Additional programming was announced Sept. 2 for the World Equine Expo to be hosted within the EQUUS Theater, occurring alongside the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon International Equestrian Center Sept.11-23. Spectators can expect to hear insight from renowned Olympians, experts in equine care and medicine, and from industry innovators and academics.
Clayton Fredericks, Olympic silver medalist in eventing, will present on “WEG Course, Which Horse?” Using his experience as a competitor, trainer and coach at the sport’s highest level to provide insight on the progress of the discipline of eventing at WEG. His presentation will include an analysis of how the competition is unfolding at TIEC and how he believes the cross-country phase will ride, highlighting influential fences and combinations on course while making predictions of performance and pairs to watch. Fredericks will be available for a Q&A session following his presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 11:00 a.m., and joins an extensive portion of World Equine Expo programming courtesy of Brooke USA.
Dr. Katie Cosgriff Curry is a fourth-generation farrier and holds a doctorate in chiropractic from the University of Western States. She is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and specializes in equine hoof care in relation to horse spinal health. Curry is also the author of “No Back, No Farrier,” created from her experience as a certified strength and conditioning specialist to help farriers and trimmers prolong their careers in the profession and will be bringing this expertise to the podium in the EQUUS Theater on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 9:00 a.m.
Presenting a top 10 list of important facts regarding equine identification, Debi Metcalfe, founder of the nonprofit organization Stolen Horse International, Inc., will utilize her decades of experience working to recover stolen equines to present content that can help all equestrians prevent horse theft. Metcalfe will present on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 11:00 a.m.
The World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses is the only international federation of studbooks for sport horses in dressage, jumping and eventing. The federation’s goals include stimulating the development of sport-horse breeding worldwide and bridging the gap between breeding and sport. Nadine Brandtner will give a presentation of the evolution of sport horse breeding, the role of the studbooks, and the history and development of the WBFSH on Friday, Sept. 21 at 11:00 a.m.
One of numerous programming components related to equine breeding, Dr. Modesty Burleson’s presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 11:00 a.m. will focus on breeding sport horse mares and common problems often faced in this field, also including descriptions of diagnostic procedures such as transrectal ultrasound, intra-uterine culture and cytology, hysteroscopy and uterine biopsy. She will review common treatment therapies and will discuss breeding with fresh vs. frozen semen.
Dr. Erin Newkirk will present an informative discussion on heat, stress, and reproduction in performance mares and stallions, drawing from her work as an associate veterinarian at Reid & Associates Equine Clinic in Loxahatchee, Florida, to enhance and develop Reid & Associates reproduction service with an extensive laboratory to support equine breeding and reproductive medicine. Dr. Newkirk graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, is a member of the Society for Theriogenolog, and is pursuing her diplomate status for the American College of Theriogenologists. Dr. Newkirk will present on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Lisa Lourie, owner of one of the largest sport horse breeding operations in America known as Spy Coast Farm, will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that U.S. breeders face on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11:00 a.m. She will share her knowledge of breeding management and marketing as well as review topics relating to training and showing in the U.S.
The lead educator with Franklin Method Equestrian, Alysen Starko-Bowes will take to the EQUUS Theater on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9:00 a.m. to demonstrate the organization’s imagery and body educational system with focus on the sport-specific needs of equestrians for riding. Franklin Method Equestrian utilizes “Franklin Balls” as tools both in and out of the saddle helping riders become balanced, focused and communicate efficiently with their horse, which Starko-Bowes will demonstrate in addition to how “Franklin Balls” can be used as an exercise tool both in and out of the saddle to increase strength, flexibility, and awareness.
Presenting on the effects of horse-and-rider interactions on equine performance, Dr. Kristine Vernon of Clemson University’s Animal and Veterinary Sciences department will highlight her recent research and current field knowledge on the horse-rider interface, which directly impacts the horse’s athletic performance and longevity as an athlete. Dr. Vernon will present on Friday, Sept. 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Samantha Brooks will present on “Horse Genetics 101: What Every Horse Owner Needs to Know about Genes,” where she will explore how the future of a foal unfolds from the genetic code contained within its cells and survey the basics of genes’ influence over important characteristics for equine health and performance on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9:00a.m. Brooks will also share on “Galloping into the Future: Recent Research in Horse Genomics,” covering emerging technologies in genome sequencing and how new tools available to horse owners and breeders have the potential to change the way sport horses are bred and managed on Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Sarah Mouri, DVM and Resident Sport Horse Veterinarian at Spy Coast Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, will present an overview of current modalities for equine fitness, injury prevention and rehabilitation on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 9:00 a.m. She will discuss the need for clinical studies to substantiate claims of efficacy in horses and the suggested protocols for modality use.
Randi Thompson is the CEO of the “Horse and Rider Awareness Educational Programs,” including: How to Market Your Horse Business, Jumping Instructors, Dressage Instructors, and Movers and Shakers of the Horse World, and the Ladies Horse Society. She will present an interactive discussion on equine liability statutes and examples of what equestrians can do to make a difference in how they doing business in the horse world on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 11:00 a.m.
The CEO of Equicore, Summer Stoffel, will discuss how new technology is transforming and disrupting the equine industry in a positive and empowering way, and what it means to horse owners worldwide on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10:00 a.m. Equicore was founded in 2015 and seeks to be a catalyst for integration of technology in the equine industry for positive impact while supporting every facet of the equine industry through advanced technology solutions.
Programming is subject to change, and to view the full schedule of programming in the EQUUS Theater, including the EQUUS Film Festival presented by Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC, click HERE.