Nora Gray Wins The Sanctuary Peak Performance During 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL (April 8, 2012) – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center presented Nora Gray from Owen Sound, Ontario, with The Peak Performance Award in recognition of the top athletic conditioning of her amazing equitation horse, Venice. Gray, who works for North Run out of Warren, Vermont and Wellington, Florida, was excited at the opportunity to be showing Venice, who is a 9-year-old gelding owned by Mary Tyree from Chicago. Because Venice is currently for sale, Gray understands the importance of keeping him in shape for a highly successful season. “We ride him quite a lot,” she explained about his conditioning, “and it’s very important that he is well groomed and well fed, and we just make sure we take good care of him and all the horses at North Run.” The Sanctuary recognizes that this type of training is comparable to what human athletes go through, and therefore, the team received a $250 gift certificate to The Sanctuary as a part of the award, which can be used to ensure they continue to win top honors throughout 2013.
“The Sanctuary’s therapies are very similar to what professional human athletes undergo during training and competition, and we are happy to bring that level of care and technology to all of the equines we treat, from Olympic athletes to world champions and competitors at all levels,” explains The Sanctuary General Manager, Brenda McDuffee. “Our Peak Performance Award recognizes and honors equestrians who are dedicated to this same level of care for their equine athletic partners – before, during and after the shows.”
The Sanctuary is proud to have supported many top level equestrians throughout the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival and Global Dressage Festival circuits by sponsoring The Peak Performance Awards. They also sponsored the Hunter division championships each week during WEF. In addition, The Sanctuary’s satellite facility, The Sanctuary at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center(PBIEC), which was the location of the WEF, also offered a wide variety of equine performance conditioning treatments for the competing horses directly on site at the showgrounds. Here, equestrians had immediate access to the most advanced equine conditioning equipment including ECB Equine Cold Saltwater Leg Spas, Pegasus Companion Light Cure Laser Therapy, Ferno AquaPacers, Equivibe Vibration Plates, a Transpirator II by Centurion Systems, and Odyssey Solariums. These services were available on-site for the horses to treat any injuries, or to simply ensure top performance during their shows, and were very much appreciated by equestrians from all around the world.
The Sanctuary has quickly been recognized by horsemen and women from all disciplines as the finest, most comprehensive facility of its kind in the world. “Our goal, first and foremost, is to send every horse home in the best condition possible as well as physically and mentally sound,” explains McDuffee. The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center’s main campus is located in Ocala, Florida. The 30-acre, state-of-the-art facility is a multi-million dollar rehabilitation and conditioning facility that features the most advanced conditioning and rehab equipment available in the world today. The Cold Saltwater Leg Spa, a favorite among equestrian competitors, is the ideal treatment for legs. The 35-degree turbulated saltwater eliminates pain, reduces swelling and inflammation, removes heat, increases circulation, relieves sore feet and speeds healing. The Sanctuary also offers an Equine Hyperbaric Chamber, which is box stall type for freedom of movement while therapy is administered, an Aqua Pacer Water Treadmill – the safest, most effective water treadmill available, a 110 foot long, 14 foot deep inline equine swimming pool with therapeutic water , a 5/8 mile race track, two Eurocisers with therapeutic tracking surface – one under cover and one outdoors, Solariums, and Temperature-controlled veterinary inspection area with semi-surgical lighting, and rubberized surfaces in most areas.
For more information on the Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center visit www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com.
Photo: Nora Gray and Venice were awarded The Sanctuary Peak Performance Award during the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
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