A new Web site, www.EquineResearch.net, details current equine research funded by four major organizations. It is a cooperative effort involving the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the American Quarter Horse Association Foundation, the Morris Animal Foundation, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners
Seventy-six projects are listed and described in layman's language at the Web site. Each organization will update its section from time to time.
"This joint effort grew out of our four organizations having annual meetings together," said Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. "We came to the realization that we could serve both the horse owner and the scientist by creating a quick, convenient way of letting them know what we all are doing in horse related research. We will continue to house our archival database of some 1,500 past projects on our individual Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation web site, but for current matters we will use EquineResearch.net."
Information about the projects on EquineResearch.net includes their anticipated completion dates. Among the studies' topics are laminitis, colic, infectious diseases, athletic soundness, and reproductive problems.
Web users can easily access projects via searches utilizing key words, specific universities, specific funding organizations, or individuals heading research teams.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation funds research throughout North America devoted solely to furthering the health, safety and soundness of horses. The Foundation this year will fund 22 projects for a total of nearly $800,000 and in the last two decades has provided more than two dozen universities with nearly $9 million to underwrite 179 specific projects. The Foundation is funded by private contributions and membership fees, and membership is open to any interested party.