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Olympic Workshop Reviews Horse Health Concerns

February 18, 2008

"Horses will be better cared for than the human athletes at the equestrian Olympic Games in Hong Kong this summer," said International Olympic Committee Medical Director Patrick Schamasch, MD, at the end of the pre-Olympic Workshop held by the... Read More

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Veterinary Preparations for Hong Kong Equestrian Events

February 18, 2008

Christopher M. Riggs, BVSc, PhD, DEO, Dipl. ECVS, MRCVS, Head of Veterinary Clinical Services at the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), reported on the veterinary arrangements for the forthcoming Games at a pre-Olympic Workshop held by the Fédération... Read More

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Summer Games: Keeping Equine Athletes Cool

February 18, 2008

David Marlin, BSc (Hons.) PhD, of David Marlin Consulting Ltd., worked on heat and humidity research for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. He elaborated on some important steps being taken to protect horses from the worst effects of heat... Read More

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Jackie Chan Saddles Up to Promote Olympic Equestrian Events

February 13, 2008

Jackie Chan saddled up for a video to promote the Beijing Olympics' equestrian events.

In the 30-second video, the 53-year-old "Rush Hour" star urges audiences to visit his hometown of Hong Kong to watch the event and introduces various... Read More

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Olympic Horse Manure Management Going Green in Hong Kong

January 15, 2008

The Hong Kong Jockey Club recently demonstrated its manure management program, illustrating one way in which the club will observe the "Green Olympics" theme of the 2008 Olympic Games. Stable waste and manure from the Olympic equestrian venues a... Read More

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Two Canadian Riders Opt Out of Olympics

January 12, 2008

Three top dressage riders--one from Switzerland and two from Canada—have renounced their participation in the 2008 summer Olympics in China, citing potential equine health hazards posed by extreme climate and travel conditions.

Canadian... Read More

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Olympic Organizers Confident Hong Kong Weather will not Endanger Horses

January 10, 2008

Olympic organizers do not expect other equestrian teams to follow the lead of Switzerland by pulling out of events at this year's Games due to Hong Kong's heat and humidity.

The Swiss team said Wednesday that it would not take part in the... Read More

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Swiss Dressage Team Opts Out of Beijing Games; Humidity, Travel Stress Cited

January 09, 2008

Switzerland's dressage team will not take part at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The move follows the withdrawal of the team's top rider, Silvia Ikle, who doesn't want to expose her horse to travel-related stress and the humid conditions in Hon... Read More

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FEI Planning Hong Kong Preparation Meeting

November 21, 2007

The deadline to register for "On to Hong Kong," a workshop to assist participating nations in their preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, is Dec. 1.

The event was organized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)... Read More

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Virginia Tech Leader to Serve as 2008 Olympic Veterinarian

November 20, 2007

David Hodgson, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, had scarcely unpacked his bags after journeying from Sydney, Australia, to the United States to assume his new duties as head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland... Read More

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Eventing Olympic Medalist Winsome Adante Retired

November 13, 2007

After an illustrious career that included three victories at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, a team gold medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, team bronze and individual silver medals at the '04 Olympics, and countless other victories, Winsome Adante... Read More

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Hong Kong To Spend $20 Million On Promoting The Beijing Olympics

November 11, 2007

Hong Kong is planning to spend up to US$20 million to stir up Olympic fever in the Chinese territory and abroad ahead of next year's Beijing Games, an official said Saturday.

Hong Kong, a former British colony on the southern edge of mainland... Read More

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Australia Equine Flu Complicates 2008 Olympic Team Qualification

November 02, 2007

The 2007 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) regional Olympic dressage qualification event, which was scheduled to take place Oct. 24 through 28, is among the hundreds of equestrian events that have been cancelled as a result of the Read More

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FEI Vets to Provide Guidance on Hong Kong Olympic Conditions

October 11, 2007

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) will host a workshop to provide guidance in preparing equine athletes for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. The event, organized by the FEI's welfare subcommittee, will take place in Lausanne,... Read More

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Outbreak: Australian Olympic Horses Vaccinated against Influenza

October 01, 2007

Vaccination of the horses shortlisted to represent Australia at the 2008 Olympics has begun following a special allocation of up to 100 doses of horse flu vaccine for high-value horses used in equestrian competition.

"Vaccine has been... Read More

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Olympic Test Event Complete; Horses Handled Weather Well

August 14, 2007

The Good Luck Beijing--HKSAR 10th Anniversary Cup Eventing Competition concluded Sunday with victory for rider Frank Ostholt and a wealth of information for veterinarians studying the effects of Hong Kong's heat and humidity on equine athletes.... Read More

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Olympic Equestrian Test Event to Begin Saturday

August 10, 2007

A test event to discover any issues with the venue constructed for the 2008 Olympic equestrian competition will begin Saturday. This will be the first equestrian event hosted at the Olympic site in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Jockey Club completed... Read More

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Yearlong Countdown to Olympic Games Begins

August 08, 2007

The yearlong countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games was officially kicked off in host city Beijing with a ceremony at Tiananmen Square. More than 10,000 people attended the event, according to a statement released on the Games' official <... Read More

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Olympic Equestrian Karen O'Connor to Appear on NBC's Today Show

August 07, 2007

Karen O'Connor, two-time Olympic medalist will appear on the Today Show in New York City on August 8.

Riding the amazing pony, Theodore O'Connor, the three-day event rider recently bested a field of talented horses and riders to lead the U.S.... Read More

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Equine Comfort, Safety a Consideration in Olympic Facility Design

August 01, 2007

The equine athletes competing in the 2008 Olympic Games will be housed in special quarters during their stay in Hong Kong, said John Ridley, head of racing operations of The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

While the majority of the 2008 Olympic Game... Read More

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Key Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Facilities Complete

July 12, 2007

The Hong Kong Jockey Club said July 7 that it has completed all key venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic equestrian test events as scheduled. The project had been achieved, from initial planning to completion, in less tha... Read More

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FEI President Elected to International Olympic Committee

July 11, 2007

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, president of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international body governing equestrian sport) was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) July 7. The election took place... Read More

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FEI President Nominated to International Olympic Committee

May 02, 2007

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) President HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is one of four individuals nominated by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board for election as Committee members. The International Olympic... Read More

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FEI: 2008 Olympic Games Progress Report

April 20, 2007

Delegates of the Hong Kong Equestrian Company have reported on the progress made thus far in the preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games. The presentation, which was followed by a question and answer session, covered key areas including venues... Read More

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FEI Equine Veterinarians Provide Guidelines for Hong Kong Olympic Imports

April 07, 2007

The Fédération Equestre Internationale recently released the following information about temporary importations into Hong Kong for the 2008 Olympics.

The importation schedule and quarantine protocols have been finalized. A 7-da... Read More