The USEA Equine Cardiopulmonary Research Group will be conducting a study this weekend at the New Jersey Horse Park as part of the New Jersey Horse Trials I, June 27-28. The Group has been working on improving the testing techniques and the USEA has now purchased additional equipment that will allow for more horses to be included in the study.
In April, Dr. Catherine Kohn updated the membership on the work being done by the Equine Cardiopulmonary Research Group. Dr. Kohn emphasized the importance of getting more horses involved in the study when she said, “This is a small study population that may not reflect findings in a representative population of appropriate size.” Her recommendations for follow up were clear: study many more horses.
Dr. Kohn also stated “The AliveCor ECG Device and App for the iPhone makes it possible to perform a field ECG anywhere that one has a cell phone signal.” A major challenge the group faced was the design and fabrication of a device that “will allow us to record the horse’s ECG at rest, during the warm-up, while on the cross-country, and during the initial phases of the recovery period.” The goal was to do more pilot studies of the newest prototypes throughout the season, and the New Hersey Horse Trials this weekend will be the first of a planned series of studies to continue through the summer.
The USEA would very much appreciate the cooperation of this weekend’s competitors in making horses available for the study. The team of veterinarians will work within your competition schedule and will keep you fully informed every step of the way. All results are completely confidential. Priority will be given to horses competing at the highest levels this weekend, but please do not hesitate to ask the veterinarians if you have a specific concern about your horse. Sign-up sheets and a questionnaire about your horse’s general health will be available on grounds.
The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention came to a close on Sunday with the final USEA Board of Governors meeting. After the call to order, USEA Senior Director of Membership Services/Meeting Planner Jennifer Hardwick gave a brief overview of the annual meeting. There were 321 attendees and 220 who came to the awards dinner. Next year’s Annual Meeting & Convention will be held in Seattle, Washington, from Dec. 10-15 at the Westin Seattle.
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United States Eventing Association (USEA) members from all over the country gathered on Saturday night for the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention Year End Awards Ceremony. The evening’s ceremony was led by Master of Ceremonies Jim Wolf and recognized riders, horses, and game-changers in the sport of eventing with multiple awards and grants.
Hosting the Annual Meeting of Members each December has been a requirement set forth by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) by-laws (then the United States Combined Training Association) since 1959. This year, USEA members are gathering in St. Louis, Missouri, for the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention from Dec. 7 - Dec. 10 for four jam-packed days of educational seminars and open forums full of conversation surrounding our sport. Lunch on Friday, however, served as an opportunity for attendees to gather together for the USEA Meeting of Members once again.