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horse headThe 2006 Syracuse Invitational kicks off Nov. 1
to benefit Cornell University Equine Hospital

FOR RELEASE: Nov. 1, 2006

ITHACA, N.Y. - The 2006 Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, New York will be held Nov. 1-5. The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament is a not-for-profit organization that benefits Cornell University Equine Hospital and Vera House, a not-for-profit agency operating in Syracuse.

The tournament is one of the nation's premier international shows of equine jumping competitions, featuring the top-ranked US and international riders who will contend for the Budweiser World Cup Qualifier of Syracuse and the Animal Planet Sporthorse Cup. The finest junior riders in the U.S. will also compete for the National Horse Show ASPCA Maclay Championship. Tickets are required to attend featured performances. For ticket information and availability, contact the Oncenter Box Office at (315) 435-2121 or Ticket Master (

"It is a pleasure for Cornell to be associated with the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament. The tournament not only shines a spotlight on New York's vibrant $6-billion equine industry, it also showcases world-class talent in the form of the riders and equine athletes. In addition, the tournament's support of Cornell's Equine Hospital gives us the opportunity to educate the public about the outstanding veterinary medical resources available right here in Central New York," said Bonita S. Voiland, assistant dean for hospital operations at Cornell University Hospital for Animals. "Through the donations made by the tournament over the history of the event, the Cornell University Equine Health Advancement Fund has enabled our doctors to continually investigate new ways to identify and treat illness in the equine athlete."

During Nov. 2-3, Cornell veterinarians will present educational demonstrations and lectures on the following topics:

  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
    "Lameness Evaluation and Palpation of the Distal Limb"
    Jonathan Cheetham, Ph.D. candidate, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 2 - 2:50 p.m.
    "Update on EPM and Infectious Diseases"
    Thomas J. Divers, professor of medicine and chief of large animal medicine
  • Friday, Nov. 3, 1 - 1:50 p.m.
    "Equine Reproduction"
    Marco A. Coutinho da Silva, assistant professor in Theriogenology

"The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament is proud to be partnered with Cornell University Equine Hospital. We only hope that someday we can do as much for them as they have done for us. Regardless of what we give, it will never compare to what the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine has done for the equine industry in the Central New York, the nation and the world," said John Madden, chairman of the tournament's organizing committee.

Cornell University Equine Hospital provides routine and advanced veterinary care for the equine athlete, as well as for pleasure horses and working horses. Providing leadership in equine health care, veterinary education, clinical investigation and scientific innovation, the world-renowned Equine Hospital at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine is the focal point of clinical training for the equine veterinarians of tomorrow. For more information, visit /hospital or call (607) 253-3100. For all media inquiries and coverage of the event, contact Mary Jo Madden at (603) 498-4978 or To arrange interviews with the Cornell veterinarians, contact the Cornell Press Relations Office at (607) 255-3024 or