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.
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.
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