Our relationship with New Bolton Center began last winter, after we installed MC Ecotrack® in the indoor at Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm. Jane Simone and Dr. Elizabeth Davidson came to evaluate our product as the footing for their highly anticipated new evaluation facility slated to be constructed this past summer.
On Wednesday November 7th, Martin Collins proudly attended the unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony for this beautiful indoor facility, which was constructed by local builders, King Construction, and features MC Ecotrack®!
Glynnie Walford, CEO of Martin Collins USA remarked, “We are thrilled to have been chosen to supply the new footing for this marvelous new facility at New Bolton. It is the first installation in the USA for MC Ecotrack® in such a high profile veterinary establishment and it is terribly exciting for us. Needless to say, we are looking forward to a long working relationship with them.”
University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center continues to be one of the nations premier educational and treatment facilities, recently noted for their heroic efforts with the recovery efforts of Barbaro, Neville Bardos and the all the fire victims of the Boyd Martin’s barn fire. In celebration of Neville and Catch a Star’s positive recoveries, both horses attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with super-pony stallion Popeye, owned by generous donor, Ilona English.
If it wasn’t for the philanthropic generosity of both Ilona English and Saly Glassman, the realization of this dream facility would not have been possibility.
Below is an excerpt from New Bolton’s newsletter from the evening:
“Freezing rain was coming down in sheets, the wind was picking up and the threat of snow loomed. On Wednesday, November 7th the newest building on the New Bolton Center Campus was dedicated and the weather was miserable.
“This kind of weather,” said Elizabeth Davidson, DVM, DACVS in her opening remarks, “is exactly the reason we need this building.” The building is the Ilona English Equine Performance Evaluation Facility (EPEF).
The day was not unlike one in late spring, 2008, when Ilona English, breeder and owner of Summit Sporthorses and Sportponies in Ringoes, NJ, brought one of her horses to New Bolton Center for a lameness evaluation. The atrocious weather inspired her to call on New Bolton Center’s Development Office and raise the question, “Why doesn’t New Bolton Center have a sheltered place for lameness evaluations?” Following those discussions, Ilona spearheaded an initiative to build an indoor arena and the Penn grad provided the initial funding for the project.
The facility is an 80’ x 120’ indoor arena that offers an even, dependable, appropriate riding surface for the evaluation of horses. Shelter from the weather – snow, ice, rain and searing summer sun – provides a much safer and more comfortable environment for patients, clients, clinicians, nurses and students. The building is also capable of supporting mobile technology routinely used by Sports Medicine clinicians in lameness diagnoses.
“This building will be an integral element in our Sports Medicine Program,” explained Dr. Davidson, who was a primary force behind the building and its design. “As we continue to build one of the premier equine sports medicine programs anywhere, this facility will help us to excel in patient care by giving us the ability to evaluate horses, regardless of the weather, in a safe environment.”
For the footing, Dr. Davidson chose MC Ecotrack® by Martin Collins, a top-notch blend of wax-coated sand, CLOPF® fibers, and soft rubber that provides an ideal surface for sport horses, whether in hand or under saddle. Favored by those designing international horse competition arenas and some local Olympic-level competitors as well, Dr. Davidson pointed out proudly, “we’re the only veterinary facility in this country to have this footing. Only two other veterinary facilities, both in England, are using it.”
The Sports Medicine team at New Bolton Center offers a wide range of specialty services that address lameness issues as well as those of the heart and airways. State-of-the-art imaging capabilities including MRI, treadmill exam, ultrasound, CT, digital radiology and nuclear scans allow the veterinarians to diagnose and treat performance limiting conditions in horses of all disciplines.
Photo Credits Lisa Thomas/Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Services