Kerry Ridgway, DVM
is one of the USA’s
premier national and international lecturers and clinicians in the field
of “Integrative Equine Medicine.” His passion for horses, extending from
his childhood in Montana to this day, likely comes from his father who
was a professional horse guide in Yellowstone National Park and an avid
rodeo professional as well as ranching in Montana.
Kerry, as he
prefers to be called, graduated from Montana State University with a
degree in Chemistry and then graduated 2nd in his class with
honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State
University. He received the highest score in the nation that year on the
National Veterinary Board Examinations.
Very active in
Equine Sports Medicine, Dr Ridgway was a charter member and officer for
the international organization, the “Association for Equine Sports
Medicine” (AESM). His work with the sport of endurance has spanned from
1967 to the present time. He served a total of nine years as the chair
of the veterinary advisory committee to the American Endurance Ride
Conference (AERC) and was elected to the AERC Hall of Fame in 1989.
Having served as an endurance judge for over 300 rides, many as the head
veterinarian, he was the first “approved” FEI judge when endurance
became an FEI recognized discipline.
In 1986, he was
overcome with Lyme disease and had to give up his conventional medicine
practice. After a long period in which allopathic medicine did not
provide adequate help, he gradually recovered his health through the use
of “Integrative Medicine” in the form of acupuncture, chiropractic,
nutritional therapy and homeopathy. The disease that altered his life he
often describes as the best thing that ever happened to him. It allowed
him to see the importance of looking at health and the body from both a
conventional as well as alternative options. His illness set him on the
goal of always seeking the root cause and not just treating the
responses to these alternative options set him on the path and mission
that he pursues today. That mission is to work with veterinarians,
trainers, hoof care professionals, equine body workers, and the riding
public to integrate the best of “alternative therapies” with the best of
veterinary allopathic conventional medicine. Critical and integral to
the enhancement and treatment of performance issues; many of Dr.
Ridgway’s seminars integrate the importance and role of saddle fit and
properly balanced feet. He does a superb job of helping seminar
attendees become more educated consumers.
places great emphasis on, in his words, “An integrated team approach is
the best hope for prevention and treatment of equine injuries.”