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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Conference Announcement and Call for Abstracts: CESMAS 2008 Will Focus on Poor Performance in Sport Horses

This just in from our enthusiastic friend in Europe; CESMAS is a fantastic meeting and, as usually, will have a unique flair. I highly recommend these meetings (and their proceedings books; each conference has a theme and the book is a treasure). Directors for the course include Hoofcare and Lameness consulting editors Hilary Clayton, Jean-Marie Denoix, and Sue Dyson.

Exclamation points in the conference announcement provided by the ever-enthusiastic Arno:

Dear friends, dear colleagues!

Besides writing hello this message suits the purpose of drawing your attention to the next CESMAS – Conference on Equine Sports Medicine and Science – that will take place on July 10 - 12, 2008 with seminars on July 9 and practical courses on July 13 in Utrecht, Netherlands! This time we will visit the home of Marianne Sloet Baroness van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan!

The focus of the keynote lectures is the poorly performing sport horse, and even more focused: “Diagnosis and treatment of the poorly performing sport horse – within 14 days of an important competition”.

We have rented a theatre in downtown Utrecht for your comfort and enjoyment. Most keynote lectures will be presented by two speakers called “actors” in a straight forward manner aiming at involving you as much as possible.

Keynote lectures already scheduled are:
• What do we know on Poor Performance of Sport Horses? Tatiana Art,
• Could it have a cardiovascular cause? If yes: What can be done?
Gunther van Loon and Lesley Young, Belgium and UK
• Could it have a digestive cause? If yes: What can be done? Andy
Durham and Nathaniel White, UK and USA
• What to look at in the metabolism? Erik Birks, USA
• Could it have a respiratory cause? If yes: What can be done? Geoff
Lane and Marianne Sloet, UK and Netherlands
• Could it have a neurological cause? If yes: What can be done? Lutz
Goering and Barrie Grant, both USA
• Monitoring orthopaedic health in competition horses. Philippe Benoit
and Sue Dyson, France and UK
• Could it be the hoof? If yes: What can be done? Tracy Turner and a
partner not committed yet, USA
• Could it be the muscle? If yes: What can be done? José Luis López
Rivero and a partner not committed yet.

And more to come!! Thus you see, the instructors are very good and will have enough time to show all their expertise in sort of theatre plays!!

The final programme will be announced in March 2008 and mailed late March to early April 2008 to you! Please check to keep updated! And please pass on the information to others that may be interested too!

Information on Utrecht can be found under:,,,

The nearest airport is Schiphol, Amsterdam: (30 to 45 minutes to Utrecht depending on the train schedule).

Those of you that may be interested in discussing your work at the meeting can submit all work on subjects related to the athletic horse until January 15, 2008 (announcement of rejection and acceptance by February 15, 2008) complying with these guidelines:
• Acceptance is based on the completeness and practical relevance of the work.
• Accepted work may be published in the book “Diagnosis and treatment of the poorly performing sport horse – CESMAS 2008” (available during the conference).
• Each abstract will be reviewed by several independent referees. Prior to review, the names of authors and affiliations are removed to ensure unbiased review.
• Work will be accepted based on abstract score and availability of time slots in the programme.
• Abstract format: Up to 1,500 words. Font Times, 12 point, 1.5 line spacing should be used throughout.The first line should list the authors; the second line their
affiliations. In the third line it should state whether the work is intended for poster or oral presentation. In the fourth line it should state whether the work may be published in the proceedings book of the conference.An abstract should have the following sections: Take home message (what is the essence of the work described), Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Conclusions. Send by e-mail to:

We look forward to receive your work!

Wish you health and fun!


Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, D-52428 Jülich, Germany; Fon: 0049 2461 340 430 ; Fax 0049 2461 340 484 ; e-mail:; Website:

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