Great day at Jersey Fresh! I was fortunate enough to spend the day with my favorite Bajan (Barbados) mare Cami and Monique as they continue their qualifications for the Pan American Games in Lima Peru this summer. I was able to sneak away today from the practice in support of Barbados Eventing (actually it is my job as her veterinarian to preserve soundness, identify potential risks and early lamenesses, and address issues proactively before they become problems).
Monique and Cami are doing very well at the 3* level. The acceptance Jog and dressage are behind them, and the stadium jumping and cross-country are this coming Saturday. (Saddened that I cannot stay through Saturday as our daughter has her first official archery tournament in Richmond).
I know many of the extended Total Equine family watched last summer as the Barbados Eventing Team (and me as team veterinarian) took Bronze in the Caribbean and Central American Games in Bogota. These qualifiers are natural progression for qualification to the Pan Americans. So all of the new Barbados equestrian fans in Virginia can continue to watch this tiny island's big journey.
I will update this post Saturday afternoon when we get the full results of the competition.
- Dr Jay Joyce
And PS, BEST WISHES to Dr. Elizabeth Coppelman for completing her first year with Total Equine Veterinary Associates. Her experience as a surgeon, lameness guru, needle-sticking acupuncturist, horseman, and really great person has been a blessing and we are super happy that she has made Total Equine her home.