USEA Groom of the Year Kendyl Tracy is saying goodbye to the grooms life after six years with Lynn Symansky, and saying hello to starting her own training and sales business. Kendyl has groomed at the top level ever since I’ve known her, and is impeccable in her dedication to the sport, but is also a very talented rider and trainer herself, and I know I’m not alone in wishing her the best with her new ventures!
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The dressage world was rocked yesterday as Olympic veteran Michael Barisone was charged with attempted murder after shooting client Lauren Kanarek twice in the chest at his barn in New Jersey. Newest reports say that Lauren has emerged from emergency surgery but still remains in critical condition. Michael represented the US in the 2008 Olympics and helped coach riders to achieve the bronze medal in 2016 in Rio. [Michael Barisone Charged with Attempted Murder]
More interesting research emerges on the use of stem cells in healing tendon injuries in horses. Canadian researchers are about to begin clinical trials using allogeneic umbilical cord blood stem cells to treat superficial digital flexor tendonitis or bowed tendons in horses. The goal of the team from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is to develop a readily available treatment to prevent the formation of scar tissue and create good quality tendon tissue to replace the damaged tissues, which are less prone to re-injury. [Tendon Injuries and Stem Cell Treatment]
If you’re in Florida this month, go be a volunteer in Ocala! Volunteers are needed for our Ocala Summer Horse Trials II, August 17-18th. Dressage and Show Jumping will be running Saturday, and Cross Country will run exclusively on Sunday. Signing up is easy with Eventing Volunteers online, just a few easy steps and you’re on your way. [Volunteer for Ocala Horse Trials]
What happens when you cross one Olympic gold medallist with the full sibling of the winningest dressage horse in history? You get U-Genius, the son of Carl Hester’s Olympic mount Uthiopia out of Valegro’s full sister, Weidyfleur II. Is he this best bred horse in the world? Quite possibly. [Dressage Superstar in the Making]