The prestigious Red Hills International Horse Trials is scheduled for March 6-8, 2015 at Elinor Knapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. The event which combines three equestrian disciplines, dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping will feature competitors from across the United States and several foreign countries. Last year was the unveiling of the brand new course for the cross-country segment of the Trial. For 2015 the new course will be tweaked to challenge the riders even more and provide the 20,000+ spectators with unique vantage points to view the competition.
My involvement with the Red Hills Horse Trial is as the Veterinary Coordinator. My main priority in this capacity is to recruit veterinarians who are proficient in equine sports medicine to provide care to any horses that become ill or injured during the event. Some of my other duties as Veterinary Coordinator include providing personnel to assist the FEI Veterinarians in examining all the horses prior to the event to assure their soundness to compete. I am also responsible for organizing a crew of volunteers to work at the cross-country finish. When a rider completes the course, the team immediately descends on the horse taking its pulse, respiratory rate, and temperature while at the same time; the grooms are frantically removing the tack and icing the horse down. It is organized chaos and my gang does an awesome job. I perform many other tasks as Veterinary Coordinator that I really couldn’t list if I had to but I know they make for a crazy but fun time every March. For more information on the Red Hills Horse Trials or to volunteer to help check out the website at www.rhht.org and make plans to come out to the grounds on March 6-8 and see what all the excitement is about. But keep an eye out for me so that I don’t run you over when I whiz by on some errand in my turbo charged 4 wheeler.