Dr. Larry Bramlage will be on the expert veterinary panel.

Dr. Larry Bramlage will be on the expert veterinary panel.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Rood & Riddle Vets to Discuss Sale Issues

Educational forum will be held July 18 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, which is based in Lexington, will conduct an educational forum on veterinary issues in sale yearlings July 18 at Fasig-Tipton’s Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

An expert veterinary panel will present radiographic images of joints and endoscopic videos of throats observed in sales. The panel, moderated by Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, will discuss different types of radiographic and throat abnormalities and their impact on sale and racing with and without surgery. The panel will also review the recent changes in the conditions of sale regarding veterinary radiographic reports at public auction and answer questions from the audience.

The panel of experts will be Dr. Larry Bramlage, Dr. Scott Pierce, and Dr. Debbie Spike-Pierce. Bramlage is an orthopedic surgeon at Rood & Riddle. Bramlage is a member of The Jockey Club and has served as an American Association of Equine Practitioners’ media spokesperson for the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup broadcasts for 19 years. Pierce and Spike-Pierce, who also are based at Rood & Riddle, attend major Thoroughbred auctions throughout the year providing veterinary services for consignors and buyers.

"With the new changes to the conditions of sale guaranteeing accuracy of veterinary repository reports, this is the perfect time to familiarize breeders, consignors, and buyers with real examples of X-ray lesions and scope findings and share with them our thoughts on their significance,” said Ahlschwede, a New York-based Rood & Riddle equine practitioner.

The event is sponsored by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association, New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, and Rood & Riddle. A welcome reception with light hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m. (EDT) for early arrivals with the panel discussion scheduled for 7-8:30.

Rood & Riddle is asking that horsemen who plan to attend to reply by July 13 to rreh@roodandriddle.com or by phone to (859) 233-0371.