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.)
To donate to this important study visit www.useafoundation.org.
For over 20 years the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) has been educating all levels of eventing instructors to confirm their knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, upon which they will continue to build throughout their teaching lifetime. The USEA is now shining the spotlight each month on some of the 300 ICP Certified Instructors.
The future of three-day eventing is in the new USEA Event Management System (EMS)! This new software system will allow for competitors, coaches, organizers, and secretaries to have relevant event information in their hands. By using advanced technology, this new software system will be an all-encompassing tool used to provide a well-organized, smooth competition with limited contact and instant updates.
This past weekend, the footing of the new arenas at the Fair Hill Special Event Zone saw its very first hoofprints as competitors in the CCI3*-S at Fair Hill International also participated in the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Test Event. The new Fair Hill Special Event Zone, which has been specially designed with the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in mind, consists of three brand-new arenas on the infield of the recently upgraded iconic turf track and a new cross-country course designed by Ian Stark.
How competitive have your Novice results been? What’s a good final score? What’s a good dressage score? What does it take to win? In our third installment of this series, EquiRatings showcases the Novice level. Use these graphs and statistics to help evaluate your Novice game.