White Paper #1 for Track Surface Education (version 01/23/12)
Racetrack Surfaces Consistency
Michael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D., Lars Roepstorff, DVM, Ph.D., Jeffrey J. Thomason, Ph.D., Christie A. Mahaffey, M.Phil., C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, Ph.D.
This document is a condensed version of "Racing Surfaces: Challenges and Approaches in Optimizing Track Surfaces to Reduce Horse Injuries," a white paper drafted as a collection of published scientific papers and data.
Equine Surfaces White Paper published by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)
Equine Surfaces White Paper
Sarah Jane Hobbs, Ph.D., Alison J. Northrop, M.Sc., Christie Mahaffey, Ph.D., Jaime H. Martin, Ph.D., Hilary M . Clayton, BVMS, Ph.D., MRCVS, Rachel Murray, MA VetMB MS Ph.D., MRCVS, Lars Roepstorff, DVM, Ph.D., Michael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D.,
The result of a four-year collaboration between eight equine experts from six universities, three equine and racing-specific research and testing centres and two horse charities in Sweden, the UK and United States. The white paper brings together the latest data and published scientific papers on arena and turf surfaces, and the effects these have on horses in training and in competition.
Track Surface Education
Technical Bulletin #1 for Track Surface Education
The Role of Clay in Racing Surfaces
Christie A. Mahaffey, M.Phil. and Michael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D.
The amount of clay in a dirt racing surface is perhaps the most important composition issue and impacts performance of horse and rider.
Technical Bulletin #2 for Track Surface Education
Synthetic Racetrack Surfaces Temperature Changes
John Bridge, Ph.D. and Michael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D.
Changing temperatures of synthetic racetracks have been shown to have a marked effect on horse racing performance.
Technical Bulletin #3 for Track Surface Education
Loading of the Hind Hoof Track Loading
Lars Roepstorff BVM, Ph.D. and Michael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D.
The 2000 pounds of force transferred from the front leg of the horse onto the track is often cited as the most extreme case for the loading of the track surface.
Technical Bulletin #4 for Track Surface Education
Predicting Horse Performance on Turf Using Three Commercially Available Monitoring Tools
Tamara Thomson. and Christie Mahaffey, Ph.D.
In order to assess the usability of different turf rating methods, this report considers the influence of track conditions measured with three turf evaluation devices on race performance.
Technical Bulletin #5
The Durability of Sand Constituents in Dirt Racetrack Surface Materials
Julia Bradson, Eliza M. Cronkite, M.S., Christie A. Mahaffey, Ph.D.
Having improved data regarding the constituents of the surface material can help track superintendents better justify materials needed for track maintenance.
Arena Surface Education
Technical Bulletin #1 for Arena Surface Education
Equestrian Surfaces Part I - Sand Specifications
Maren Stavermann, Ph.D and Elin Hernlund, D.V.M.
Fundamental knowledge of sand specifications is essential for a deeper understanding of the mechanical properties of equestrian surfaces.