Rood & Riddle To Host Special Event March 12

Rood & Riddle is located at 5320 South Shore Blvd.

Rood & Riddle in Wellington will host its annual client educational event, Cocktail & Conversations, with exclusive partner Zoetis on Tuesday, March 12, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will feature interesting and timely topics, along with the ability to ask questions of Rood & Riddle experts. This educational event is open to the public and free of charge. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served prior to the educational lectures. The event will be held at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Wellington, located at 5320 South Shore Blvd.

Four of the top veterinarians from the highly respected Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Wellington will be hosting individual presentations on issues that are important for the horse community.

Dr. Jose Bras will speak and perform a live demonstration on the topic “Dynamic Endoscopy in the Sport Horse.” Bras completed an in-hospital internship at Rood & Riddle in Lexington, Ky., and then a surgical residency at Kansas State University. He became a full-time Rood & Riddle team member in 2015 and now heads up the surgery department at Rood & Riddle Wellington and provides ambulatory services in lameness evaluation and sales exams.

Dr. Stephanie Walbornn also calls Wellington home and will be presenting “Unexplained Subfertility in Broodmares.” As a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, Walbornn has made the Rood & Riddle name a top provider of a variety of advanced reproductive techniques, including embryo flushing, oocyte aspiration, semen collection and evaluation, and more.

International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame member Dr. Raul Bras will be sharing his combined knowledge of both veterinary medicine and equine podiatry to discuss the topic of “A Better Understanding of Laminitis.” Bras, a shareholder at Rood & Riddle, serves as a veterinary podiatrist based out of the Lexington campus. He routinely schedules appointments in Wellington and across the United States.

Lastly, Dr. Karen Beste, the latest addition to the Wellington hospital surgical team, will be discussing “Indications and Advantages of Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Procedures.” Beste was raised in North Texas, where she bred and raised Quarter Horses and trained barrel horses. While an undergraduate, Beste was on the Texas A&M polo team and was team captain her senior year. In 2013, she graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Beste completed a surgery internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, followed by a rotating in-hospital internship at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, prior to a surgical residency at Texas A&M University. After completing her residency, she joined the Rood & Riddle team in August 2018.

Rood & Riddle has been a well-known leader in equine healthcare since 1982 and is known today as one of the top practices for groundbreaking and effective equine treatments with locations in Kentucky, New York and Florida.

Officially launched in November 2016, the Wellington hospital is one of the most advanced facilities in South Florida and provides a variety of services, including elective and emergency surgery, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, sport horse medicine, podiatry and advanced reproduction services. Learn more at