OSU Offers Free Horse Seminar In KingfisherTue, 21 Feb 2012 14:56:00 CST
Equine owners and managers looking to enhance rider-animal interaction can register now to attend Oklahoma State University’s March 31 “Making Better Horsemen through Education” seminar in Kingfisher.
The OSU Cooperative Extension seminar will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kingfisher County Fairgrounds, located at 400 S. 13th St. in Kingfisher.
“Our goal is to provide practical demonstrations and educational sessions that help individuals with their horses, be they young or old,” said Lorne Geisler, Blaine County Extension agricultural educator. “Sydney Wyatt, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess 2012, will make a special appearance. We’ll have horse trailers, ‘Western’ art and tack on display.”
Of special note is the participation of Rod Miller, an equine trainer, clinician, instructor and National Reining Horse Association judge who is the founder of the International Performance Horse Development Association.
“Rod Miller will be demonstrating colt basics followed by advanced maneuvers that create a solid foundation for our equine partner,” said Tommy Puffinbarger, Alfalfa County Extension agricultural educator.
The seminar is free and open to anyone with an interest in horses. However, participants are asked to pre-register, if possible, no later than March 28. Contact Geisler at 580-623-5195 or Puffinbarger at 580-596-3131 to pre-register.
“Lunch will be provided to those who pre-register by March 28,” Geisler said. “Pre-registration really aids our planning and helps ensure that everyone has the best experience possible.”
Geisler and Puffinbarger will provide introductory remarks and an overview of Oklahoma’s longstanding relationship with horses.
Steven Cooper, OSU associate professor of equine studies, will lead a session on preparatory work needed to get a colt off on the right hoof in terms of performance.
Dave Freeman, OSU Cooperative Extension equine specialist, will provide the latest science-based updates on horse bits and biting.
Robert Raber, owner-operator of Raber’s Saddlery in Coalgate, will discuss ways to determine the correct saddle fit for a horse.
Michael Jeffcoat, Jefferson County Extension agricultural educator, will provide a rider demonstration of advanced horse skills. Jeffcoat is a 2011 NRHA Futurity Champion Level 2 Non-Pro and Primetime Champion 2011 San Angelo Level 2 and Level 4 Non-Pro Futurity Champion.
The March 31 seminar is sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, a state agency administered by OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
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