December 2016 - Profiles in Protection
Written by Nan Meek
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:31


Tom Meyers and APF Pro are essential members of winning teams at the highest levels.

by Nan Meek

London 2012 was memorable for Tom Meyers for two reasons: One, his client Akiko Yamazaki’s horse Ravel and Steffen Peters brought home the highest US dressage score of the Games. Two, noted equine sports therapist Doug Hannum introduced Tom to APF Pro from Auburn Laboratories, Inc.

As the go-to guy for equine physiotherapy among high-performance horse owners, trainers and riders, Tom works on some of the brightest equine stars, as well as those horses whose owners simply want nothing but the best for them.

Tom’s unique program, developed in the 1990s, combines Respond cold laser treatment and electromagnetic therapy, plus hands-on bodywork based on the late, legendary Jack Meagher’s techniques. Since London 2012, APF Pro has become an essential part of his program, with stellar results.

“My program is designed for healthy horses,” Tom explains, “athletic horses that are competing as jumpers, dressage horses, western, and on the race track.” One high-profile example: US dressage supporter Akiko Yamazaki’s current team horses Legolas and Rosamunde, ridden by Steffen Peters, along with her personal dressage horses Donavan and Chopin.

Advanced Protection Formula

“Tom does some amazing things for horses,” says Michael Van Noy, DVM, founder of Auburn Laboratories, Inc. “In his hands, the combination of nutritional therapy and physiotherapy helps equine athletes stay well and compete at the highest level of sport.”

Tom first used APF Pro on a case close to home – literally. “When I came back from London with some APF Pro, I tried it first on my wife’s laminitic pony. I knew if Doug Hannum said it worked, it worked. That pony responded quickly to APF Pro and eventually became 100% sound. I knew it was due to APF Pro because he wasn’t on anything else.” Tom never looked back, and APF Pro became an essential part of his program.
APF, the original formula from Auburn Laboratories, Inc., stands for Advanced Protection Formula, and that’s exactly what it does: University-level research has demonstrated the protective effects of APF on the horse’s immune system.

APF Pro is the most advanced natural herbal formula for use in equine athletes. APF Pro combines the proven nutritional technology of the original APF with the muscle-building power of 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), a safe and natural plant extract found in Rhaponticum carthamoides, along with the gastric health benefit of Aralia mandschurica.

20E is one of the most widely researched nutrients used by top athletes and body builders for its remarkable ability to safely increase lean muscle mass during strength training, with none of the adverse effects of anabolic steroids. Researchers have found Aralia can have important protective benefits against stomach upset caused by stress and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

APF Pro is unequalled in its protection of the immune system, cellular metabolism, gastric health and muscle development.

Tom Meyers has been a part of Akiko Yamazaki’s team for 15 years. Here he’s with Legolas 92 at the Rio awards ceremony, where Steffen Peters and Legolas were on the bronze medal winning US dressage team.

“Dougie Hannum, who introduced me to APF Pro, has used it in four Olympics,” Tom relates, having been on hand recently at Rio, as well as at previous Games. “With all the modalities we use to support equine athletes, supplements like APF Pro amplify what we do for working horses.”

Amateurs, Professionals, Fans

APF Pro has fans among amateurs and professionals alike, but none blurs the pro/am distinction more than Akiko Yamazaki. Although best known as the owner of Steffen Peters’ superstar dressage horses Ravel, Legolas and Rosamunde, Akiko is a dedicated and successful amateur dressage competitor.

At her Four Winds Farm in Woodside, Akiko manages her horses with professional skill. It’s no small task to maintain the health and happiness of her personal horses along with the world-wide travel of her international horses, and Tom is there for her whenever needed.

“She’s a great overseer of her horses,” Tom remarks. “Supplements, treatments, vets – if they need it, they get it, whether it’s a retired horse or a competition horse. When I introduced APF to Akiko, she was willing to give it a shot. Now all her horses are on APF Pro.”

Akiko explains, “In the now close to 15 years that Tom has worked on my horses, there have been many feed and supplements on the market, but Tom is not one to jump on trends. I don’t have my horses on too many supplements but I trust in Tom’s recommendations because he can, just like us riders, feel what really works first hand. APF Pro is now part of our competition and long term care program.”

Tom’s perspective comes from the heart: “To be able to help horses with noninvasive modalities and supplements like APF Pro is a blessing.” His clients’ horses – with names like Ravel and Legolas, among others – surely agree.

Article provided by Auburn Laboratories. For more information about APF and Auburn Laboratories, Inc., visit, contact Michael Van Noy at 530-432-8157 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .