LEXINGTON, KY (October 15, 2004) Emanating from a mutual commitment to improve the lives of horses, the Kentucky Horse Park and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) are set to embark upon a new partnership called Healthy Horses.
Healthy Horses is a series of seminars primarily geared toward those who own or have stewardship over horses. Farm managers, backyard breeders, grooms, trainers, and those who currently own or anticipate owning horses will glean practical, cutting-edge information from the seminars which will be led by AAEP member veterinarians at the Kentucky Horse Park on topics essential to responsible horse care.
John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, commented, “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. The more people know, the better they can care for these beautiful, complex creatures under their guardianship.” He continued, “Healthy Horses complements and broadens the already-successful, existing owner-education programs currently hosted by the park and the AAEP independently. We anticipate that the inauguration of Healthy Horses will be just the beginning of a very significant series of joint education seminars over the next few years.
“The Kentucky Horse Park is actively engaged in promoting equine welfare, most recently and notably with the opening of the Secretariat Center located at the park, which seeks homes and second careers for at-risk Thoroughbreds. The Healthy Horses program is an unfeigned extension of Kentucky’s vital obligation to assist the horses which contribute so much to our lives and our Commonwealth” said Nicholson.
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.
“We are very excited to be a part of the Healthy Horses program. AAEP has been heavily vested in education for the horse owner for several years now and the Kentucky Horse Park provides both an ideal setting and a natural partnership for this venture” said David Foley, Executive Director of the AAEP.
For information on the first Healthy Horses seminars at the Kentucky Horse Park in May, contact Dana Kirkland, Owner Education Coordinator for the AAEP at 859-233-0147 or visit their websites at www.aaep.org and www.myhorsematters.com. Registration forms and detailed information will be available next Spring. Watch for upcoming releases.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. 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.