Spring Pasture Management Focus of May KENA Dinner Meeting

Properly managing pastures and carefully overseeing turnout during the spring months is especially important for horse owners, breeders, and managers. At the May 19 Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner meeting, Ray Smith, PhD, of the University of Kentucky (UK), and Joe Pagan, PhD, of Kentucky Equine Research (KER), will share their expertise in preventing forage-related medical problems in Kentucky horses.

The networking meeting begins at 6 p.m. with registration and a cash bar. A brief practical tips segment on using Facebook to improve business marketing and a special discipline overview of dressage are scheduled during dinner.

The keynote presentation, "Management of Horses on Spring Pasture," with Smith and Pagan begins following dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Smith is an associate professor in UK's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. He works at UK Extension as a Forage Extension Specialist. His research focus is the establishment and maintenance of legumes in pastures, hay production, developing computer teaching models, grazing trials, and forage variety testing.

Pagan formed (KER) in 1988 to be an international research, consulting, and product development firm dealing in the areas of equine nutrition and sports medicine. Pagan received the 2005 American Feed Industry Association award in equine nutrition research. This award recognizes excellence in equine nutrition research and the contributions of an individual to equine feeding management practices and the equine feed industry.

"Dr. Smith and Dr. Pagan are uniquely suited to teach forage management strategies to horse handlers. Connecting experts like them with horse people is a key way that the Kentucky Horse Council, through KENA, supports a strong, vibrant, educated equine community," said Anna Zinkhon, president of the Kentucky Horse Council.

KENA is a program of the Kentucky Horse Council and the UK Equine Initiative. It is an educational and networking dinner series for equine professionals in Kentucky, targeted specifically at those who participate in breeding and reproductive services, instruction, training, boarding, and showing.

The May 19 dinner will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, Ky. Cost to attend is $25 for the general public and $20 for KHC members. For more information about KENA or the Kentucky Horse Council or to register visit kentuckyhorse.org/kena/.

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