Workshop Offers Sport Horse Owners an 'Edge' on Health Care Educational Event

Achieving prime fitness in equine athletes will be the objective of The Winning Edge: Promoting Peak Performance in the Equine Athlete, a horse owner workshop held in conjunction with the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games.

Hosted by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Alltech and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, the Friday, Sept. 24 workshop will be set in Lexington, KY, just one day prior to the opening of the Games.

The workshop will unite members of the diverse disciplines of equestrian sport to learn about specialized health care practices. Horse owners and competitors will gain an understanding of industry issues and relevant health care information from veterinarians who have treated world champions.

Speakers and topics include:

  • FEI Rules and Regulations Regarding the Use of Medications in Sport Horses A. Kent Allen, DVM
  • Use of Joint Medications for Sport Horses - C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, Ph.D., FRCVS, DSc
  • Managing Carbohydrates for Performance Horses - Bill Vandergrift, Ph.D.
  • Current Threats Faced by the Sport Horse Industry - Graeme Cooke, MA, VetMB, MRCVS
  • Purchasing or Adopting the Ex-Racehorse for Sport: What Will Help Me Succeed? - Chris Newton, DVM
  • Activate Your Horse's Core: Unmounted Exercises for Suppleness, Strength and Balance - Hilary Clayton, BVMS, Ph.D., MRCVS
  • Muscle Diseases in the Sport Horse - Stephanie Valberg, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM
  • Shoeing Options for Sport Horse Disciplines - Rodney J. King, NZCEF, CJF, AWCF

The workshop will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Sponsors of the workshop include Bayer Healthcare Animal Health, HayGain Hay Steamers, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Triple Crown Feeds and The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care.

Pre-registration is $75 and available online at The deadline to pre-register is Sept. 7. After Sept. 7, registration increases to $90 and will only be available onsite. For more information about the workshop or to register, visit

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, KY, was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its 10,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

Alltech, the title sponsor of the 2010 World Equestrian Games, strives to improve animal health and performance by adding nutritional value to feed naturally, through yeast fermentation and enzyme technology. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Ky., Alltech has bioscience centers in the United States, Ireland and Thailand, and offices and distributors in 113 countries. For more information on Alltech and its products, go to

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, the Official Equine Hospital and Veterinary Partner of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, is a full-service equine hospital and referral center for horses requiring specialized medical and surgical care. Rood & Riddle is known and respected throughout the world for innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses. The hospital facility offers a full range of services including surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, lameness diagnosis, advanced diagnostic imaging, a focused podiatry center and specialized reproductive center. The practice also provides ambulatory services for sport horses, emergencies, preventative care, general reproduction, radiography and medical care. For more information on Rood & Riddle, visit