UK to Host 2018 Equine Showcase, Breeders' Short Course

Both programs are open to veterinarians, owners, and managers of all horse breeds or anyone with an interest in learning more about equine reproduction and horse management.

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University of Kentucky (UK) Ag Equine Programs will host the 7th Annual UK Equine Showcase and the 9th Annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course Feb. 2-3, 2018, both at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, in Lexington.

The UK Equine Showcase will highlight the university’s equine programs and relevant industry findings with an emphasis on safety and horse welfare. It will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb 2. The Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course, an in-depth program on horse management issues with a focus on reproductive issues, will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, with lunch provided.

“University of Kentucky, as a Land Grant Institution, has from its founding been tasked with engagement with the citizens of the Commonwealth and support of Kentucky Agriculture,” said Mick Peterson, PhD, director of UK Ag Equine Programs. “The equine industry plays a unique role in the Kentucky economy and we are proud to join with our partners within the industry by presenting current research. Our Friday Showcase event will focus on safety and horse welfare.”

David Horohov, PhD, chair of the UK Department of Veterinary Science and director of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, added, “This year’s UK Breeder’s Short Course on Saturday will have a focus on equine reproduction with presentations from UK faculty, local veterinarians, and other experts in the field. The topics will range from nutritional considerations for the broodmare through assessment of stallion semen and recent advancements in diagnosis and management of reproductive diseases. This program continues our commitment to provide the local industry with the latest information on advances in equine theriogenology.”

Both programs are open to veterinarians, owners, and managers of all horse breeds or anyone with an interest in learning more about equine reproduction and horse management. Continuing education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians is pending approval by the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners.

Additionally, UK is accepting sponsor participation for the event. Display opportunities are available to participating organizations. Please e-mail equine@uky.edu for details.

To register for the event, visit 2018ukshowcaseshortcourse.eventbrite.com. The Equine Showcase’s registration rates are $50 per person or $40 each when two or more people from the same organization register at the same time. Early registration rates for the Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course are $75 per person or $65 each when two or more people register at the same time. Attendees can enroll in both the showcase and the short course for $100 per person or $90 each when two or more people from the same organization register. Registration will close Jan. 26, 2018.

College students are eligible for a reduced rate to the showcase and short course, but student space is limited and on a first-requested, first-served basis. Students or UK faculty interested in attending either or both days should e-mail jenny.evans@uky.edu.

For more details about this event and other information about UK Ag Equine Programs, visit ca.uky.edu/equine.

Holly Wiemers, MA, APR, is communications and managing director for UK Ag Equine Programs.


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