Sep 02, 2015

USEA Cardiopulmonary Research Study Picks up the Pace

Volunteers working at the very first cardiopulmonary study at Plantation Field in 2009. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo

Thank you to those who participated in our Cardiopulmonary Research Group studies at Waredaca 2014, Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials I, 2015 and Fair Hill Horse Trials, 2015. Without your continued support, this study would not be possible. So far we have instrumented 65 horses in the Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels. We will be at the Plantation Field International CIC in September and the Fair Hill International Three-Day in October and still need volunteers at all levels. If you are willing to volunteer please email Catherine Kohn, DVM. At the event, look for our banner and signs.

Who are we and what are we doing? The Cardiopulmonary Research group was put together by the USEA in response to a perceived increase in sudden deaths associated with the cross-country phase of Eventing. Sudden deaths that occur in Eventing are presumed to be arrhythmogenic in origin (caused by severe irregularities in heart rhythm), when no other cause is identifiable. The main study goals are to characterize heart rhythms prior to, during and immediately after cross-country in healthy horses competing in various levels, gather data on heart rate during cross-country and compare types of arrhythmias and heart rates across the different levels of competition. The research group is composed of volunteers (veterinarians, riders and others) who donate their time and expertise to collect and analyze data.

What’s involved? The success of this endeavor depends on you as riders, trainers and owners to volunteer your time and your horses to be instrumented with recording devices. These devices record the heart rhythm (ECG) and heart rate. (Currently available heart rate monitors used for fitness training obtain heart rates, but do not obtain heart rhythm information.) It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to listen to the horse’s heart for any murmurs and apply the recording device underneath the saddle prior to cross-country (and prior to stadium depending on event). The horse’s usual saddle, girth and pad(s) are used. Following cross-country, the device is easily removed along with the saddle and the digital data is then downloaded to a computer for review. ECGs are read for significant arrhythmias at the event and will be later reviewed in detail for more subtle arrhythmias. Riders will be informed of any heart murmurs at the time of the physical examination and of any concerning heart arrhythmias as soon as possible (usually same day as the Event). Benign arrhythmias will not be reported to riders individually, but will be summarized at the conclusion of the study. (All information pertaining to specific horses/riders/owners is kept confidential.)

An example ECG taken during cross-country at one of the previous studies.

To donate to this important study visit www.useafoundation.org.

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The Maryland 5 Star Daily: Show Jumping

After a jam-packed week, the final day of competition at the Maryland 5 Star is upon us. Riders have shown off their style in the horse inspection, danced their way down the centerline in dressage, and contested some serious obstacles in cross-country up until this point. Now it's time to demonstrate the fitness and accuracy that each horse possesses in the final phase: show jumping.

Oct 16, 2021 Competitions

Maryland 5 Star Rider Talk: What Did They Say After Cross-Country?

It was a great day of cross-country riding at the Maryland 5 Star. There were 35 horses who crossed the finish and 11 of those finished double clear. With British, French, New Zealand, Canadian, and American riders coming through the finish flags – it was a true world class competition. The USEA was at the finish to see what the riders thought of the very first Maryland 5 Star cross-country track designed by Ian Stark.

Oct 16, 2021 Competitions

What Happened Where? 2021 Maryland 5 Star Cross-Country Rewind

Weren’t able to spend your morning glued to the livestream of the 2021 Maryland 5 Star cross-country? Couldn’t be there in person to trek up the hills? We have you covered with a play-by-play of what happened on Ian Stark’s cross-country course which gave both the designer and the riders many sleepless nights, but ended up riding quite well for the majority of the field.

Oct 16, 2021 Competitions

Kurt Martin Maintains CCI3*-L Lead at Maryland 5 Star

Kurt Martin maintains his lead in the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship with a score of 23.5. He piloted D.A. Lifetime, Debbie Adams’ 9-year-old mare, through a fault-free cross-country round over the new Ian Stark-designed course.

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