Vetmeduni Vienna examines the riding arena surface’s condition at the Single Driving Championships

Johannes Schramel examining a riding arena surface - inter alia with the modified bowling ball “The Ball”. (Foto: © Michael Zink/Vetmeduni Vienna)

Johannes Schramel examining a riding arena surface - inter alia with the modified bowling ball “The Ball”. (Foto: © Michael Zink/Vetmeduni Vienna)  1

The condition of the riding arena surface is the basis for good performance in horse show competitions and also important for the health and security of horses and riders. Therefore, an examination of the local soil characteristics according to objective criteria is essential, in particular at international competitions.

Christian Peham and Johannes Schramel from the Equine University Clinic at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna developed portable devices to analyse riding surfaces. The experts use the modified bowling ball “The Ball” and the provision “The Grip” to examine the elasticity and the slip resistance of a surface.

These soil examinations are applied for the first time at all venues of the Single Driving Championships from August 3–7, 2016, in Piber, which are hosted by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale). The experts from the Vetmeduni Vienna are going to register the soil characteristics and recommend improvements if necessary. This is an important step in terms of quality assurance in equestrian sports events and promotes the welfare of sport horses.

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