Hagyard Keeps Thoroughbred Makeover All in the Family

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    Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
    Allison Rogers (arogers@hagyard.com) (859) 255-8741, ext. 300

    Isabela de Sousa and Carajillo

    Photo courtesy of Nikki Leigh Photography

    Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Keeps

    Thoroughbred Makeover All in the Family


    April 7, 2016, Lexington, Ky.—Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will be the veterinary services sponsor for Thoroughbred Makeover contestant, Carajillo, who is being trained and ridden by Isabela de Sousa, daughter of Hagyard member Karen Wolfsdorf, DVM, DACT, and Sergio de Sousa, a partner at Hidden Brook Farm. In addition, Hagyard Pharmacy will be supplying Isabela and Carajillo (barn name: Chino) with products from its Resolvet line, specifically RelyneGI, RelyteHA electrolyte paste and Repair hoof oil.

    The Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover will be held October 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park to demonstrate the Thoroughbred’s versatility in horse sports. Horses compete in one or more of 10 disciplines, including English and Western sports as well as foxhunting, polo and “other”. On the final day, the winners of the 10 disciplines compete for the title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.

    Bred by Siena Farms, Chino is by Medaglia d'Oro and out of the Saint Ballado mare Prospective Saint. He was raced seven times before being retired last year. Isabela, who turns 15 in May, participated in the U.S. Pony Finals in 2011 and 2012, finishing in the top 30 both times; in 2013 at age 12, she competed in the Pessoa/U.S. Hunter Seat Medal finals. Isabela competed 2013 Kentucky Derby hopeful Dewey Square in the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover, winning the show jumping division and placing third in show hunters.

    “I’m excited about Hagyard providing veterinary care for Carajillo during his transition period from the racetrack to his new career!” Isabela said. “It’s a great comfort knowing that the best veterinarians will be looking after my horse.”

    Before Isabela put Chino into consistent training, Hagyard veterinarians Liz Barrett, DVM, DACVS, and Laura Werner, DVM, DACVS, performed a health and soundness exam on the bay gelding.

    “Chino is a well put together horse,” said Dr. Barrett. “He is fit and sound and flexed well. We look forward to watching him become a successful competitor in his new career.”

    Isabela and Chino have been invited by the Retired Racehorse Project to participate in demonstration rides during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, held at the Kentucky Horse Park April 28-May 1. The demos will be held in the Walnut Ring at 4 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

    You can follow Isabela and Chino’s progress on their Facebook page, Carajillo: 2016 RRP TB Makeover, and on the Hagyard Facebook page.

    The Paris branch of Southern States’ Lexington Cooperative is the exclusive feed provider for Chino. Southern States is one of the nation’s largest customer-owned cooperatives, offering only the finest in equine feeds, seed, fertilizer, animal care products and farm supplies. Southern States’ Winchester, Ky., feed mill manufactures three lines of high quality horse feed including Legends and Triple Crown.

    About Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

    With more than 50 veterinarians and 140 years behind it, the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is the oldest and one of the largest equine veterinary practices in the world. The institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, with 13 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care and Theriogenology. A Sport Horse team and facility offers performance horse owners the latest options for diagnostics, treatment and therapies and includes an area to jog, longe and ride horses as well as a treatment area, farrier bays and an onsite forge to allow veterinarians to work closely with farriers.


    About Hagyard Pharmacy

    Hagyard Pharmacy, the official pharmacy of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, is a full-service pharmacy available to all horse owners and caretakers. Recognized throughout the industry for our equine knowledge and expertise, Hagyard Pharmacy is your source for all your horses’ health-care needs. Medications purchased through hagyardpharmacy.com or at our location in Lexington, Ky., are backed by 140 years of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute’s veterinary expertise. Resolvet, the new and growing line of products available exclusively from Hagyard Pharmacy, was developed by the veterinarians at Hagyard. Headlined by the newest addition, RelyneGI for gastric support, the Resolvet line includes ReflexHA and Reflex200 for joint support, RelyteHA electrolyte paste, Repair hoof oil and Relieve antidiarrheal paste. 

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