Sport Horse Health: “Winning Ways” Conference

The International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) has announced a special educational event to be held a month before the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

ICEEP’s “Winning Ways” equine science conference is planned for Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on June 16-17, 2012. ?This meeting will be hosted by the University of Liverpool and will involve specialist equine clinicians from the university?s Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital. Leading international experts in equine exercise physiology will present ?the latest research on equine performance, horse health, and exercise in the lead-up to London’s 2012 Olympic Games. Individual-track programs are tailored for veterinarians, physiotherapists or horse owners and trainers who specialize in carriage driving, showjumping and eventing, endurance, dressage, and racing. International guest speakers include equine physiotherapist Narelle Stubbs, official physiotherapist for the Australian Olympic Equestrian Team and co-author of the popular book Activate your Horse’s Core (with Dr. Hilary Clayton). Stubbs is currently a visiting research associate at Michigan State University’s McPhail Equine Performance Center while completing her doctorate.?She will present the latest research and practical techniques on how to get the best from a performance horse. She said: ?I am thrilled to be a part of this year?s ICEEP conference, particularly as it has been opened up to an audience beyond the scientific community. Stubbs expressed her enthusiasm for the “Winning Ways” event: ?Myself and the rest of the speakers are looking forward immensely to sharing the latest knowledge and research so that as many people as possible can benefit from scientific and medical advances in equine health and we hope as many people as possible are able to join us at Aintree.? An impressive lineup of national and international authorities in exercise surgery and rehabilitation will share the latest findings and knowledge ?at the two-day conference. International experts will include (in alphabetical order) British dressage Olympian and current Team GBR Dressage World Class Performance Manager?Richard Davison, Pat Harris, Ken Hinchcliff, Teresa Hollands, Shane Kitching, David Marlin, Cathy McGowan, Shaun McKane, Chris Proudman, Nicole Rombach, Ellen Singer, Debbie Topping, Neil Townsend, Emmanuelle Van Erck, Rene Van Weeren, and Lesley Young. Horse feed specialist Dodson & Horrell is one of the event?s main sponsors and Dr Teresa Hollands R.Nutr, Senior Nutritionist and advisor to Team GBR, will be sharing some of the newest information on feeding the performance horse. Dr Hollands feels passionately that knowledge is there to be shared. She says: ?With the work we have been doing with Team GBR combined with our experiences over the last 25 years, and of course the Olympics on the horizon, this conference is particularly timely. ?Not only do we want to use the results to support our elite horses but also to provide an information legacy for all horse owners and riders. We are really proud to be part of this unique event, and we look forward to seeing you there!? About ICEEP: The science of exercise physiology began in the late 19th century, with a range of investigations in humans and animals to study what factors influence the capacity for exercise. Because of their prominence, a number of studies were also carried out on working horses. The first horse treadmill, built in Sweden in the 1960s, stimulated an upsurge of research activity, with laboratories around the world studying the influence of training, nutrition, drugs and problems of the various body systems (e.g. heart, lung, muscle) on capacity for exercise. Against this background, the First International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) was held in Oxford, England, in 1982. Meetings have been held every four years since then. The next meeting will take place in June 2014 in Chester in the United Kingdom. For further information re registration/booking, and sponsorship packages for the Winning Ways Conference, ?please contact Gill Beckett at or telephone +44(0)151 794 6016. For more information about ICEEP please visit ? Visit the?ICEEP 2012 Winning Ways Conference web site link. ????????? Fran Jurga is a freelance writer and editor from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her blogs include The Jurga Report for EQUUS Magazine and War Horse News on the 2011 Steven Spielberg film. Fran is the founder of Hoofcare and Lameness Journal and writes a specialist Hoof Blog. You can follow Fran on Facebook and Twitter for more news about the horse world. In 2008, Fran wrote the WorldRides blog for the Hong Kong equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Discover WEG blog for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010.

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