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 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted last week to postpone the 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention that was scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 10-13, 2020. The intention is to hold the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico instead.
We are currently receiving a lot of questions about this year's event. We will keep working on the 2020 vintage of Les 5 Étoiles de Pau (a CCI5*-L event and FEI Driving World Championship for singles) - a great celebration marking the 30th edition of this event and included in the agenda of the best riders and drivers in the world.
This month we’re going to begin a several-month series about defense and coping mechanisms. It’s common for these two terms to be used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different. Coping mechanisms are mental strategies that resolve stressful events, while defense mechanisms are behaviors that attempt to avoid or hide from them.
While every story submitted to the USEA for the June Horse of the Month was unique and special, it was Teddy’s story that stood out. Therefore, the USEA June Horse of the Month is Talon Ted aka "Teddy", a 14.1 hand, 17-year-old Paint Pinto Gelding owned by Eran Murray and ridden by Eran’s daughter, Brooke Murray.