The tentative schedule for speakers at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, for the February 24-25 AERC Convention is as follows:
Friday February 24
Meet the author of “Race Against Time,” the story of junior rider Kyla Law and her pony Flash and Kyla’s mom Natalie at the Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup). Kyla and Natalie will also be there to share their stories.
Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM, AAT
Dr. Marcella will expand on his excellent December Endurance News article on post-exercise leg care in endurance horses. Information from this seminar will be put to use every time you enter an AERC ride.
Rachel Mottet, MS, PhD
Body condition scores will be the focus of this talk by equine nutritionist Dr. Mottet of Legacy Equine Nutrition. You’ll learn why endurance horses should be at a BCS of 4-6 versus being too skinny with no reserve in a tank, or too obese and risk musculoskeletal issues.
Melissa Ribley, DVM
Hall of Fame member, equine veterinarian and high-mileage rider Melissa Ribley will be presenting two seminars at the convention. This one will be focused on safe transport of your equine — learn all you can to help keep your equine safe and healthy whether your haul is a couple hours or several days
Saturday February 25
Jeanette (Jay) Mero, DVM
The chair of AERC’s Veterinary Committee will have a veterinary-focused seminar sure to enlighten you on a current topic of concern to endurance riders across the country. Dr. Mero is a frequent convention speaker who keeps abreast of all topics that are currently in the forefront of the sport.
Meg Sleeper, VMD, DACVIM
Clinical Professor and Cardiology Service Chief at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sleeper knows equine hearts. She’ll be sharing the latest information that you can use to help your horse achieve at the highest level possible, whether that’s completing a 50 or riding to top ten.
Melissa Ribley, DVM
Dr. Ribley’s Saturday seminar will cover moving up to 100s. No need to be wary — with a solid training plan, there may very well be a 100 in your future. (Hard no? You’ll still learn plenty if you’re making the leap from 25s to 50s, or 50s to 75s.)
Susan Garlinghouse, DVM
Always a convention favorite, Dr. Garlinghouse’s seminar topic is TBA, but sure to be shared with plenty of research to back up her information shared with a mix of no-nonsense lecture and good humor.
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