It is with great pleasure that the NZ Equine Research Foundation announces the return of its Winter Lecture Series for 2017.
Alongside our new partner ‘Rodmor Charitable Trust’, we are excited to bring you presentations from Jock Paget and Alec Jorgensen regarding the Elite Equine Athlete.
These two highly qualified and well respected individuals will give presentations on the topic based upon what it takes to select, train and maintain horses for optimum performance at an elite level.
DATES & VENUES
Hamilton, Sunday 30th July @ Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
Palmerston North, Wednesday 2nd August @ Awapuni Racecourse
Christchurch, Sunday 6th August @ Addington Raceway
Few know what it takes to compete at the highest level of equine performance like well-known Equestrian eventer, Jock Paget.
Jock brings his vast experience as an international event rider to our lecture series. After significant success in New Zealand, including twice being named ‘Eventer of the Year’, Jock moved to the UK and over a number of years achieved remarkable success, predominantly riding the ‘Clifton’ horses.
He competed as an individual at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, and in 2012 was a member of the NZ Olympic Team in London, where the team won bronze, finishing the year fourth in the world FEI HSBC Rankings. In 2013, Jock won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on Clifton Promise – the first Badminton debutant to win since fellow kiwi Mark Todd in 1980.
In 2016 Jock was selected into the New Zealand Olympic Team and travelled to Rio as a strong contender, but a freak stable accident saw him having to withdraw.
Earlier this month Jock competed for the first time in the Oceania Championships where he won the individual CCI3 crown, and helped lead the New Zealand senior team to their first win in the event in a decade.
For Paget, the victory at the Saddleworld Melbourne International three Day Event was a very special one.
“It is special for lots of reasons,” said the London Olympian. “It was just great to ride with the other guys in the team and for me, a good way to come home.”
And he was chuffed with his lovable Angus Blue.
“He really got up didn’t he,” he said of the nine-year-old horse who while is a New Zealand thoroughbred, moved back from the UK with Paget last year.
Jock has now returned to NZ with his wife Tegan, taking up the new High Performance Coaching Development role with Equestrian Sports NZ, and although he wants to become a world class coach, he still has sights on making the New Zealand team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Based in the Waikato, Alec Jorgensen is a well known and respected Equine Veterinarian based in the Waikato where he works with a range of equine athletes. From Thoroughbreds to Sport Horses, there a few vets in the country with the breadth of knowledge that Alec possesses for conditioning and maintaining the equine elite.
Alec trained and graduated in Bristol, UK, in 1998. After initially working in a first opinion practice he then completed an equine internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital, UK, before moving to the USA and spending four years completing a residency programme at the University of Pennsylvania.
There he obtained a certificate in Equine Practice from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and became a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine Specialty).
Alec joined the Hamilton Veterinary Services Equine clinic in 2005. His primary interests are lameness, diagnostic imaging and sports medicine.
Pre-purchase and sales work for both race horses and sport horses is a large portion of his clinical work. He gets a great deal of satisfaction from his work with competition horses, (eventers, dressage horses and show jumpers) and in 2012 and 2013 was the team vet for the New Zealand trans-Tasman Eventing Team.