... Read More

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Bramlage, Chairman Explain Racehorse Safety Recommendations

June 18, 2008

Following the recommendations The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee made regarding the elimination of steroids, ban of toe grabs, and changes in whip usage, chairman... Read More

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Special Report: Catastrophic Injuries

June 17, 2008

Following the euthanasia of the filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter-mile after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Continues Racehorse Steroid Study

June 17, 2008

A committee of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council is continuing to gather information on anabolic steroids and is not yet ready to make a recommendation to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Jim Smith, DVM, who chairs the committee,... Read More

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New Research on Protein Metabolism Underway

June 17, 2008

Kristine Urschel, BSc, PhD, a postdoctoral student working under Paul Mellon Professor Ray Geor, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension... Read More

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Thoroughbred Mare, Foal Reports Due to Jockey Club

June 16, 2008

With the Thoroughbred breeding and foaling seasons nearing conclusion, The Jockey Club reminds owners and breeders to submit reports of mares bred and live foal reports.

RMBs for the 2008 breeding season are due by Aug. 1, while live foal... Read More

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FEI Appoints New Executive Director of Sport

June 16, 2008

David Holmes of Great Britain has been appointed to the position of Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Executive Director, Sports.

In this role, Holmes will:

  • Lead the FEI Sports Departments and manage their planning,... Read More

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Curlin Rolls to Easy Victory in Stephen Foster

June 15, 2008

Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin took the lead entering the stretch and rolled to an impressive4 1/4-length victory in the $1-million Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Longshot Barcola jumped out to the early advantage, leading... Read More

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New Senior Track Vet Named for Calder Race Course

June 15, 2008

Calder Race Course has named Patricia Marquis, DVM, as its new senior track veterinarian, successor to Mary Scollay, DVM, who is taking the new position of Equine Medical Director at th... Read More

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Three-Time World Champion Named as Chef d'Equipe for the U.S. Endurance Squad

June 14, 2008

After an extensive search, the USEF has named three-time World Endurance Champion and 1990 AHSA/Hertz Equestrian of the Year, Becky Hart, as Chef d'Equipe for the U.S. Endurance riders.

An Endurance veteran, Hart was inducted into the American... Read More

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Course Designers Selected for WEG 2010 Show Jumping

June 13, 2008

Conrad Homfeld and Richard Jeffery have been selected as course designers for show jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, organizers announced recently.

The 2010 Games will feature eight world championships in equestrian sport,... Read More

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Michigan Thoroughbred Track on Schedule for July Opening

June 13, 2008

Pinnacle Race Course in Michigan remains on schedule for a July 18 opening.

Pinnacle, which will bring live Thoroughbred racing back to the Detroit metropolitan area for the first time since 1998, plans a "soft" opening this summer,... Read More

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Manure Management Webcast Available through Extension

June 13, 2008

The term "small farm" can bring to mind anything from a couple of horses on several acres to a family dairy or feedlot. All small farms share the common challenge to properly manage manure with limited time and money.

Specialists from acros... Read More

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Belmont Contenders in Good Shape After Race

June 11, 2008

The runners from the June 7 Belmont Stakes were resting well, their trainers looking on to future goals for the summer as the Triple Crown season concluded June 7.

Denis of Cork, second in the Belmont, was in good shape following a rally... Read More

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British Event Horse Toytown Injured, Out of Olympics

June 11, 2008

Zara Phillips, a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, has pulled out of the Beijing Olympics equestrian competition because of an injury to her horse.

The horse, Toytown, was injured during training.

A reserve rider and horse... Read More

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Big Brown Trainer, Jockey Meet

June 11, 2008

Trainer Rick Dutrow's initial displeasure over Kent Desormeaux's ride aboard Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes had abated quite a bit the morning of June 11, after he met with the Hall of Fame jockey. Dutrow said... Read More

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Floods Cause Cancellation of Elmer Bandit's Scheduled Ride

June 10, 2008

Elmer Bandit, the 37-year-old Half-Arabian gelding closing in on a lifetime competitive trail mileage record, is under the weather. No, he's not sick--his competitive trail career is... Read More

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Big Brown Trainer Says He Feels 'Like a Loser'

June 10, 2008

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. says he feels "like a loser" after Big Brown's stunning last-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, and he was still searching for answers Monday about what went wrong.

Big Brown became the first horse seeking the Tripl... Read More

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Horsemanship, Lack of Data Discussed at Eventing Safety Summit

June 10, 2008

Officials with the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) and U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) collected input from the equestrian community on ways to improve eventing safety at a summit on June 7-8. Proposed solutions range from required... Read More

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Iavarone: Reason for Big Brown's Loss Unknown

June 09, 2008

One day after Big Brown was eased in his attempt to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and the Triple Crown as the 3-10 favorite, one of his co-owners said there is nothing physically wrong with the Boundary colt.

"We went over him good last... Read More

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Spanish Educational Lesson Plans Offered by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

June 09, 2008

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum's current educational programs have gone bilingual. All existing and future educational lesson plans offered by the museum will now be available in Spanish.

Two Bits for Your Brain was... Read More