Clinton G. Depew, Merrill, Thomas A. | 1/24/2007 4:41:51 AM
News Release Distributed 01/23/07
The Louisiana Equine Council is planning its first Equine Expo for March 9-11 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
The event will include lectures, riding and training demonstrations, several competitions, a trade show, a parade of breeds and many other activities, according to LSU AgCenter specialist Dr. Clint Depew.
"This is going to be one of the most comprehensive educational programs that have been conducted in the state for those who are interested in horses," Depew said, adding, "I think people from around the state can benefit from participating, and we’re excited to be involved with this event."
The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation helped to form the Louisiana Equine Council as a result of a Horse Forum conducted by the groups several years ago, Depew said. The council is intended to serve individual horse owners and enthusiasts and the state’s equine industry.
Experts from the LSU AgCenter and other educational institutions will be involved in a variety of the activities during this Expo in Gonzales.
The lecture series will be conducted on March 10 and March 11 and will be taught by experts from LSU AgCenter, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, other educational institutions and representatives of the horse industry. The variety of lectures, which will be offered in time slots running from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day, will cover such topics as nutrition, health, lameness, foot care, bits, saddle selection and embryo transfer.
Demonstrations on both weekend days (March 10-11) will include hunter and jumper, dressage, trail horse development and colt breaking, Depew said, adding that the feature demonstration will be on ranch horse development and will be given by world-renowned trainer and clinician Joe Wolters, formerly of the 6666 Ranch.
On top of the lectures and demonstrations, a tradeshow with all types of equine equipment and products will be available for those who attend.
A barrel racing competition also will be held the night of March 9, and a ranch horse show will be conducted on the afternoon of March 11. In addition, there will be a parade of breeds, stallion exhibitions and other unique and interesting horse displays, Depew said.
For more information and a complete schedule, go to the Louisiana Equine Council Web site at www.laequinecouncil.com. You also may contact Depew at (225) 578-2219 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruby Halter, expo coordinator for the Louisiana Equine Council, at (337) 234-8652.