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Press Release Date:  May 3, 2005

Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,



          LEXINGTON, Ky. - (May 3, 2005) “With much of the nation’s attention on the Kentucky Oaks and Derby this week, we believe it’s an ideal time to focus our attention on doing everything we possibly can to make life better for horses,” said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. 

          The Kentucky Horse Park and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) are proud to present Healthy Horses, a brand-new educational series of seminars designed for horse owners and caretakers.  The first will take place on May 14 at the park. 

          David Foley, Executive Director of the AAEP stated, “The AAEP and the Kentucky Horse Park are actively engaged in promoting equine welfare. The Healthy Horses program is an extension of Kentucky’s vital obligation to assist the horses which contribute so much to our lives and our Commonwealth.” Nicholson continued, “Our partnership with the AAEP in these Healthy Horses seminars is just one of the many ways we’re attempting to assist horse owners in keeping these great animals healthy.”  

          Healthy Horses will feature a series of seminars full of practical, cutting-edge information led by AAEP-member veterinarians.  The day will include hands-on demonstrations and classroom lecture format on topics including nutrition, bandaging, acupuncture, joint therapies, colic, reproduction and much more.

          In addition, several special Kentucky Horse Park presentations will take place throughout the day, including the Parade of Breeds and the Hall of Champions.  An equine trade show will also be offered during the event. 

          Nicholson observed, “Horses and horse lovers come to the Kentucky Horse Park from around the world, which places us in the unique position of having the ability to make a difference in the lives of untold numbers of horses.  We are proud to partner with the AAEP and some of the top equine veterinarians across the country in endeavoring to make the Kentucky Horse Park the equine education capital of the world.”  

          Foley continued, “We are very excited to be a part of the Healthy Horses program.  The AAEP has been heavily vested in education for horse owners for several years now and the Kentucky Horse Park provides both an ideal setting and a natural partnership for this venture.”

          The AAEP, which is headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park’s National Horse Center, is the world's largest professional association of equine veterinarians. The AAEP's mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry.

          The seminar is expected to fill quickly, so interested participants are encouraged to register soon. Pre-registration fee is only $40.  For information on Healthy Horses, contact Amity Brannock at 859-259-4225 ext 225 or


          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the park hosted more than 900,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2004.  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.



Last updated: Tuesday, May 03, 2005