selected publications


training and fitness in athletic horses.

A report for the Australian Government - Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation. Authored by Dr David Evans.


racetrack design and performance.

A report for the Australian Government - Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation. Literature Review by Dr David Evans and Dr Naomi Cogger.


2002 rspca australia scientific seminar. 

Addressing the demands of performance and competition through science by Dr David Evans.


chapters in books.

Evans D.L. and Young, L (2010) Cardiac responses to exercise and training. In: Cardiology of the Horse. Editor Marr, C. M., published by Elsevier Saunders, London.

Evans DL (2008) Exercise testing in the field. In Equine Exercise Physiology, eds Hinchcliffe K, and Goer, R, and Kaneps, A. Elsevier, London, UK.

Evans D.L. (2007) Fatigue. Merck-Merial Manual for Pet Health, Merial Limited, Delaware, USA.

Evans, D.L. (2005) Performance Related Problems and Exercise Physiology . In: The Equine Manual, eds. Higgins, A. and Snyder, JR, Elsevier. Saunders Co., London, U.K. 1059-1091.

Evans DL (2004) Exercise testing in the Field. In Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, eds Hinchcliffe KW, Kaneps, AJ and Goer, RJ, Saunders, London, UK, 19-31.

Evans D.L. (2004) Fatigue and exercise. Merck Veterinary Manual. 9th edition, Merial Limited, Delaware, USA, 17-21.

Evans DL (2002) Welfare of the racehorse during exercise training and racing. In: The Welfare of Horses. Ed. Waran, N., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Evans D.L. (1999) Cardiac responses to exercise and training. In: Cardiology of the Horse. Editor Marr, C. M., published by W B Saunders, London, 32-46.

Evans D.L. (1998) Fatigue during exercise. Merck Veterinary Manual. 8th edition. Merck and Co. Inc., Whitehouse Station, USA 728-731.

Evans, D.L. (1995) Performance Related Problems and Exercise Physiology . In: The Equine Manual, eds. Higgins, A. and Wright, I.M. , W.B. Saunders Co., London, U.K. 936-951.

Evans DL (1994) The cardiovascular System: Anatomy, Physiology, and adaptations to exercise and training. The Athletic Horse. , editors D.R. Hodgson and R.J. Rose, WB Saunders Co., Phil., USA, 129-144.

Evans DL (1994) Training thoroughbred racehorses. The Athletic Horse. , editors D.R. Hodgson and R.J. Rose, WB Saunders Co., Phil., USA, 393-398.

Evans DL (1994) Training regimens: Overview. In The Athletic Horse. , editors D.R. Hodgson and R.J. Rose, WB Saunders Co., Phil., USA, 387-392.

Rose, R. J. and Evans, D. L. (1986) Metabolic and respiratory responses to prolonged submaximal exercise in the horse. In: Biochemistry of Exercise IV., ed. Saltin, B., Human Kinetics, Illinois, 459-466.

Evans D. L. (1989) Performance Profiling. In; “Equine Sports Medicine”, edited by W. E. Jones, Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia, U.S.A., 205-214.


articles, notes and communications in refereed journals.

(i) research articles.

Evans D L; Kiddell L; Smith C L (2011) Pulmonary function measurements immediately after exercise are correlated with neutrophil percentage in tracheal aspirates in horses with poor racing performance.Research in Veterinary Science;90(3):510-5

Ramseyer, A., Sides, R., Slinker, B., Evans, D., Bayly, W. (2010) Evaluation of a mask for breath-by-breath respirometry during exercise in horses. Equine Veterinary Journal, Suppl 38, 42, 240-245

Cogger N, Perkins N, Hodgson D, Reid S, Evans D. Profiling training preparation in young Australian Thoroughbred racehorses. Aust Vet J. 2008 Nov;86(11):419-24.

Kusano, K, Curtis R.A., Goldman C.A., Evans D.L. Relative flow-time relationships in single breaths recorded after treadmill exercise in Thoroughbred horses (2007) J Equine Vet. Sci., 362-368

N. CoggerN. Perkins, D.R. Hodgson, S.W.J. Reid and D.L. Evans (2006) Risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries in 2-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 74, 36-43

Curtis RA. Kusano K. Evans DL. Lovell NH. Hodgson DR. Reliability of cardiorespiratory measurements with a new ergospirometer during intense treadmill exercise in Thoroughbred horses. Veterinary Journal. 169(2):223-231, 2005 Mar.

