UK is co-hosting the event in conjunction with the 2010 National Youth Horse Leaders Symposium. The three-day conference includes tradeshow exhibits, a silent auction, and two tours highlighting Keeneland Race Course, stud farms and a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic. Lectures and interactive sessions highlight diverse topics including Practical Safety for Youth with Horses, Horse and Rider Fitness, and Equine Land Conservation, to name a few.
Keynote speaker Julie Goodnight will share her knowledge of more than 25 years as a horse trainer and equine educator. In addition to hosting the award winning television program, Horse Master, Goodnight often is featured in equine publications for her training and teaching techniques. Other special activities include a teen dance and Youth Leaders Celebration Awards Banquet.
The new Kentucky Horse Park Indoor Arena provides a world class venue for The Equine Youth Festival which runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 19. The festival features hands-on activities, presentations, educational booths and live demonstrations from each of the eight events of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games: combined driving, dressage, endurance, eventing, jumping, para dressage, reining and vaulting.
The Youth Festival is open to school groups, youth groups and individuals. Register early by contacting Kristen Harvey, 859-257-7501, email@example.com. School groups should contact Pat Trotter with the Kentucky Department of Education, 502-564-2116, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Youth Horse Leaders Symposium begins Friday, March 19 and ends Sunday, March 21. For registration information visit the American Youth Horse Council website at http://www.ayhc.com. To learn more about equine events, organizations and programs for youth, contact the Logan County Cooperative Extension Service.
By Dr. Fernanda Camargo, Equine Youth Specialist