Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Team USA Wins WEG Silver in Show Jumping, Drivers Placed Well After Dressage

September 01, 2006

It was a late start for the show jumpers on Thursday at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), but it is better late than never. The Main Stadium was once again packed to the rafters, full of fans cheering the competitors and... Read More

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Several WEG Reining Horses Fail Veterinary Inspection

September 01, 2006

The day started out in a light hearted fashion.

Everyone was talking about "the hats." FEI provided clothing for their officials, including the Reining crew. Only problem, none of the reiners were wearing the official straw hat. It was... Read More

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US Reining Team Wins WEG Gold, Four-in-Hand Continues Competition

September 01, 2006

More than 38,000 fans of reining and driving descended on the 2006 World Equestrian Games on Friday to watch the exciting marathon phase of four-in-hand driving and the Team medal competition in the Western discipline of reining. It was a... Read More

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Ernesto Trudges Up the East Coast

September 01, 2006

Ernesto struck land in North Carolina just after 11 p.m. yesterday (Aug. 31), reports the National Weather Service. Packing 70 mph winds, it was just short of being classified as a hurricane.

The storm is now moving inland along North... Read More

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Madden Retains WEG Show Jumping Lead, Driving Gets Underway

August 31, 2006

It's double duty again at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, as two disciplines play out simultaneously - one of them in the Main Stadium (show jumping) and the other having its first-day opener in Stadium 2 (four-in-hand... Read More

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WEG Photo Gallery: Beezie Holds on to Show Jumping Lead

August 31, 2006

Team USA's Beezie Madden and Authentic hold on to their lead in the second day of show jumping at the 2006 WEG. Madden and Authentic still stand on a score of 0.0.... Read More

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Katrina Still Affecting Louisiana Racehorse Sales, Breeders

August 31, 2006

One year ago all eyes were on the Gulf of Mississippi and the path of Hurricane Katrina. The category four storm made landfall in New Orleans Aug. 29 while many of Louisiana's breeders and consignors were attending the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer... Read More

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Woodbine Debuts New Polytrack Surface

August 31, 2006

Demi Song bounced his way into Canadian Thoroughbred record books at Woodbine Aug. 30 when the gelding won the first race over the track's new Polytrack surface.

Woodbine is only the second track in North America to hold a race meeting o... Read More

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New Orleans Racetrack Restoration Project Nearing Completion

August 30, 2006

On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of the Gulf Coast, the restoration project at Fair Grounds Race Course continues, as does the countdown to the return of racing.

Fair Grounds administration returned to its... Read More

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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