MG Serrano, DL Evans and JL Hodgson (2002) Heart rate and blood lactate concentrations in a field fitness test for event horses. Australian Equine Veterinarian, 19: 154-161.

Golland, L.C., Evans, D.L., Stone, G.M., Tyler-McGowan, C.M., Hodgson, D.R., Rose, R.J Effects of overtraining on blood volumes in the horse. The Veterinary Journal. 165/3:228 – 233

Davie AJ. Evans DL. (2000) Blood lactate responses to submaximal field exercise tests in thoroughbred horses Veterinary Journal. 159(3):252-258.

Knight PR and Evans DL (2000) Clinical abnormalities detected in post-race examinations of poorly performing Standardbreds. Aust. Vet. J., 78:344-346.

Davie AJ. Evans DL. Hodgson DR. Rose RJ. (1999) Effects of muscle glycogen depletion on some metabolic and physiological responses to submaximal treadmill exercise. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research – Revue Canadienne de Recherche Veterinaire. 63(4):241-247.

Golland, L.C., Evans, D.L. and Stone, G.M., Tyler-McGowan, C.M., Hodgson, D.R. and Rose, R.J. (1999) Plasma cortisol and B-endorphin concentrations in trained and overtrained Standardbred racehorses. Pflugers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology. 439; 11-17.

Rose, R. Hodgson, D. Evans, D Research in equine exercise physiology at the University of Sydney. [Journal article] Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 1998. 18: 2, 86-90.

Tyler CM. Golland LC. Evans DL. Hodgson DR. Rose RJ. (1998) Skeletal muscle adaptations to prolonged training, overtraining and detraining in horses. Pflugers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology. 436(3):391-397.

Christley, R.M., Hodgson, D.R. , Evans, D.L., and Rose, R.J. (1997) Cardiorespiratory responses to exercise in horses with different grades of laryngeal hemiplegia. Equine Vet. J. 29, 6-10.

Tyler, CM, Golland, LC, Evans, DL, Hodgson, DR and Rose, RJ (1996) Changes in maximum oxygen uptake during prolonged training, overtraining and detraining in horses. J Appl Physiol., 81:2244-2249.

Evans D.L. and Golland, L.C. (1996) Accuracy of a Accusport for measurement of lactate concentrations in equine blood and plasma. Equine Veterinary Journal, 28:398-402 .

McKane, S., Rose, R.J. and Evans, D.L. (1995) Comparison of bronchoalveolar lavage findings and measurements of gas exchange during exercise in horses with poor racing performance. New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 43, 179-182

Eaton, M.D., Evans, D.L, Hodgson, D.R., and Rose, R.J. (1995) The effect of treadmill incline and speed on metabolic rate during exercise in Thoroughbred horses. J. Appl. Physiol. 79(3): 951-957

Rainger, J.E., Evans, D.L., Hodgson, D.R. and Rose, R.J. (1995) Distribution of Lactate in Plasma and Erythrocytes During and After Exercise in Horses. Brit. Vet. J., 151, 299-310.

Evans DL (90%) and Polglaze, KE (1994) Relationships between electrocardiographic findings, racing performance and training in Standardbred horses. Aust Vet J 71, 375-378

Evans, D.L., Silverman, E., Rose, R.J. and Hodgson, D.R. (1994) Gait and respiration in standardbred horses when pacing and galloping. Research in Veterinary Science, 57:233-239

Rainger, J.E., Evans, D.L., Hodgson, D.R. and Rose, R.J. (1994) Blood lactate disappearance after maximal exercise in trained and detrained horses. Res Vet Sci 57, 325-331.

King, C.M., Rose, R.J. and Evans, D.L. (1994) The influence of anticoagulant, storage temperature and time on equine plasma lactate concentration. Aust. Vet. J. 71,382-384.

King, C.M., Evans, D.L. and Rose, R.J. (1994) Significance for exercise capacity of some electrocardiographic abnormalities in racehorses. Aust Vet J, 71:200-202.

King, C.M., Evans, D.L. and Rose, R.J. (1994) Cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses to exercise in horses with various abnormalities of the upper respiratory tract. Equine Vet J. 26:220-225.

Southwood, L.L., Evans, D.L., Hodgson, D.R., Bryden, W.L., and Rose, R.J. (1993) The effect of roughage source on exercise performance and metabolism in thoroughbred horses. Cornell Vet. 83: 243-255.

Southwood, L.L., Evans, D.L., Bryden, W.L., and Rose, R.J. (1993) Feeding practices at Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorse stables. Australian Veterinary Journal, 70:184-185.

