WEG Health Wrap-Up

Seventy coun­tries, eight dis­ci­plines, hun­dreds of sup­port per­son­nel and the af­ter­math of a hur­ri­cane de­scended on Tryon for the 2018 World Eques­trian Games.

EQUUS - - Insights Conformation - By Kim­berly S. Brown

Plan­ning for the health and safety of the equine com­peti­tors at the FEI World Eques­trian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 be­gan long be­fore the first horses started ar­riv­ing through quar­an­tine on Septem­ber 1. And a tremen­dous amount of man­power went into keep­ing the horses healthy, safe and com­pet­ing on a level play­ing field de­spite travel, heat, hu­mid­ity and the rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Florence.

Ev­ery team for each coun­try could bring a team vet­eri­nar­ian. Some teams had vet­eri­nar­i­ans who were “grooms” who kept a watch­ful eye on the horses. There were 60-70 FEI Vet Ser­vices vol­un­teer vet­eri­nar­i­ans work­ing at any time at the fa­cil­ity (depend­ing on the event). Com­pe­ti­tions such as En­durance, the cross-coun­try phase of Event­ing and the marathon phase of Driv­ing all re­quired ex­tra vet­eri­nar­i­ans on course.

All of those vet­eri­nar­i­ans were in ad­di­tion to the specialists (such as the vet­eri­nary phys­io­ther­apy team, an in­ter­nal medicine spe­cial­ist and a ded­i­cated imag­ing vet) who were

manning the equine hospi­tal and lab­o­ra­tory on the WEG com­pe­ti­tion grounds at the Tryon In­ter­na­tional Eques­trian Cen­ter. There were also 37 fourth-year vet­eri­nary stu­dents, one from each vet school in North Amer­ica and the Caribbean. They were par­tic­i­pat­ing in an AAEP pro­gram that al­lowed them to work along­side treat­ing and reg­u­la­tory vet­eri­nar­i­ans to learn more about sporthorse care at the ul­ti­mate level.

The group of treat­ing vet­eri­nar­i­ans at WEG Tryon 2018 was headed by the hus­band-wife team of Bill Hay, DVM, DACVS, and Anne Bas­kett, DVM, DACVS, with as­sis­tance from Yves Rossier, DVM, DACVIM. Hay and Bas­kett are part­ners in Tryon Equine Hospi­tal, which is just a few min­utes away from the Tryon In­ter­na­tional Eques­trian Cen­ter.

There were many ups and downs in the WEG Tryon 2018 com­pe­ti­tions, which be­gan with a false start for nearly half of the En­durance com­peti­tors, fol­lowed by a restart of all horses. Even­tu­ally the event was can­celled be­cause of health con­cerns due to high heat, hu­mid­ity and an af­ter­noon rain shower.

Keep­ing horses (and hu­mans) com­fort­able and safe given the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions was an on­go­ing con­cern at WEG Tryon 2018. Then Hur­ri­cane Florence landed on the North Carolina coast, bring­ing flood­ing in­land and forc­ing events to be resched­uled in the mid­dle of the com­pe­ti­tion.

We hope you en­joy some of the images of WEG Tryon 2018. We in­vite you to visit EquiMan­age­ment.com and search un­der “FEI World Eques­trian Games” for the many ar­ti­cles and news sto­ries sur­round­ing the event. Health cov­er­age of WEG Tryon 2018 was brought to you by Kin­dredBio Equine.

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