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.
US Equestrian has announced the nomination of the following athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Eventing Team, as well as the Reserves for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Three direct reserve horses have also been named. A direct reserve horse would be an automatic replacement should the original horse on which an athlete was named need to be substituted.
A combination that can be found on almost every cross-country course starting at the Novice level is the coffin combination. As the levels go up, so does the difficulty of the coffin question. The distances become shorter, coffins become bigger, and the terrain becomes steeper - even the name itself sounds intimidating.
The dressage test is the first of the three phases in eventing. Intended to demonstrate "the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse," the dressage test contains a prescribed list of movements to be carried out in front of a judge, or judges, and which is then given a penalty score that horse and rider carry through to the end of the competition.
On Sunday, June 16, Molly Sullivan and Kate Swain were named the two winners of the Charles Owen Technical Merit award for Area IX at Golden Spike Horse Trials.