Conference on Climate Change and Horses Scheduled

On April 25, the King Conservation District (KCD) and Horses for Clean Water will host a conference titled "Climate Change and Horse Keeping: Managing the Uncertainty." The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Emerald Downs Race Track near Auburn, Wash, and will be streamed lived online.

"Extreme weather events and melting glaciers are not the only impacts of climate change," a statement on the KCD website read. "Everyday life is being affected, even here in the Pacific Northwest. Horse and livestock owners are already facing challenges from diseases and pests appearing more frequently and becoming more resistant. Experts will converge to discuss potential impacts of climate change on the Pacific Northwest environment and agricultural community, and how to these impacts can be managed for land and horses."

The event's featured speakers will include Gary Muscatello, BVSc, PhD, of the University of Sydney, in Australia; Nick Bond, PhD, a climatologist at the University of Washington; and Chad Kruger, director of the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources.

Lecture topics will include:

  • Equine infectious diseases and climate change;
  • Pasture management; and
  • Water conservation, among others.

Following the conclusion of lectures, attendees will receive a guided tour of the Emerald Downs paddock, and a tram tour of Emerald Downs Veterinary Clinic.

The conference registration fee is either $20 per person for general public or $35 per person for agency representatives; the registration fee includes a catered buffet lunch. The event is free to live stream. Those interested in live streaming the event must register to receive instructions on how to view the online stream.

For more information and to register, visit

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