Southwood, L.L., Evans, D.L., Bryden, W.L., and Rose, R.J. (1993) Nutrient intake of horses in Thoroughbred and Standardbred stables. Australian Veterinary Journal, 70:164-168.

Evans, D.L., Harris, R.C. and Snow, D.H. (1993) Correlation of racing performance with blood lactate and heart rate in Thoroughbred horses. Equine Veterinary Journal, 25:441-445.

Evans D. L. and Rose, R. J. (1988) Dynamics of cardiorespiratory function in Standardbred horses during different intensities of constant-load exercise. Journal of Comparative Physiology, 157;791-799.

Evans D. L. and Rose, R. J. (1988) Cardiovascular and respiratory responses to submaximal exercise training in the Thoroughbred horse. Pflugers Arch., 411;316-321.

Evans D. L. and Rose, R. J. (1988) Cardiovascular and respiratory responses in Thoroughbred horses during treadmill exercise. Journal of Experimental Biology, 134;397-408.

Evans D. L. and Rose, R. J. (1988) Effect of a respiratory gas collection mask on some measurements of cardiovascular and respiratory function in horses exercising on a treadmill. Research in Veterinary Science, 44;220-225.

Evans D. L. and Rose, R. J. (1988) Determination and repeatibility of maximal oxygen uptake and other cardiorespiratory measurements in the exercising horse. Equine Veterinary Journal, 20;94-98.

Evans D. L. and Rose, R. J. (1986) Method of investigation of the accuracy of digitally-displaying heart rate meters suitable for use in the exercising horse. Equine Veterinary Journal, 18;129-132.


invited review articles and editorials.

Evans DL (2007) Physiology of equine performance and associated tests of function. ;39(4):373-83.

Evans DL (2002) Structure and function in the exercising horse – Will Veterinarians miss out yet again? Editorial, The Veterinary Journal.

R. J. Rose, D.L. Evans and D.R Hodgson (2000) The clinical relevance of equine exercise physiology: can we do better? , Equine Veterinary Journal.

Rose R.J. and Evans, D. L. (1990) Training horses – Art or Science. In: Equine Exercise Physiology, Equine Veterinary Journal, Supplement 9: 2-4.


refereed full length conference papers.

DL Evans, Kiddel, L., Smith, CL. (2011) Pulmonary function measurements immediately after exercise are correlated with neutrophil percentage in tracheal aspirates in horses with poor racing performance. Res. Vet. Sci. 90:510-515.

Hayek A.R., Jones B., Evans D.L., Thomson P.C. and McGreevy P.D. (2005) Epidemiology of horses leaving the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing industries. Proceedings of the 1 International Equitation Science Symposium (2005), Eds: P. McGreevy, A. McLean, N. Waran, D. Goodwin, A, Warren-Smith. Post-Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science, Sydney. 84-89.

Curtis, R.A., Kusano, K., Evans, D.L. (2006) Observations on respiratory flow strategies during and after intense treadmill exercise to fatigue in thoroughbred horses. Proc. 7 Int. Conf. Equine Exercise Physiology, eds. Essén-Gustavsson, B., Barrey, E., Lekeux, P.M., Marlin, D.J.., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 36;567-572.

Walker, H.J., Evans, D.L., Slocombe, R.F., Hodgson, J.L., Hodgson, D.R. (2006) Effect of corticosteroid and bronchodilator therapy on brochoalveolar lavage cytology following intrapulmonary blood inoculation. Proc. 7 Int. Conf. Equine Exercise Physiology, eds. Essén-Gustavsson, B., Barrey, E., Lekeux, P.M., Marlin, D.J.., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 36; 516-522.

Vermeulen A.D. and Evans D.L (2006) Measurements of fitness in thoroughbred racehorses using field studies of heart rate and velocity with a global positioning system. Proc. 7 Int. Conf. Equine Exercise Physiology, eds. Essén-Gustavsson, B., Barrey, E., Lekeux, P.M., Marlin, D.J.., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 36; 113-117.

H.L. Gramkow and D.L. Evans (2006) Correlation of race earnings with velocity at maximal heart rate during a field exercise test in Thoroughbred racehorses. Proc. 7 Int. Conf. Equine Exercise Physiology, eds. Essén-Gustavsson, B., Barrey, E., Lekeux, P.M., Marlin, D.J.., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 36; 118-122.

McGreevy PM, Della Torre PK, Evans DL (2003) Animal behaviour learning environment: software to facilitate learning in canine and feline behaviour therapy. J Vet Med Ed., 30, 308-317.

