Three-time Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event winner Karen O'Connor previews this year's event, Rob Burk, Senior Director of Programs, tells us what visitors to the booth at Rolex can expect, and Skyeler Voss from Area II presents this week's training tip on the topic of accuracy.
Ellen Doughty from Area V is our Rolex Featured Rider this week as she shares her preparation for her debut with Sir Oberon, and her plans for another special event taking place on the cross country course. Dr. Victoria Maxwell from Luitpold Animal Health explains the applications and benefits of Adequan in treating degenerative joint diseases.
Our Featured Rolex Rider, Meghan O'Donoghue from Area IV, talks about her preparation for this year's event and Emily Beshear from Area II begins a new series on Trainer's Tips with advice on improving your transitions.
Abby Keegan, U.S. Equine Innovation & Application Manager for Cargill Feeds, the parent company of USEA Sponsor Nutrena, offers the latest information and research on finding the optimum feed for your event horse. You can download our podcasts at iTunes.
German Breeder and Competitor Maren Engelhardt attended the recent Future Event Horse and Young Event Horse Seminar which was held at Longwood Farm in Ocala, FL and offers a comparison with the German system. For more information on the Future Event Horse Program click here and for the Young Event Horse click here.
Sharon White and Boyd Martin compare and contrast the different facilities and opportunities for winter training in Aiken, SC versus Ocala, FL, as well as sharing their preparations for the spring season. This podcast is also available for download on iTunes.
Roy Burek, Managing Director of Charles Owen, offers some important information about helmet awareness and safety measures, notably the effects of injury and how to help yourself recover from concussion as well as emphasizing the reasons why riders should always wear helmets. Visit their website for information about their range of products at www.charlesowen.com.
Karen O'Connor pays tribute to Biko who passed away on January 29, 2014 at the age of 30. Biko, a large, bay Thoroughbred gelding (Beau Charmeur - My Hansel) with a lovely white blaze holds the number six spot on the USEA Top Ten All American High Point Horses of the Century, and in 1999 won the Horse of the Century Award from the USEA. He was owned by the late Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Thompson of Malvern, Pennsylvania. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Lauren Kieffer has been producing young horses for Mrs. Jacqueline Mars and Team O'Connor for the past nine years, mainly with graduates from the successful home-bred program. Lauren explains the system that is used and why she believes it provides a solid foundation for the team.
Michael Pollard discusses the importance of rider fitness and suggests some options to get started and the benefits of maintaining a program as well as some advice on nutrition and beverages. These podcasts are also available on iTunes.