The Equine Medical Center to add a new indoor arena
- April 27, 2023
- By SARA CAVANAGH
By Sharon Peart
LEESBURG, Va.--The Equine Medical Center sports medicine complex will be complete in late fall with the addition of a new indoor arena.
Demonstrating the power of philanthropy, the newest addition to the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) hospital complex in Leesburg, Va., is finally underway.
Linked to the Youngkin Equine Soundness Clinic and the Equine Podiatry Center by covered walkways, The Jane and Stephen Hale Equine Performance Evaluation Center will become an integral part of the equine athletic evaluation and treatment complex at the hospital.
The new indoor arena will enhance the center’s sports medicine capabilities that are already available to equine athletes by integrating lameness evaluations, the center’s impressive imaging modalities, therapeutic podiatry, and heart and lung evaluations.
“The addition of a covered arena with hard, medium, and soft surfaces for the dynamic portion of soundness exams, and a safe enclosed riding area for under saddle lameness examinations and upper airway dynamic endoscopy will expand and enhance our performance evaluations,” said Jennifer Barrett, Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery.
These interconnected facilities will promote a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment, with specialists from different fields working together to solve sometimes complex athletic limiting issues in the horse.
Aimee and Frank Batten, Jr., provided the generous initial challenge gift to encourage and inspire others to support and fund the project, which was followed by several significant donations.
Joe May ’62 and Bobby May were inspired by the Battens and the generosity of others to work with EMC to designate a gift from the estate of Stephen and Jane Hale to fulfill the match goal.
The Battens had no desire to name the new facility and were delighted to have their match challenge met and supported naming the new facility after the Hales.
The project, which will be completed in late fall 2023, was made possible by generous philanthropic support from visionary individuals who value the availability of top-notch equine clinical care in the region.
For more information,go to https://emc.vetmed.vt.edu/