Shop Talk: January/February 2019

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Farriers Sandy Johnson (left) of Wellington, Fla., and Robbie Shuler of Robbinsville, N.C., replace a lost shoe at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C.

World Equestrian Games Face Cloudy Future

The future of the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in its current form is in doubt after the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) Organizing Committee agreed to accept site bids for individual discipline championships.

FEI has hosted world championships for all disciplines at one location since its inaugural event in 1990. However, since two of eight WEGs — in 1998 and 2018 — required site changes due to funding and development problems, as well as no realistic bids for the 2022 games, FEI has changed its focus. Despite the willingness to accept individual bids, preference will be given to multi-discipline bids.

Industry News

  • The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) announced the addition of two new board members and officers for 2019 at its 64th annual convention in San Francisco, Calif. Jeffery Berk is the new AAEP president. Scott Hay of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is vice president. Lisa Metcalf of Sherwood, Ore., is treasurer. David Frisbie of Fort Collins, Colo., is president-elect. Margo Macpherson of Micanopy, Fla., is immediate past president. Luke Bass and Mitchell Rode have both joined the AAEP board of directors. They will each be serving a 3-year term.
  • With a donation from Suzanne and Glenn Youngkin, Virginia Tech’s Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center can now provide enhanced…
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