Virginia Forage and Grassland Council

Southern Piedmont Equine Extravaganza “Trail Riding in Virginia”
Virginia Tech’s Southern Piedmont Center, Blackstone, VA Saturday, April 6, 2013
Registration at 8:30 am and meeting starts at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided

“Featuring Outdoor Trail Riding Obstacle Course”
Topics and Speakers

Morning Session includes the following inside presentations: • Trail Riding Opportunities in Virginia-Jennifer Wampler, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Richmond, VA • Forage Species for Horse Pastures-Chris Teutsch, Virginia Tech, Blackstone, VA • Bits and Biting: Getting it Right for Your Horse -Anne Coley, Farrier, Etowah, NC • Ride TREC: Competitive Trail Riding-Kim Harrison, Mosley, VA Afternoon Session includes the following outside demonstrations • Trail Riding Obstacle Course: Navigating Difficult Terrain Safely-Kim Harrison, Mosley, VA and the Buffalo Creek Pony Club, Amelia, VA • Natural Hoof Care: An Alternative Approach to Traditional Shoeing- Anne Coley, Farrier, Etowah, NC • Keeping your Horse Healthy on the Trail-Carmen Franck, DVM, Amelia, VA • Trailer Safety: Keeping your Horse Safe on the Road-Rob Campbell and Greg Hamlett, Virginia State Police About our speakers…
Jennifer Wampler works in Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation where she serves as Virginia’s state trails coordinator. She will visit with conference participants about trail riding opportunities in Virginia. To learn more about

trail riding opportunities in Virginia State Parks and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/.

Chris Teutsch, Associate Professor and Forage Specialist at Virginia Tech’s Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center, will discuss forage species for your horse pastures. Dr. Teutsch is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky where he received degrees in grazing management and forage physiology. He is also the author of the horse pasture management publication series entitled “Virginia Horse Pastures.” To learn more about Dr. Teutsch and Virginia Tech’s Southern Piedmont Research Station visit http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/southernpiedmont/forages/index.html. Anne Coley, is a farrier living in Etowah, NC. She has a B.S. degree in Equestrian Studies from Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA. She worked with the Horse Riding Program at Gwynn Valley Summer Camp in Brevard, NC. Anne has been a 4H Horse Club Co-Leader in NC as well as growing up in the 4-H program in GA. She has more than 20 years experience practicing natural hoof care. Anne will explain the principles and practice of bits and biting and natural hoof care. Kim Harrison lives on her Ruxville Farm located in Mosley, VA. She started riding as a young child and has never looked back. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Animal Science, Kim started to work in the equine industry where she remains today. Kim also raises moorit and merino sheep, shears them to harvest the fleeces, and creates top quality

handwovens in the undyed natural colors of her sheep. In 2012, she was a member of the US TREC team that competed at world championships in Portugal. Kim will be discussing the TREC riding competition, which will include an outdoor trail riding obstacle course. TREC was designed to test the partnership between horse and rider and their ability to cope with riding across a varied terrain and over natural obstacles. It involves the skills and challenges any rider might encounter when out hacking on the trail. To learn more about TREC, please visit http://www.ridetrec.us/. To learn more about Kim and her farm you can visit http://www.ruxvillefarmfiberarts.com/. Carmen Franck, DVM, was born and raised in Montpelier, VA as the daughter of two veterinarians. Growing up in a vet truck, horses were always her true passion. She is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Her veterinary interests include equine penetrative care and podiatry. Outside of her vet truck, Dr. Franck is usually found in the barn! She loves showing her Tennessee Walking horses, trail riding, working cows from horseback, shoeing and just loving on her own horses. Dr. Franck will discuss keeping your horse healthy on the trail and how to deal with emergencies when you are away from home. To learn more about Dr. Franck and her practice visit http://www.clfdvm.com/index.html. Directions Virginia Tech’s Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center 2375 Darvills Road Blackstone, VA 23824 434-292-5331 From Lynchburg, VA. Take 460 East. Take the 609/460 Business exit (second 460 Business option) near Blackstone, turning right on to 609/US 460 Business, go about 1 mile, turn left (first paved road - Military Highway). At stop sign, turn left, go about 1/2 mile, crossing two railroad tracks. We are just past second railroad track on the left. We are across from the Fort Pickett airport. From Petersburg, VA. Take US 460 West, take the 609/460 Business exit near Blackstone, turning left on to 609/US 460 Business, go about 1 mile, turn left (first paved road - Military Highway). At stop sign, turn left, go about 1/2 mile, crossing two railroad tracks. We are just past second railroad track on the left. We are across from the Fort Pickett airport.

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REGISTRATION Adult: $10 and Youth (under 18 years old) $5 Please preregister by contacting Margaret Kenny at makenny@vt.edu or 434-292-5331 BEFORE March 30, 2013

All youth MUST be accompanied by ADULT!!!
For more information about this meeting please visit Kenny at 434-292-5331 or makenny@vt.edu.

www.vaforages.com or contact Margaret

All paid participants over the age of 18 will receive a coupon for a FREE bag of horse feed complements of Southern States Cooperative!!!