The first Rossdales Pregnant Mare and Stallion Course was held at the British Racing School in January, kindly sponsored by Eclipse Veterinary Software. 68 delegates and 14 speakers from 11 countries attended together with 12 commercial companies. Delegates were updated with the latest progress in both of these important areas of equine reproduction.
On the first day, 13 presentations relating to the stallion and associated problems were given by international experts Dickson Varner (Texas A&M University, USA), Tom Stout (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands), Harald Sieme (University of Hannover, Germany) and Sandra Wilsher (Sharjah Equine Hospital, UAE) together with two UK speakers: Tullis Matson (Stallions AI) and Nick Wingfield Digby (Rossdales).
The morning of the second day discussed early pregnancy and associated problems, with 8 presentations by Sandra, Tom and Mandi de Mestre (Royal Veterinary College). In the afternoon the group was divided into 3 for rotating interactive case discussions on the stallion, early pregnancy and late pregnancy.
10 presentations on early and late pregnancy and associated problems were given on the last day. Karen Wolfsdorf (Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Kentucky, USA) was joined by Rossdales clinicians Ollie Pynn, Andrew McGladdery, Ian Cameron, pathologist Alastair Foote and researcher Jenny Ousey. Richard Newton (Animal Health Trust, Newmarket). Presented the penultimate lecture on EHV-1.
The British Racing School provided excellent hospitality during the course and evening visits were arranged to the recently opened Palace House (National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art) followed by supper in The Tack Room and the following evening the course dinner was in the magnificent 15th Century Old Hall at Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Excellent feedback was received, including: “Thank you for a wonderful few days, challenging, stimulating and fun. The standard of work being done is humbling but it is great to hear of it. The few days were full, and so were we - serious dieting required after the cakes, cookies, lunches and not to mention the evening meals”.
Andrew McGladdery, Rossdales Senior Partner, organised the scientific programme and edited the 179-page spiral-bound book of lecture notes (copies available from www.whorlpublishing.co.uk). Jenny Ricketts (Whorl Publishing Limited) administered the course.
Main image: Sidney Ricketts, Dickson Varner, Andrew McGladdery, Tom Stout, Harald Sieme, Karen Wolfsdorf, Nick Wingfield Digby, Sandra Wilsher and Tullis Matson.
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