April 21, 2005 | By: Haven Miller

A world-renowned insurer is celebrating an important anniversary with the University of Kentucky. Since the mid-1980s, Lloyd’s of London Underwriters, Brokers and their Kentucky Agents have given more than $640,000 for research and other activities of the university’s Department of Veterinary Science.

“Over the past 20 years, the Lloyd’s market has donated to the Department of Veterinary Science, and we have been delighted to do so,” said Julian Lloyd, Chairman of Lloyd’s Livestock Committee and Bloodstock Underwriter at Hiscox. “Lloyd’s is the preeminent insurer of bloodstock and we insure some of the most interesting and valuable equine risks in the world.  We are committed to supporting equine research and to providing the insurance cover to meet client needs worldwide.”

Continuing the tradition, Lloyd’s today presented a $40,000 check for continued support of The Equine Disease Quarterly.  The award-winning publication, which provides timely research-based reports to the horse industry worldwide, recently celebrated its 50thissue.

From an initial circulation of several hundred, it now reaches more than 17,000 readers in 87 countries and is translated into several languages.  It also is available on the Internet, and articles are regularly abstracted by a variety of scientific and lay equine publications.

“All this would not have been possible without the steadfast financial support of Lloyd’s and its Kentucky agents,” said David Powell, UK equine epidemiologist.

Lloyd’s Underwriters, Lloyd’s London Livestock Brokers and Kentucky Agents have supported the publication continuously since its inception in 1992. 

“We are delighted to continue our long-standing support of the fund and consider it to be a hugely worthwhile investment in helping develop and support new veterinary talent which clearly benefits the whole industry in which we and our clients work,” said Chris Williamson, Managing Director of Hughes-Gibb, the bloodstock insurance broking department of Willis Ltd.

Each year, Lloyd’s representatives arrange a meeting in Kentucky and during the meeting they traditionally present the check.  The attending Lloyd’s Underwriter and Association President make a joint presentation of $40,000.  This year’s meeting was held at Keeneland in Lexington.

“This marks the twentieth year of the Lloyd’s Grant to the University of Kentucky, plus ten yearly $1000 bursaries to final year veterinarian students at various veterinary universities around the United States,” said Shack Parrish, President of Clay Ward Agency. “The idea for the grant and bursaries was formulated by Lloyd’s Kentucky Agents, Dave Parrish ( Clay Ward), Blair Scott ( Scott Company), Lloyd’s Livestock Underwriter, David Chambers, Lloyd’s Broker, Roger Barklam ( Hughes- Gibb) and Jack Bryans, Chairman, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky in the spring- summer of 1985. The research programs and The Equine Disease Quarterlysupported by the yearly grants have been greatly beneficial to the thoroughbred equine community and hopefully will continue for many years into the future.”

To commemorate the 50th issue, the publication changed its format to include brief reviews of the research activities undertaken by the five endowed chairs at the Center.  Their reports indicate the emphasis on equine infectious disease research, including virology, bacteriology and immunology.

“Disease monitoring and reporting have never been as important as they are today and The Equine Disease Quarterly has proven extremely valuable in disseminating information on equine diseases to horse industries worldwide,” said Peter Timoney, Department Chair and Director of UK’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center.

Published four times yearly, the Quarterly is available at no charge.  It is co-edited by Drs. David Powell and Roberta Dwyer of the Gluck Equine Research Center, and Dr. Neil Williams of UK’s Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center.

Lloyd’s of London is a 317 year-old institution whose members underwrite risk in return for premiums and investment income. They are recognized as the world’s largest thoroughbred horse insurer and, as such, remain committed both to supporting equine research and providing the insurance cover essential to the well being and prosperity of Bloodstock interests worldwide.


Contacts: David Powell, 859-257-4757, ext. 81093;
Melanie Batley, +44 (0) 20 7327 6125