2011 KHC Conference Features Equine Business, Farriery Seminars

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) Annual Conference will be held Jan. 14 at the Lexington Convention Center in conjunction with the Ag Industry Trade Show, Kentucky Cattlemen's Convention, and Burley Tobacco Coop Conference.

"With more than 100 vendors in the Ag Industry Trade Show, live presentations by clinician Curt Pate, and special presentations by Elisabeth McMillan of Equestrian Professional, this conference presents an unbelievable opportunity for Kentucky horse owners and professionals alike," explained Anna Zinkhon, KHC board president.

The conference officially begins at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 14, with an Ag Industry pancake breakfast featuring an address from Governor Steve Beshear on the state of Kentucky agriculture, and two tracts of equine educational breakout sessions will begin following the breakfast: Equine Business and Horse Owner Topics.

Elisabeth McMillan of Equestrian Professional will present back to back business sessions on improving equine business by identifying marketing strategies that work for the horse business and using social media as an effective marketing tool. McMillan is the Editor-In-Chief of Equestrian Professional.com, a website that provides support to horse business owners and professional equestrian athletes.

Longtime insurance agent, Tim Folck of Marnitz and Associates, will provide insight into the unique insurance needs of equine operations. Folck is actively involved with the organization of Quarter Horse Congress and he is diligently in pursuit of additional events to utilize the improved facilities offered by the Kentucky Horse Park.

The horse owner tract includes a presentation on small acreage management, identifying and working with a qualified farrier, and a special panel on the making of Secretariat the movie. Presenters for the horse owner sessions include Ray Smith,PhD, from the University of Kentucky's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Danvers Child, CJF, of the American Farriers Association.

The special panel presentation on the making of Secretariat includes Keeneland Racecourse's Judy Taylor, Jana McGuire of Spindletop Hall, and Leonard Lusky of Secretariat.com. The trio was involved heavily with the production company during Kentucky filming. They will share insights and their experiences from this memorable bluegrass event.

The afternoon offers a two and a half hour session with six topics of discussion on forage management presented by faculty from the University of Kentucky.

Horse trainer Curt Pate will present a live horsemanship clinic on Jan. 14, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. For more than a decade Pate has conducted demonstrations and clinics on stockmanship, colt starting, horsemanship, and safety. His abilities conducting both horsemanship and stockmanship demonstrations along with his ability as an effective communicator make him one of the most sought after clinicians on both the national and international scene.

The evening finishes with a cash bar, KHC Awards Banquet, and Kentucky Equine Networking Association dinner. During the dinner, McMillan will present briefly on the findings or Equestrian Professionals "Rethinking The Horse Business", followed by a keynote presentation from Ed Squires, MS, PhD, Hon. Dipl. ACT, of the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center on "What Makes a Mare Sexy?".

Cost for the full conference, including Awards Banquet, is $46. Individuals wishing to attend the trade show and educational sessions only pay $20. Awards Banquet attendance only is $26. For more information about the KHC Annual Conference or to register visit www.kentuckyhorse.org.

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