STUDYING HORSES: Chris Reardon, of Warwick Vet Clinic, is veterinarian for the Polocrosse Association of Australia.
STUDYING HORSES: Chris Reardon, of Warwick Vet Clinic, is veterinarian for the Polocrosse Association of Australia. Gerard Walsh

Vet ready for his third World Cup

POLOCROSSE: Warwick Vet Clinic director Chris Reardon won't be short of fitness on a long day at the Adina Polocrosse World Cup on April 22-28.

He and son Cameron, 12, went on a 60km bike ride from Toowoomba to Helidon two weeks ago.

As well as having interest in polocrosse and racing, Dr Reardon is a keen cyclist.

He has been a board director of the Australian Veterinary Association for the past six years and the official Australian Polocrosse Association veterinarian since 2014.

He worked in a professional capacity at the 2003 and 2007 world cups in Warwick and at national championships in 2012 in Warwick, 2014 in Darwin, 2016 in Albury and 2018 in Perth.

Dr Reardon is generating research about professional athletes, in this case, polocrosse horses.

"I am doing a study to better understand the effort which goes into training horses and looking after their welfare,” he said.

"The research is to gain an understanding of what training techniques go into preparing a horse for the game.” A horse may cover 5km in a game.

"Injury rates are very low in polocrosse but with this research I want a greater understanding and knowledge of horses in sport to ensure better outcomes,” he said.

The condition of the fields had a lot to do with horses suffering muscle soreness.

"I don't expect a high vet out rate next week as the Warwick grounds are so soft,” he said.

He has also presented some data on polocrosse to the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology.

Profile Dr Chris Reardon

Age: 51

Work: Director of Warwick Vet Clinic with branches in Warwick, Allora and Clifton, and 13 staff.

Other interests: Cycling, horse racing.

Years working with sport of polocrosse: 25 years. Sons William and Cameron have both played for the Warwick club for the past three years. Lining up as veterinarian for third World Cup, first two in Warwick in 2003 and 2007.

Sporting heroes: My son Henry who competes in paralympic swimming, Winx, cyclist Cadel Evans and motorsport star Daniel Ricciardo.

Tickets on sale at Crossdraw Western Emporium, online at https://polocrosse worldcup.com.au or IOR Morgan Park.



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