While at the Olympic Games, five of the Best Groom Award winners gathered together and had a little photo shoot at the five rings with the FEI President Ingmar De Vos. Pictured above is Madeleine Broek (NED) who won in 2019, Lee McKeever (USA) who won in 2018, Alan Davies (GBR) who won in 2017, FEI President Ingmar De Vos, Jackie Potts (GBR) who won in 2014, and Jose Eduardo Garcia Luna (USA) who won in 2015. What a power group! Recognition of grooms at the Olympic Games is a big step in the right direction of showing just how important that role is to the success of equestrians worldwide.
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Dr. Steve Berkowitz, DVM, has lived with his wife Sue Berkowitz and a couple of dogs in Pennsylvania, in the midst of Amish country, for the past 20 years. He has worked with Unionville Equine Associates since 1985, when the practice was just him and two other veterinarians. As the horse industry has grown, so has the practice, which is now up to about 10 veterinarians. Steve, 65, plans to retire after this year. Something of a Renaissance man, he’s known locally for his baking and photography skills, both of which grew out of being the vet at area horse shows. [A Day In The Life: Steve Berkowitz]
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Most horses are considered beloved partners by their owners. So, why do so many scientific studies point to a high prevalence of welfare problems? They set out in their paper to disentangle the possible factors explaining such a paradox, exploring the impact of anthropomorphic and cultural biases and popular beliefs. As horses are non-verbal, current management practices rely upon what people think is good for them. This opens the way to subjective interpretations and projections, based perhaps on experience but probably more on cultural/social norms and influences, traditions and beliefs. “There are many reasons why people may not actively promote their own horse’s welfare through appropriate management: They may not perceive that there is a problem; they may misinterpret signals; they may follow erroneous advice; and/or they may be influenced by culture, social networks and media.” [Horse Welfare Paradox]
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