Day At The Track

“Caring for Your Equine Athlete”

09:18 AM 16 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Rutgers Equine Science Center
Rutgers Equine Science Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – “Caring for Your Equine Athlete” is the over-arching theme of the upcoming Horse Management Seminar hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.  The seminar, scheduled from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 9, 2014, will feature presentations by several equine industry experts.

A special discount is extended to anyone whose registration and payment are postmarked by January 26, 2014.  Adults may register for only $50 for the full-day program which includes continental breakfast and lunch, while children, students, and seniors may register for $20.  After the deadline, prices increase to $65 and $35 respectively.

“With the World Equestrian Games being held in Normandy, France this year, we thought this would be the perfect time to focus on the equine athlete,” says Dr. Carey Williams, Extension Equine Specialist and Associate Director of Extension for the Equine Science Center.  “Our goal in presenting this workshop is to give participants a glimpse into the life of a WEG rider and valuable advice for any equine athlete, whether it’s an international champion or a trusted lesson horse.”

Williams has assembled presenters who are recognized as experts in their field to offer perspectives and personal insight.  The morning will start with a panel of top competitors from WEG disciplines, including endurance rider Meg Sleeper, combined driving/dressage rider Sara Schmitt, reiner Matthew Palmer, and eventer Carol Kozlowski.  They will discuss their beginnings, ways for interested riders to get started in their disciplines, trials and tribulations of competing at an elite level, and of course they will be open to questions from the audience. 

Other topics and speakers will include “Getting Riders and Horses Ready for WEG” by Jim Wolf, with Wolf Sports Group, consultant to USEF; “Saddle Fitting for All Disciplines” by Rick Wills and Charlie O’Brien from Rick’s Saddle Shop; “Conditioning for Your Equestrian Sport” by Dr. Meg Sleeper, cardiology veterinarian for the Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; and “Hoof Balance and Horse Performance” by Patrick Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services and Director of the Applied Polymer Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania. 

In addition to the educational presentations, the seminar will feature informational displays, networking opportunities with industry companies and area organizations, and ample time for one-on-one discussions with the day’s presenters. 

Complete program, registration information, and seminar brochure are posted on the Equine Science Center website at  For more information, contact Laura Gladney at, or Dr. Carey Williams at

About Rutgers Equine Science Center

The Equine Science Center is a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Its mission is Better Horse Care through Research and Education in order to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry. Its vision is to be recognized throughout New Jersey as well as nationally and internationally for its achievements in identifying issues in the horse industry, finding solutions through science-based inquiry, providing answers to the horse industry and to horse owners, and influencing public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry.

For more information about the Equine Science Center, call 848-932-9419 or visit


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