UK Ag Equine Programs to Host 9th Annual Equine Showcase

The showcase will highlight research on foals. Photo by Matt Barton, UK agricultural communications.

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 9th annual UK Equine Showcase Jan. 24-25 at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way in Lexington.

The event will highlight the university’s equine programs and relevant industry findings with an emphasis on the foal, from birth to weaning. The event will span two days: Friday, Jan. 24 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. with a networking happy hour following Friday’s event and Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with lunch provided.

Topics for the showcase include epidemiology and diagnostics, infectious disease, immunology and parasitology, nutrition, musculoskeletal issues, genetics and economics.

"This is a unique and special outreach event. The purpose is to 'showcase' some of what is happening at the University of Kentucky in terms of scientific discovery and service efforts relevant to young foals,” said James MacLeod, director of UK Ag Equine Programs and the John S. and Elizabeth A. Knight Chair within the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. “Attendees will hopefully gain new information they can apply to their programs, but importantly also a greater appreciation for some of the critical questions being addressed at UK, why these issues are important and where the cutting edge of research is on a number of very interesting topics."

The UK Equine Showcase is open to veterinarians, owners and managers of all horse breeds or anyone with an interest in learning more about foals and horse management. The cost to attend is $80 until the early-bird registration deadline of Jan. 13. After that date, the cost will be $100. Those prices are discounted to $70 for early bird or $90 for regular registration if two of more people from the same organization register. There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available for students who are interested in attending. Register at Contact with questions about the event or to register as a student.

Continuing education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians is pending approval by the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners.

UK is also accepting sponsor participation for the showcase. Display opportunities are available to participating organizations. Email for details.

Writer: Holly Wiemers, 859-257-2226

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Contact:  Holly Wiemers, 859-257-2226


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