The USEA Cardiopulmonary Research Group has prepared a summary of studies to date including the history, research questions, studies, summary of findings and future goals. The document can be viewed here.
The group was founded in 2008 and has held a number of field studies, the most recent of which was in August of 2014 at the Waredaca Horse Trials. "Results of these pilot studies are the basis for our current hypothesis that horses may develop transient cardiac arrhythmias while on cross-country, and that, in some instances, these arrhythmias may compromise exercise tolerance and could lead to falls, injuries or fatalities." The document goes on to explain that "development of a suitable 'on board' monitoring system remains our highest priority" in order to record interpretable exercise ECGs in competing horses during warm up, the cross-country round, and the first 10 minutes of the recovery period.
To donate to these important studies visit www.useafoundation.org.
The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award visits each of the 10 USEA Areas each year, presenting one junior and one adult amateur rider at the Training level with an award based on safe and effective cross-country riding. The Area VIII leg of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award took place at the Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials, August 2-4, 2019. Noah Stanlaske and Michelle Weeks earned the junior and adult amateur awards, respectively.
For those that compete in a Hylofit USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event, what truly sets the competition apart from a regular horse trials is endurance day, where, in addition to cross-country, riders have the chance to experience the two roads and tracks phases and the steeplechase phase.
“We need to back up and look at the gut,” said Dr. Maureen Kelleher before diving into an explanation of the many different oral joint supplements on the market. “Digestion begins in the mouth. Salivary secretion starts to break things down as the horse chews things up and then swallows, and it ends up in the stomach. We’ve got more digestion occurring in the stomach and the small intestine, and absorption starts to occur in the small intestine and continues in the large intestine.”
The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (FHI) will host the U.S. Equestrian CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L Fall Eventing Championships along with the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry, October 17-20 at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area. The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International will award $50,000 in prize money.