Kentucky Horse Council Annual Conference Begins This Week!!

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) Annual Conference will be held January 14, 2011 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 KHC Board President, Anna Zinkhon.

The pre-conference kicks off with the opening of the Ag Industry Trade Show at noon on January 13, 2011 followed by a 3 p.m. clinic in which Curt Pate works through the process of desensitizing horses to cattle.

The conference officially begins at 7:30 a.m. on January 14, 2011 with an Ag Industry pancake breakfast featuring an address from Governor Steve Beshear on the state of Kentucky agriculture.  

Two tracts of equine educational breakout sessions follow 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, 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 Dr. Ray Smith from the University of Kentucky and Danvers Child, CJF of the American Farriers Association.

The special panel presentation on the making of Secretariat includes Keeneland’s Judy Taylor, Jana McGuire of Spindletop Hall, and Leonard Lusky of  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.

Pate will again present a live horsemanship clinic on January 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 (KENA) dinner.  During the dinner, McMillan will present briefly on the findings of Equestrian Professionals “Rethinking The Horse Business”, followed by a keynote presentation from Dr. Ed Squires of the University of Kentucky on “What Makes a Mare Sexy?”.

Students Have Opportunity to Learn About Equine and Agricultural Careers

On January 13-14, 2011 the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) will once again offer Kentucky students the opportunity to learn about careers in the equine and related industries at Your Future in Agriculture & Horses.  The bulk of the event provides the opportunity for students to meet with representatives from programs participating in the Agricultural Trade Show, which is part of the KHC Annual Conference, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Convention, and the Burley Tobacco Growers Coop Conference.

Your Future in Horses and Agriculture provides post-secondary and certificate equine and agricultural programs the opportunity to connect with those interested in pursuing a career in the equine and agricultural fields.  Representatives from a range of educational institutions from across the Commonwealth will be available to interact with interested students.

“Pick a School, Get a Job”, a special equine college panel is slated for 2 p.m. on January 14, 2011.  The panel includes successful graduates from a variety of Kentucky equine programs who will share insight into the unique offerings of their schools and how their undergraduate experience prepared them for work in the equine industry.  

“Developing the next generation of agricultural leaders and equine professionals is an important aspect of the Kentucky Horse Council’s mission,” noted Anna Zinkhon, KHC Board President.

Participating educational programs include: Equine Industry Program University of Louisville, Georgetown College Equine Scholars Program, Kentucky Equine Higher Education Consortium, Kentucky Horse Park, Morehead State University, United States Equestrian Federation, University of Kentucky, and the University of Kentucky Ag Economics.

Cost to attend Your Future in Horses and Agriculture (and the Agricultural Trade Show) is $5 for students and $10 for adults.  For more information about Your Future in Horses or to register visit      

ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, scholarships, personal liability insurance, trail riding advocacy, horse show support, and an annual statewide equine industry directory.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.