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Karen Briggs

November 17, 2014

Philippaerts Puts It Together For Royal Winter Fair Finale

Toronto, Ontario—Nov. 15  

On the final day and evening of the International Jumper division at Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the old guard made way for some fresh faces. Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Springsteen, showing at the Royal for the second time, picked up first place in the always-amusing $15,000 Canine/Equine Challenge on the afternoon card, while the night—and the lion’s share of $75,000—belonged to 21-year-old Nicola Philippaerts, aboard Challenge Vd Begijnakker. 

November 20, 2012

A Candid Conversation With Clayton Fredericks, The New Canadian Eventing Coach

The Australian eventer is steering his star-studded career in a new direction by taking on the technical advisor role for the Canadian eventing team, which was recently vacated by David O’Connor. While attending Toronto’s Royal Winter Fair in early November, Clayton Fredericks sat down for a chat. 

May 1, 2011

Insidious Lyme Disease Has Many Disguises

The little town of Lyme, Conn., has a storied history, dating back to the 1640s. But since 1975, its rather dubious claim to fame has been a nasty tick-borne disease first noted in the area.

November 18, 2010

New Hope For Moon Blindness

A mare comes in from the field one afternoon with an eye that is red, irritated and tearing. Her owners chalk it up to flies and buy a fly mask. While the mask helps keep insects away from her eyes, the mare continues to suffer with painfully puffy, weepy eyes. By the end of the week, they notice that the eye looks cloudy and the mare is reluctant to come out of her stall into the sunlight. Alarmed, they call the veterinarian who concludes the examination with a worrisome diagnosis: uveitis, which is more formally known as periodic ophthalmia, or ERU, for equine recurrent uveitis.

November 11, 2010

Sarcoid Solutions

These benign but bothersome tumors are as individual as the array of potential treatments

They’re the most common type of skin tumor in horses, and they’re usually not all that alarming—but although they’re categorized as benign, sarcoids have plenty of troublesome potential.

The thing about sarcoids is, they’re devilishly difficult to defeat. Although they seem to have a common cause—a virus called bovine papilloma, which causes warts in cows—they are masters of disguise, taking any number of different forms and casually defying any kind of easy cure. 

December 12, 2008

Pop Art Puts On A Show At The Royal Winter Fair

Two Canadian Olympians were among the five finalists who performed their dressage freestyles for an appreciative crowd at the FEI World Cup qualifier at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on Nov. 13 in Toronto, Ont.

Despite an uncharacteristically explosive Grand Prix test the day before, there was little doubt that Ashley Holzer and Pop Art were going to capture the top honors in the freestyle.

December 12, 2008

Lamaze Comes Home To Win At Royal Winter Fair

It was good to be Canadian at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, in Toronto, Ont., on Nov. 7-16.

October 17, 2008

Ashton Wins A Wet Wits End CIC***-W

She scores in an early World Cup qualifier for 2009.

Corinne Ashton captured the CIC***-W at Wits End, in Mansfield, Ont., Sept. 25-28, with her long-time partner, Dobbin, a 14-year-old, unraced, chestnut Thoroughbred.

Second to Buck Davidson and My Boy Bobby after the dressage, with a score of 50.9 penalty points to Davidson’s 41.1, Ashton and Dobbin had a flawless cross-country go under rain-soaked skies.

July 18, 2008

The Caudal Heel Conundrum

Horses with heel pain benefit from new treatment approaches and specialized shoeing.

For as far back as anyone can recall, a diagnosis of navicular syndrome has been career-ending news for almost any horse.

Chronic, frustrating, and discouraging in the extreme, navicular is—or was—considered an incurable, degenerative condition, brought on by deterioration of the tiny navicular bone, which is tucked up behind the coffin bone in the middle of the foot.

June 15, 2007

Cushing's Crisis Crusade Sparks Regulatory Victory

A grassroots petition to make pergolide mesylate available for the treatment of horses with Cushing’s disease proves the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

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