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University of Florida and Lake County Extension Office offer Equine Workshop during the month of June

RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2006

TAVARES — The University of Florida (UF) at the Lake County Extension Office, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares, is sponsoring a five-week Lake County Equine Workshop from June 1-29.

The class meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on every Thursday, except June 22 when the workshop takes a field trip to the UF Horse Teaching Unit in Gainesville on the previous Saturday. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 26. The class is limited to 40 participants and costs $40 for adults and $20 for youth.

Topics for each class of the Lake County Equine Workshop include:

  • June 1 — Nutrition, feed analysis and hay
  • June 8 — Parasite control and disaster planning
  • June 15 — Equine dentistry and pasture management
  • June 17 — Equine legalities, training and bad habits (field trip to UF)
  • June 29 — Brood mares and foaling; end-of-class dinner

Each class consists of expert speakers from the equine community. Speakers scheduled for this workshop includes:

  • Dr. Laurie Warren, Associate-Professor, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (IFAS), Animal Sciences
  • Dr. Scott Kennedy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for County Oaks Veterinary Clinic 
  • Marsha Scholeesser from the Altoona Trail Riders Association
  • Dr. Ed Johnson, Associate Professor, UF/IFAS, Animal Sciences
  • Mark Shuffitt, Marion County Extension Agent with a bachelor’s degree in equine, UF/IFAS, Animal Sciences
  • Joel McQuagge, Assistant, UF/IFAS, Animal Services
  • Martha Thomas, Lake County Extension Agent, Livestock/Natural Resources

For more information about this Lake County Equine Workshop or to register, call Martha Thomas at (352) 343-4101. Due to construction at the Lake County Extension Office, a site for this workshop is to be determined at a later date.


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