Adequan® Named Official Discipline Sponsor of Para-Dressage at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

Sep 8, 2018 - 2:23 PM

For Immediate Release

TRYON, NC, USA – September 8, 2018 – The Organizing Committee of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 is delighted to welcome Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) as the Official Discipline Sponsor of Para-Dressage at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). Positioned to be the largest sporting event in the United States this year, the Games will be hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) from September 11-23 and will welcome an international audience to the venue to enjoy horse sport over the course of two weeks.


The epitome of partnership between horse and rider, Para-Dressage made its debut at the WEG in 2010 and was introduced as an official FEI discipline in 2006. The sport offers an opportunity for equestrian athletes with impairments to compete at an equal and meaningful level. Classified by “grade,” each competing athlete is required to perform a specific test. Each test may include movements at the walk, trot, and canter, depending on the athlete’s grade, which is selected based on a variety of criteria established through a Classification Profile. Competitors with similar profiles are grouped into their specific grades.


“These athletes epitomize the passion, focus, and courage of every equestrian striving to be a champion,” said Allyn Mann, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Luitpold Animal Health. “It is our distinct honor to support their journey in representing the best in the world at the FEI World Equestrian Games™. For nearly 30 years, we’ve shared this commitment to excellence and passion in equine sport by delivering the industry’s only FDA-approved product proven to reverse the destructive processes of equine degenerative joint disease (DJD) – a problem that athletes at this level know too well.” Please see below for important safety information on Adequan®.


Athletes from 23 countries have been named to the FEI Nominated Entries List for Adequan® Para-Dressage, which will take place in Tryon Stadium, spanning the course of five days from September 18-22. The schedule includes Individual competition on Tuesday, September 18, and Wednesday, September 19. Team competition will be held on Thursday, September 20, and Friday, September 21. A crowd favorite, featuring the ever-popular Individual Freestyle, will close out Adequan® Para-Dressage on Saturday, September 22.


As a continued supporter of the equestrian community, Adequan® is a familiar name to horse enthusiasts from around the world. “We are thrilled to welcome Adequan® as a Discipline Sponsor at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018,” said Mark Bellissimo, Managing Partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners and CEO of Tryon International Equestrian Center. “Through their support of Para-Dressage, Adequan® has played an instrumental role in the success and expansion of the equestrian sport across North America and beyond. We look forward to their continued involvement in the growth of this inspiring discipline.”


Adequan® i.m. is the only FDA approved equine polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) prescribed for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the carpal and hock joints in horses. Adequan i.m. is proven to diminish the destructive processes of DJD, reverse the processes that result in the loss of cartilage components, and improve overall joint function and associated lameness.[1] Talk to your veterinarian to determine if Adequan i.m. is the right choice for your horse. For more information, please visit


To learn more about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, please visit

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There are no known contraindications to the use of intramuscular Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan. Studies have not been conducted to establish safety in breeding horses. WARNING: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children. CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Please see Full Prescribing Information at

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, please visit or contact one of the following press officers:

National Press Officer – Carly Weilminster at or +1 (828) 863-1144

International Press Officer – Gayle Telford at or 0044(0) 203 176 0355

For more information from the FEI, please contact Shannon Gibbons at or 0041-78-750-6146.

About Luitpold Animal Health

Luitpold Animal Health, a division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is committed to advancing animal health with proven FDA-approved products like Adequan®. The company’s portfolio is anchored by the only FDA-approved equine polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, which has been relied on for nearly three decades by equine practitioners. As the manufacturer of Adequan® Canine (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), the company recently returned marketing and distribution of the product to its portfolio, reflecting its position as a leader in joint health care for horses and dogs. Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Daiichi Sankyo Group Company, manufactures and distributes human and veterinary pharmaceutical products and is committed to providing the ever-changing healthcare marketplace with a growing and diversified portfolio. For more information on Luitpold Animal Health, visit or call 800- 458-0163.


About the Tryon International Equestrian Center

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations, with first-class facilities for all eight FEI disciplines. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at

About the FEI World Equestrian Games™
The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the summer Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organized outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), which attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.

The Tryon 2018 Games offer qualifying slots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ History Hub can be viewed here.

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[1] Adequan® i.m. [package insert]. Shirley, NY: Luitpold Animal Health; 2008;2017.


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