Rose RJ, Sosa Leon, L., Hodgson, DR, Evans DL, Ray, SP, Carlson, GP (2002) Hyperhydration prior to moderate intensity exercise causes arterial hypoxaemia. Proc. 6 Int. Conf. Equine Exercise Physiology, eds. Hinchcliffe K.W., Geor, R.J. and Pagan, J.D., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 34; 425-429.

D.L. Evans, T.L. Priddle and Davie, A.J (2002) Plasma lactate and uric acid responses to racing in pacing Standardbreds and relationships with performance. Proc. 6 Int. Conf. Equine Exercise Physiology, eds. Hinchcliffe K.W., Geor, R.J. and Pagan, J.D., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 34; 131-134.

Davie, A.J., Priddle, T.L. and Evans, D.L. (2002) Metabolic Responses to Submaximal Field Exercise Tests and Relationships with Racing Performance in Pacing Standardbreds. Proc. 6 Int. Conf. Equine Exercise Physiology, eds. Hinchcliffe K.W., Geor, R.J. and Pagan, J.D., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 34; 112-115.

Catherine M. Tyler, Lorraine C. Golland, David L. Evans, David R.. Hodgson, And Reuben J. Rose (2002) Effects of prolonged intense training, overtraining and detraining on skeletal muscle metabolites and enzyme activities. Proc. 6 Int. Conf. Equine Exercise Physiology, eds. Hinchcliffe K.W., Geor, R.J. and Pagan, J.D., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 34; 257-263. 

Serrano, M. G., Evans D.L. and Hodgson, J.L. (2002) Heart rate and blood lactate during exercise in preparation for eventing competition. Proc. 6 Int. Conf. Equine Exercise Physiology, eds. Hinchcliffe K.W., Geor, R.J. and Pagan, J.D., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 34; 135-139.

Serrano, M. G., Evans D.L. and Hodgson, J.L. (2001) Heart rate and blood lactate concentrations in a field fitness test for event horses. Aust. Equine Vet., 19; 154-161.

Barrey E., Evans S.E., Evans D.L., Curtis R.A., Quinton R. and Rose, R.J. (2001) Locomotion evaluation for racing in Thoroughbreds. Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 33, 99-103.

Aldred, J. E. Evans, D. L. Legge, M. Bryden, W. L Trace element status of broodmares in the hunter valley region of Australia. [Conference paper. Journal article]
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences. 2000. 13: Supplement, 482

Eaton, M.D., Hodgson, D.R., Evans, D.L. and D.R. Rose,R.J. (1999) Effects of low and moderate –intensity training on metabolic responses to exercise in Thoroughbreds. Proceedings of 5 International Conference of Equine Exercise Physiology. Equine Exercise Physiology 5, Equine Veterinary Journal Supplement 30, ed. Jeffcott, L.B., Publ.ished by Equine Vet. J., 521-527.

Tyler-McGowan, CM, Golland, LC, Evans DL, Hodgson, DR and Rose RJ. (1998) Haematological and biochemical responses to training and overtraining. Proceedings of 5 International Conference of Equine Exercise Physiology. Equine Exercise Physiology 5, Equine Veterinary Journal Supplement 30, ed. Jeffcott, L.B., Publ.ished by Equine Vet. J., 621-625.

Christley, R.M., Evans, D.L., Hodgson, D.R., and Rose, R.J. (1998) Blood gas changes during incremental and sprint exercise. Proceedings of 5 International Conference of Equine Exercise Physiology. Equine Exercise Physiology 5, Equine Veterinary Journal Supplement 30, ed. Jeffcott, L.B., Publ.ished by Equine Vet. J., 24-26.

Golland, L.C., Evans, D.L., Stone, G.M., Tyler C.M. , Rose R.J. and Hodgson D.R. (1998) Maximal exercise transiently disrupts hormonal secretory patterns in Standardbred geldings. Proceedings of 5 International Conference of Equine Exercise Physiology. Equine Exercise Physiology 5, Equine Veterinary Journal Supplement 30, ed. Jeffcott, L.B., Publ.ished by Equine Vet. J., 581-585.

R.J. Rose, N.J. Kriz, D.L. Evans and D.R. Hodgson. (1996) Effects of heart murmurs on indices of exercise capacity in racehorses. Proceedings of the 15th meeting of Association of Equine Sports Medicine, Bonn, 24-28 June, Pferdeheilkunde 12:711-712.

