Summer Heat Too Hot to Handle? (Book Excerpt)

April 01, 2008

With the exception of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which began in September to allow for the southern hemisphere's "reversed" order of seasons--winter in Australia is summer in North America--the summer Olympic Games generally are held in just... Read More


Olympic Eventer Remains in Critical Condition Following Fall

March 18, 2008

Darren Chiacchia, a 2004 U.S. Olympic equestrian team member, remained in critical condition on Monday after falling off his horse during a weekend competition.

Chiacchia suffered a severe head injury, but doctors ruled out a spinal injury... Read More


Olympic Rider Darren Chiacchia Injured in Fall at Florida Event

March 17, 2008

Darren Chiacchia, a 2004 U.S. Olympic equestrian team member, was critically injured during an event Saturday.

The 42-year-old Chiacchia was injured during a fall at a fence at the Red Hills Horse Trials competition, event organizers Red... Read More


Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Provide Joint Therapy for 2008 Olympic Games

March 13, 2008

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. are teaming up in an innovative campaign to support U.S. equine athletes in their push to the 2008 Olympic Games. Luitpold has agreed to provide Adequan (polysulfated... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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