United States Equestrian Federation’s Equine Health Research Fund

One of the steadfast goals of USA Equestrian Trust is to foster a better future for equestrian sport, and nowhere is that more evident than the organization’s strong commitment to scientific research.

 
The Trust is the primary funding source of the United States Equestrian Federation’s Equine Health Research Fund, which considers a variety of proposals annually from the top equine scientists in the nation. The Equine Health Research Fund’s leaders pick the most promising proposals that the Trust then supports as its limited funding allows. The scientific research that has been funded touches on all aspects of equestrian sport, from searching for cures to crippling diseases like laminitis to finding ways to enhance the safety of riders.

 
Below is a list of projects from past years that the Trust has proudly funded at some of the top universities in the United States and Canada. Published reports are included for all research that has been completed.

 
2014: $74,706

  • Auburn University: Pharmacokinetics of Altrenogest (Regu-Mate®) in Lactating Mares and Suckling Foals: Potential Impacts on Foal Performance and Fertility — $24,706
  • The Ohio State University: The Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics (Cardiovascular, Urinary, Electrolyte, Endocrine, and Behavioral) of Intravenous Magnesium Sulfate in Horses — $25,000
  • University of California: Effect of Arena Surface on Kinematics of the Fore and Hind Limbs of Jumping Horses — $25,000

 

2013: $46,173

  • University of California, Davis: Identification of Novel Drug Therapies for the Treatment of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalopathy (EPM) Using High-Throughput Compound Screening — $25,000
  • University of Minnesota: Finding a Genetic Basis for Shivers Using Next-Generation Whole Genome Sequencing — $21,173

 

2012: $46,190

  • Purdue University: Comparison of Inhaled Levalbuterol and Racemic Albuterol in Horses Affected with Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) — $21,218
  • University of Minnesota: Investigation of Genetic Risk Factors for Osteochondrosis in the Horse — $24,972

 

2011: $91,122

  • Colorado State University: Validation of a Hoof-based Sensor System for Detection of Subtle Lameness in the Horse — $24,988 — Read the research report
  • Purdue University: Immunoproteomic Analysis of Stable Dust in Horses with Chronic Airway Inflammation — $17,008 — Read the research report
  • University of Minnesota: Investigating the Epidemiology and Pathology of ‘Shivers’ — $24,126 — Read the research report
  • Washington University in St. Louis: Design and Optimization of Collapsible Obstacles for Use in the Cross Country Phase of Equestrian Three-Day Eventing — $25,000

 

2010: $95,407

  • Michigan State University: Does Lidocaine Improve Recovery of the Equine Large Colon After Ischemic Injury? — $24,971 — Read the research report
  • Michigan State University: Differences in Tissue Perfusion of the Equine Foot on Different Ground Surfaces During Stance Using Doppler Ultrasound — $20,436 — Read the research report
  • The Ohio State University: Investigation of Glucose Transport Pathways in Horses with Insulin Resistance — $25,000 — Read the research report
  • University of Pennsylvania: In Vivo Gene Therapy for Treatment of Laminitis — $25,000 — Read the research report

 

2009: $48,847

  • Auburn University: Effectiveness of a Human Contraceptive Subdermal Implant (Implanon©) on Estrus Suppression in Mares — $24,200 — Read the research report
  • The Ohio State University: JAK-STAT Signaling in the Pathogenesis of Laminitis — $24,647 — Read the research report

 

2008: $50,000

  • University of Florida: Ethyl Pyruvate in Lactated Ringer’s Solution: An Inexpensive and Effective Treatment Solution for Endotoxemia in Horses — $25,000 — Read the research report
  • University of Minnesota: ELA Class I Association with Recurrent Uveitis (ERU) — $25,000 — Read the research report

 

2007: $117,615

  • Colorado State University: Efficacy of Medroxyprogesterone in Suppression of Estrus in Mares — $24,501 — Read the research report
  • Cornell University: Defining the Relationship of the Mucosa-Associated Microflora to Gastric Ulceration in Horses — $24,950 — Read the research report
  • North Carolina State University: Use of Ultrasound to Evaluate Survival Following Colic Surgery for Equine Large Colon Volvulus — $23,733 — Read the research report
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Does Physical Conditioning Mitigate Insulin Resistance and Inflammation in Obese Horses — $24,811 — Read the research report
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Adult Stem Cells May Promote Tendon Regeneration Via Mechanisms Other Than Cell Differentiation — $19,620 — Read the research report

 

2006: $74,533

  • Colorado State University: Validation of a Rapid Diagnostic Test for Strangles — $24,533 — Read the research report
  • University of Georgia: Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis in Horses — $25,000 — Read the research report
  • University of Guelph: Acetate as a Nutritional Strategy for Improving Skeletal Muscle Glycogen Resynthesis after Fatiguing Exercise — $25,000 — Read the research report