Christley, R.M., Hodgson, D.R., Evans, D.L. and Rose, R.J. (1996) The functional significance of different grades of idiopathic laryngeal hemiplegia. Proceedings of the 15th meeting of Association of Equine Sports Medicine, Bonn, 24-28 June, Pferdeheilkunde 12:539-543.

Tyler, C.M., Golland, L., Evans, D.L., Hodgson, D.R. and Rose, R.J. (1996) Changes in fitness during prolonged training in Standardbred horses. Proceedings of the 15th meeting of Association of Equine Sports Medicine, Bonn, 24-28 June, 1996. Pferdeheilkunde 12:480-481.

Sosa León, L., , Hodgson, D.R., Evans, D.L. , Carlson, G.P. and Rose, R.J. (1996) Effects of hyperhydration on cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses to exercise during a simulated 2nd day of the 3-day event. Proceedings of the 15th meeting of Association of Equine Sports Medicine, Bonn, 24-28 June, Pferdeheilkunde 12:459-462.

Golland, L.C., Evans D.L., Stone, G.M, Tyler C.M. , Hodgson D.R. and Rose R.J. (1996) The effect of overtraining on plasma cortisol concentrations at rest and in response to exercise and administration of synthetic adrenocorticotropin in Standardbred racehorses. Proceedings of the 15th meeting of Association of Equine Sports Medicine, Bonn, 24-28 June, Pferdeheilkunde 12:531-533.

Tyler, C.M., Golland, L., Evans, D.L., Hodgson, D.R. and Rose, R.J. (1996) Changes in fitness during prolonged training in Standardbred horses. Presented at the 15th meeting of the Association of Equine Sports Medicine, Bonn, 24-28 June, 1996. Pferdeheilkunde 12:480-481.

King, C.M., Evans, D.L. and Rose, R.J. (1995) Acclimation to treadmill exercise. In: Equine Exercise Physiology 4. Proc. 4th International Conference on equine Exercise Physiology, ed. Robinson, N.E., R and W Publications, Newmarket U.K., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 18. 453-456.

Bellenger, S., Davie, A.J., Evans, D.L., Hodgson, D.R. and Rose, R.J. (1995) Effects of low intensity training on gas exchange at the start of exercise. In: Equine Exercise Physiology 4. Proc. 4th International Conference on equine Exercise Physiology, ed. Robinson, N.E., R and W Publications, Newmarket U.K., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 18. 43-46.

Eaton, M.D., Rose, R.J., Evans, D.L. and Hodgson, D.R. (1995) Assessment of anaerobic capacity using maximal accumulated oxygen deficit in fit Thoroughbreds. In: Equine Exercise Physiology 4. Proc. 4th International Conference on equine Exercise Physiology, ed. Robinson, N.E., R and W Publications, Newmarket U.K., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 18. 29-32.

Rose, R.J., King, C.M., Evans, D.L., Tyler, C.M. and Hodgson, D.R. (1995) Indices of exercise capacity in horses presented for poor racing performance. In: Equine Exercise Physiology 4. Proc. 4th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology, ed. Robinson, N.E., R and W Publications, Newmarket U.K., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 18. 418-421.

Evans, D.L., Rainger, J.E., Hodgson D.R. Eaton M.D. and Rose R.J. (1995) The effect of intensity and duration of training on blood lactate concentrations during and after exercise. In: Equine Exercise Physiology 4. Proc. 4th International Conference on equine Exercise Physiology, ed. Robinson, N.E., R and W Publications, Newmarket U.K., Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 18.. 422-425.

Evans, D. L.(1991) T waves in the equine electrocardiogram: effects of training and implications for race performance. Equine Exercise Physiology 3, eds. Persson, S.G.B., Lindholm, A. and Jeffcott, L.B., ICEEP Publications, Stockholm, 475-481.

Rose, R. J. and Evans, D. L. (1987) Cardiovascular and respiratory function in the athletic horse. Equine Exercise Physiology 2, eds. Gillespie J. R. and Robinson, N. E., ICEEP Publications, Davis, CA, 1-24.

Rose, R. J. and Evans, D. L. (1987) Cardiorespiratory effects of clenbuterol in fit Thoroughbred horses during a maximal exercise test. Equine Exercise Physiology 2, eds. Gillespie J. R. and Robinson, N. E., ICEEP Publications, Davis, CA, 117-131.

Evans, D. L. and Rose, R. J. (1987) Maximum oxygen consumption in the racehorse: prediction and correlation. Equine Exercise Physiology 2, eds. Gillespie J. R. and Robinson, N. E., ICEEP Publications, Davis, CA, 1-24.