Lexington, VA - It's the season of giving, and this year the Virginia Horse Center Foundation (VHCF) wants to give something back to the equestrian community. On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Horse Center will present its inaugural FREE VHCF Equine Education Day.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the East Complex building, the VCHF will present seven different clinics and seminars, allowing attendees to rotate through and attend all seven sessions. Registration for the day begins at 8:30 a.m., and complimentary donuts and hot chocolate will be served at that time.
The impressive line-up of clinicians and topics for the VHCF Equine Education Day will include:
Horse Show Judging Clinic with Betty Oare: While other seminars will be held repeatedly throughout the day, this clinic will be held once beginning at 1 p.m.
A lifelong equestrian, Oare rode professionally for her father, J. Arthur Reynolds, in Tryon, NC until 1981 when she took her amateur status. She has been named champion at many of the nation's top hunter shows, and today, at the age of 70, she still campaigns two hunters, Capone and Fine Kiss, in the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions across the country. When Oare is not competing or foxhunting with the Warrenton Hunt, she is an active U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) 'R' judge. She also sits on the USEF National Hunter Committee, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association's (USHJA) Hunter Breeding Committee, the USHJA Open Hunter Task Force and the USHJA Amateur Committee
Equine Parasite Control with Dr. Tabby Moore: Dr. Tabby Moore of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic will explain the best practices in equine parasite control and the research behind them. Horse owners can bring their manure samples in a small plastic bag to learn how to evaluate them for parasites.
'So You Want to Work With Horses' with Melyni Worth: Worth comes to the seminar with a PhD in Equine Nutrition and as a board certified Equine Nutritionist. She currently serves as the Director of Equine Programs at both Wesleyan College and Averett College. A longtime owner, breeder, rider and competitor, Worth is also the owner of Foxden Equine and Cedar Creek Stables, and she will be discussing the numerous careers available within the equestrian industry.
Equine Nutrition at Its Best with Southern States Specialist, Ruth Hopke: Hopke will discuss what is new in the horse feed industry as well as basic nutrition fundamentals for horse owners.
Toxic Plants and Their Effects with Diane Hinch: Hinch is heavily involved in the Augusta County 4-H program, the Glenmore Hunt Pony Club and the National U.S. Pony Club (USPC) organization. She will be speaking on toxic plants and properly identifying the toxic plants found in Virginia that could be deadly to horses.
Horse Safety with Tamala Nichols: Nichols is a judge, a USEF dressage technical delegate and an FEI Level 1 dressage steward, as well as a 4-H leader in Roanoke County and the chairman of the Green Hill Park Equestrian Center. Nichols will be discussing the importance of horse safety.
Proper Horseshoeing: Guest speaker to be announced.
For questions regarding the VCHF Equine Education Day, please contact Grace Mullen by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.