Investigation Poor Performance

Developments in Quantitative Gait Analysis

Muscle Disorders of the Athletic Horse

Forage can be magic

Recognising lameness

Limb Injury Prevention Program update

Use of technological innovations in broadening the application of equine exercise physiology

Thermoregulation / Heat Stress

Dr. Sue Stover (USA)

Susan Marie Stover is a professor of veterinary anatomy at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory. One of the focuses of her wide-ranging research is musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses, particularly catastrophic breakdowns. Her identification of risk factors has resulted in improved early detection and changes to horse training and surgical repair methods.

In 2016, Stover received the Lifetime Excellence in Research Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association and was selected for induction into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame.

Dr. René van Weeren (The Netherlands)

René graduated in 1983 from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His PhD-thesis was on skin displacement in equine kinematic gait analysis. He is qualified as a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994 and became an associate professor in 1996 and full professor in Equine Musculoskeletal Biology in 2007.

Main areas of interest are gait analysis and regenerative medicine of articular cartilage and tendons. He is the author or co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications or book chapters and co-editor of the 2nd edition of “Joint Disease in the Horse”. He heads the Utrecht Department of Equine Sciences.

Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck (Belgium)

Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck graduated in 1996 in France. She worked as a clinician in sports medicine and obtained her PhD on respiratory function testing at the University of Liège. Emmanuelle specializes in the investigation of performance and poor performance in equine athletes of all disciplines.

She has been appointed team veterinarian by the Royal Belgian Federation for Equestrian Sports and follows horses competing at international level. Emmanuelle is a diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) and an expert with the FEI.

Dr. Ken McKeever  (USA)

Dr. McKeever received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cal Poly Pomona and Fresno State University and his Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from the University of Arizona.  After that, he served as an NAS-NRC Resident Research Associate in the Cardiovascular Laboratory at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. From 1987-1994 McKeever developed and coordinated the Ohio State University Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory.

In 1995 he built the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory at Rutgers University where he is currently a Full Professor and Associate Director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center.

His research is focused on the integration of the cardiovascular, renal, and endocrine systems in the control of blood pressure, blood volume and fluid and electrolyte balance.

Dr. Erica McKenzie (Oregon State University, USA)

Dr. McKenzie is a graduate of Murdoch University, Western Australia. She completed a medicine residency and PhD at the University of Minnesota in 2003, where she was involved in developing nutritional and pharmacologic methods of controlling exercise associated muscle disease in Thoroughbred horses. She is a professor and medicine specialist at Oregon State University.

Dr. McKenzie is a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Special interests include characterization and prevention of myopathies in horses, the factors relevant to successful athletic performance, and nutrition and disease in long distance exercise in horses, dogs and humans.

Dr. Jonathan Foreman  (USA)

Dr. Jonathan Foreman has served as the President of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine and as the Chair of the Sports Medicine Committee of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He graduated from the College of William and Mary (BS, Biology, 1978), the University of Georgia (DVM, 1981), and Washington State University (MS, Exercise Physiology, 1984). He is board-certified by the American College of Internal Medicine in 1986. His current position is Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Foreman served as an official veterinarian at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games and the 2010 World Equestrian Games. His research on thermoregulation was instrumental in modifying the 1996 Olympic Three-Day Events in Atlanta to make them safer for horses competing in inhospitable southeastern summer heat conditions.

Dr. Anna Jansson (Sweden)

Anna (MSc, PhD, Docent) graduated from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in 1994 and completed her PhD on sodium and potassium regulation in athletic horses at the same university in 1999. Since then, her research has been focused on training, nutrition, management and health of sport horses.

In 2012, Anna was recruited as Professor in Equine Science at Hólar University College on Iceland and promoted to Professor in Equine Nutrition and Management at SLU. In 2015, she was appointed as Professor in Domestic Animal Physiology at SLU. Her main research focus during the past 10 years has been on feeding of forage-only diets to horses in heavy training.

Professor  Chris Whitton
Since 2004 Chris has run a clinical service in Equine Surgery and lameness investigation and management, and developed a multidisciplinary research programme into the understanding and prevention of limb injuries in racehorses. He has published 42 peer reviewed papers during his career. His current research interests are in biomechanics, subchondral bone and the epidemiology of equine limb injuries.