June 11, 2017 — Lexington, KY – The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs once again hosted a very successful Equine Farm and Facilities Expo, welcoming over 225 guests to New Vocations at Mereworth Farm to learn more about the practical aspects equine operations management.
Horse owners, farm managers and equine enthusiasts enjoyed a delicious meal provided by the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association and perused a vendor area filled with equine feeds, farm equipment and supplies, as well as educational booths staffed by Extension specialists. After a brief welcome, guests were able to rotate through different educational stations to learn more about barn design, farm site planning, nutrient intake regulation and pasture management.
“This year’s event was one of most successful ever, with participants ranging from Thoroughbred horse owners and managers to small farm operators with pleasure horses,” said Dr. Ray Smith, extension professor with UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We were especially glad to promote the wonderful program run by New Vocations and to interact with many people who do not normally make use of the services of UK Cooperative Extension. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Agent if you would like advice on managing your equine operation.
“It was wonderful to welcome guests who may be unfamiliar with our program to the farm,” said Sarah Coleman, Director of Education and Development for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. “The UK Ag Equine Programs staff has been instrumental in helping us determine the layout and design for New Vocations at Mereworth Farm, so it was very special to be able to show the public a facility on which they have had a direct impact.”
Now in its ninth year, the UK Equine Farm and Facilities Expo is a free, annual event hosted by UK Ag Equine Programs designed to help educate those who work with horses about the hands-on, functional aspects of farm management.
About New Vocations
Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of over 6,300 individuals, with over 450 retirees entering the program each year. With six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options. www.newvocations.org