The University of Kentucky's (UK) Ag Equine Programs will host an inaugural Western Kentucky equine field day Tuesday, June 5, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. CDT at Darling 888 Ranch. The ranch is located at 4770 Grooms Lane Road in Princeton, Ky. Admission is free and a meal will be provided.

"We are pleased to host this inaugural event in Western Kentucky and appreciate Darling 888 Ranch opening its gates to the public for this event," said Bob Coleman, PhD, associate director for undergraduate education in equine science and management and extension horse specialist at UK. "This is a great opportunity for horse owners in Western Kentucky to see a working equine operation and learn practical information they can apply to their own operations. This is also a great opportunity for UK's Ag Equine Programs to take its educational offerings and events across the state, a goal we continually strive for.

"We appreciate the help of agents Shane Bogle and David Fourqurean, who have both been enthusiastic and engaged in the planning process for putting on this event. We also appreciate Darling 888 wanting to participate in helping UK put on quality equine educational programs. We anticipate a great event for the public," he added.

"Darling 888 has utilized the vast knowledge base the UK Cooperative Extension Service has to its benefit," added Shane Bogle, Caldwell County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. "It has been a pleasure working with the ranch team to implement their goals and see the improvements made in such a short amount of time, and then to have them open their doors so freely for the public to see has made for a great partnership,"

Demonstrations led by UK experts include pasture establishment, weed control in pastures, grazing strategies, and new strategies for parasite control. There will also be a number of informational booths.

Darling 888 Ranch is a full-service reining facility offering training, breeding, sales, and equine sports medicine. Built in 2007, its industry-leading trainers and staff relocated to Western Kentucky to help build a world-class reining operation. Two National Reining Horse Association past presidents help guide the ranch's operation and acquire the highest caliber horses for the ranch and its clients.

Contact the Caldwell County Extension Office at 270-365-2787 to reserve a spot at the Equine Farm and Facilities Expo. For more information about this and other UK Ag Equine Programs events, visit or e-mail

Holly Wiemers, MA, is the communications director for UK Ag Equine Programs.

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