Sport Horse Enthusiasts Invited to Special Pre-Games Educational Workshop

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Achieving prime fitness in equine athletes will be the objective of The Winning Edge: Promoting Peak Performance in the Equine Athlete, a workshop for horse owners, trainers and competitors held in conjunction with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Hosted by Alltech, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, the workshop will take place Friday, Sept. 24 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington, just one day prior to the opening of the Games.

The full-day educational program features an international roster of sport horse experts addressing issues that are important to the overall health and well being of performance horses.

Speakers and topics include:
* Use of Joint Medications for the Sport Horse - 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
* FEI Rules and Regulations Regarding the Use of Medications in Sport Horses - A. Kent Allen, DVM

Sponsors of the workshop include Bayer Healthcare Animal Health, EQUUS, 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.  Lunch is included with the price of registration. For more information about the workshop, visit or call the AAEP office at (859) 233-0147.

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 120 countries.  For more information on Alltech and its products, go to

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.

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