Passing of equine vet Doug Byars; jumping course designer Paul Duffy

Leading show-jumping course designer Paul Duffy has died at the age of 78 in Ireland.

Duffy, from Knocknacarra in Galway, was heavily involved in the design of show jumping courses throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, including that of the 1982 World Championships and the Sydney Royal Show the following year.

He was the founder of Duffy Equestrian Centre in Loughgeorge, Co Galway. Duffy, who died at St Brendan’s Nursing Unit in Loughrea Co Galway, is  survived by his wife Brid, sons Paul, Brendan and Mark and daughter Audrey.

• US equine veterinarian Doug Byars, DVM, DACVIM, died on July 7 at his home in Georgetown, Kentucky, at the age of 70.

In 1983, Byars joined Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates, now known as Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, where he worked as head of equine medicine for 25 years. He was among the first equine veterinarians to deal with mare reproductive loss syndrome when it hit the equine industry in Kentucky in 2001. In recent years, Byars offered his services at Old Friends, a nonprofit thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown.

Byars also served on several horse industry councils and advisory boards during his career, including the Kentucky Horse Council and the Equine Health and Welfare Alliance. He also held offices in national professional veterinary organizations, including the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association Executive Boards Advisory Committee.

In 2007 he received the Robert W. Kirk Award for professional excellence.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, daughter Carrie, and son Jeremy.

A memorial service is scheduled for July 19.

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