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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Provides Official Veterinarian Service for Competitions

Lexington, KY - March 17, 2009 - Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, one of the leading providers of equine healthcare, offers veterinary service to horse shows through the Hagyard Sport Horse program. This division of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute specializes in the care and maintenance of show horse athletes, bringing the same quality of treatment to sport horses that the institute has provided for the race horse and breeding industries. The medical institute is located in Lexington, KY, directly across from the Kentucky Horse Park.

Currently in its third season, the Hagyard Sport Horse program is led by FEI-accredited Dr. Duncan Peters, DVM, MS. Dr. Peters and Dr. Holly Schmitt of the Hagyard Sport Horse program are on location with a clinic at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA. The Institute is the official veterinarian service for the eight-week hunter/jumper show circuit. They are completing the circuit in California and will soon return to Lexington, KY.

"When we started the Hagyard Sport Horse program," explained Dr. Peters, "our goal was to take care of the sport horse clients in the area of Lexington and also work with horses that came to compete at the horse park. We've developed a system where we work with each horse's primary veterinarian and have an open line of communication between the two practices. We are now able to work at equestrian competitions as the official veterinarians and treat sport horses of all different breeds and ages."

In addition to being the official horse show veterinarian, Dr. Peters also had FEI Veterinary duties out in Thermal, CA. The HITS Desert Circuit had four World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix events and four additional FEI grand prix classes. The FEI veterinarians were responsible for the veterinary care of FEI horses, and they also followed veterinary regulations throughout the event and worked with managers, stewards, judges, and course designers to ensure health and wellness for the horses.

Along with the HITS Desert Circuit, the Hagyard Sport Horse veterinarians are the official vets for the Horse Shows By The Bay Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, MI, and all of the Kentucky Horse Shows at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

"We look at our program as a team effort to maintain a healthy and sound horse," added Dr. Peters. "It's a specialized area that takes a lot of attention and communication. It's a team of people who are working on these horses. Farriers, trainers, riders, vets, owners, chiropractors, and even psychics," he smiled. "Sport horses travel a lot and there are big demands on them."

Many of the veterinarians in the Sport Horse program have backgrounds in the hunter/jumper industry; however, the Hagyard Sport Horse program also focuses on the competitive disciplines of driving, dressage, eventing, roping, western and vaulting.

In Lexington, the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute has a state-of-the-art facility that offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour ambulance and emergency services, Hyperbaric Medicine, and a Siemens 1.5 Tesla Espree "open" MRI.

For more information on Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please visit their official Web site at http://www.hagyard.com.



Photo Caption: Dr. Duncan Peters, DVM, MS of the Hagyard Sport Horse Program. Photo courtesy of client. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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