My talk was on Joint Disease in Horses and I discussed the causes and management of joint disease and the use of various products to treat cases. Stuart Tinney spoke about his experience at the recent Rio Olympics and discussed how he has kept his horses sound over many years of competing.
Stuart has been a sponsored rider of Nature Vet/Ceva since the Sydney 2000 Olympics and is a big fan of Ceva products. Stuart competed on Jeepster at Sydney 2000 and again at Athens in 2004 when Jeepster was 13 and 17 years old respectfully., this horse was 19 years old and Stuart’s his ride at Rio, Pluto Mio is 18 years old. It is a testament to Stuart’s horse management including the use of a number of Ceva products, that these horses have remained sound for so many years. Stuart’s sport of eventing is very tough on horses as it involves dressage, cross country and show jumping. The cross country phase which involves galloping cross country over solid fences is particularly hard on horses and very few eventing horses remain sound and competitive at ages 18 and 19 years old.
Stuart brought along his gold medal from Sydney 2000 and his bronze from Rio 2016 and was available after the talks for photos. Many of the attendees were photographed with Stuart and his medals which was a great memento of the evening. My daughter Tash was very happy to wear a couple of Olympic medals!
Ceva staff (Melissa, Alison, Liz and Virginia) all attended the talk and gave out AMMO hay bags which were very well received. Melissa also got pics with Stuart and all said they found my talk very useful and easy to understand and enjoyed the evening. We were all impressed with how friendly Stuart was and he seemed happy to give up his time and was really positive about Ceva and our products.
Here is a fan (Tash) with Stuart and his medals…Finola giving her talk on Joint Disease