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FEBRUARY 2021 THE RIDER /43


Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Wellington Returns As a Sponsor of 2021 Turf Tour’


Wellington, FL – January 29, 2021 – Rood & Rid- dle in Wellington is proud to return as a sponsor of the Turf Tour. The 2021 Turf Tour is a 13-week se- ries of hunter-jumper horse shows held at four pre- mier equestrian venues in Wellington, FL during the winter horse show circuit. Rood & Riddle prides itself on being a world-


wide leader in equine healthcare with some of the most innovative techniques on the market. The Rood & Riddle name is known and respected in- ternationally for its treatment services including specialized surgical and medical care. “Rood & Riddle in Wellington is delighted to


continue our partnership with the Turf Tour and its highly respected series of shows,” said Dr. Tom Riddle, co-founder of Rood & Riddle Equine Hos- pital. “We are available for all horses in the Wellington area and we continue to follow the di- rection of the Board of Veterinary Examiners re- garding our hospital policies and procedures surrounding the COVID-19 situation. We are proud to play an integral role in keeping equine athletes healthy and happy and competing at their best.” The 2021 ‘Turf Tour’ series kicked off January


2-3 and continues through March 27. Rood & Rid- dle Wellington, located at 5320 South Shore Blvd., will have an informational booth at the three Series events being held at Black Watch Farm – on Janu- ary 20-22, February 17-19 and March 17-19. Black Watch Farm is located at 12095 Pierson Road in Wellington.


2021 ‘Turf Tour’ Show Series in Wellington


January 2-3: The Ridge January 6-8: The Ridge January 13-15: To-Kalon Farm January 20-22: Black Watch Farm January 27-29: Polo West January 30-31: The Ridge February 3-5: The Ridge


care of horses and in our relationships with clients and the community.


About Rood & Riddle - Wellington Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital expanded its


veterinary services in Wellington in 2017. Rood & Riddle purchased an equine hospital and adjacent property on South Shore Blvd. formerly used by Wellington Equine Associates. After acquisition, the facility was modernized and expanded by adding a state-of-the-art surgical facility housing a second surgery suite with climate-controlled stalls. To accommodate advanced reproduction proce- dures, the facility has been updated to handle stal- lions as well as advanced mare techniques. Rood & Riddle acquired an interest in Advanced Equine Imaging which is located on the property. AEI of- fers services in MRI and nuclear scintigraphy. Jose Bras, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, board cer-


February 6-7: The Ridge February 10-12: To-Kalon Farm February 26-28: Black Watch Farm February 17-19: Black Watch Farm February 24-26: Polo West March 3-7: The Ridge March 10-12: Polo West March 17-19: Black Watch Farm March 20-21: The Ridge March 24-27: Polo West


About Rood & Riddle Rood & Riddle began as an ambulatory prac-


tice in Lexington, Kentucky in 1982 and estab- lished a full-service equine hospital in 1986. Today the practice is known and respected throughout the world for innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses. Rood & Riddle continues their tradition of excellence into the twenty first century serving as a referral center for horses requiring specialized medical and surgical care and providing ambula- tory care for all breeds and disciplines. With the original hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and satel- lite hospitals in Saratoga Springs, New York and Wellington, Florida, Rood & Riddle maintains an unwavering commitment to quality, both in the


tified in surgery, leads the team of surgeons at the Wellington facility. Recently, Dr Karen Beste joined the Rood & Riddle Wellington team as a second surgeon. Together they offer soft tissue and orthopedic surgery as well as lameness diagnosis and imaging. Board certified surgeon, Jen Jordan DVM, Dipl. ACVS, along with Ashley Embly, DVM, provide ambulatory services to our clients in Wellington. Stephanie Walbornn, DVM, Dipl. ACT, a board certified theriogenologist, will be providing advanced reproduction techniques for stallions and mares. Dr. Walbornn is also available for consultations. Special podiatry services and shoeing are of-


fered on an appointment basis with one of our vet- erinary podiatrists. For more information on Rood & Riddle –


Wellington, please visit www.roodandrid- dlewellington.com. For more information about the ‘Turf Tour’ please visit www.ridgeshowjumping.com.


Horse Protection Groups Applaud Cohen, Titus, and Fitzpatrick for Reintroduction of Horse Transportation Safety Act


Measure cosponsored by more than 100 Members of the U.S. House


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Animal Wellness Action and the An- imal Wellness Foundation applauded U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen (D- TN), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Dina Titus (D-NV), and more than 100 Members of the U.S. House for their reintroduction of the Horse Transportation Safety Act that would ban the transportation of horses across state lines in ‘double-decker’ trucks or trailers containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another. The measure passed the U.S. House in July of 2020 but failed to be taken up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. “We applaud Reps. Cohen, Fitzpatrick, and Titus for their ded-


possible on our highways,” said U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). “Double-deck trailers do not provide adequate headroom for adult horses, and accidents involving double-deck trailers are an unnec- essary and gruesome reminder that the practice is also dangerous to all of the driving public.” “As a society, it is imperative that we protect the welfare of an- imals, both big and small,” said U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).


ication to protecting our iconic American horses and the reintroduc- tion of the Horse Transportation Safety Act,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action, and a past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association who was recently honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, II. “The horses that have transported millions of Americans for centuries, themselves deserve to be transported in a humane manner while they continue to bring joy, emotional support, and economic benefits to horsemen and women across the nation.” “Horses deserve to be transported in as humane a manner as


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“As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and an outspoken defender of animals, I continue to be com- mitted to ensuring that our government is doing its part in promoting animal welfare. I’m proud to stand with Representative Cohen to guarantee the safe and humane treatment of horses on highways and roads.”


ages horses to be transported in a harmful way,” said U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV). “I’m proud to co-sponsor this legislation to protect these beautiful animals.” Double-decker trucks and trailers present tremendous trans-


“It’s past time for Congress to close the loophole that encour-


portation risks to both the horses on board, and motorists sharing the state, federal, and local roadways with them. Numerous crashes that have occurred along interstate highways have resulted in not only the deaths of the horses, but innocent travelers as well. Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture has openly declared that these vehicles “do not provide adequate headroom for equines,” and that equines are far more likely to face injury in double-decker trailers than in one level trailers that can better transport them. The Horse Transportation Safety Act is backed by nearly every


major animal protection group in the country including Animal Well- ness Action, the Animal Wellness Foundation, Horses for Life Foun- dation, the American Horse Protection Society, and the Center for a Humane Economy. The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Ange-


regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and med- ical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cru- elty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.


501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promot- ing legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that al- leviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfight- ing and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies, and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good law- makers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.


Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based


les-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet,


Executive Director Animal Wellness Action 611 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E. #136 Washington, D.C. 20003• Direct: 202.821.5686


Marty Irby All the best,


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