RSVP today for the NEW ASHA Youth Educational College Night at 2019 WCHS!
Published Date: Aug 02, 2019
Don't miss College Night at this year's Kentucky State Fair - World's Championships Horse Show!Join the American Saddlebred Horse Association for an evening of presentations from top equine industry professionals from UK Gluck Equine Research Center, McCauley Brothers, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, CornerStone Farm and Kismet Farm, enjoy pizza and networking opportunities, behind the scenes barn tour, and tickets to watch the evening session of the World’s Championship Horse Show!
Find full itinerary and details available below! Please RSVP by August 5 to Alexandra Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org
A special thank you to our platinum and gold level sponsors Mary Gaylord McLean, The Rudder Family, US Equestrian, & Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co.
Meet our Guest Speakers:
Dr. Tom Riddle- Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
Dr. Tom Riddle was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University with his undergraduate degree in 1974 and received his DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After graduating, he traveled to Lexington, Kentucky for his internship at Spendthrift Farm with Dr. Don Witherspoon. In 1982, Riddle joined Bill Rood in his ambulatory practice in Lexington and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital was formed in 1985.
Riddle has served as president of the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners, the Society for Theriogenology and the Theriogenology Foundation. Riddle was the first person to recognize and report the 2001 abortion outbreak which became known as Mare Reproduction Loss Syndrome. Clinically, he has special interests in uterine culture and cytology, early twin management, fetal sexing, and diagnostic ultrasound of the mare’s reproductive tract.
Riddle currently has a busy breeding farm practice in Central Kentucky and serves as the Director of Public Relations at Rood & Riddle.
Dr. Martin Nielsen- UK Gluck Equine Research Center
Martin Nielsen, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVM is trained in equine parasitology in a clinical department at the veterinary school of Copenhagan, and also at the University of Georgia, Athens. He received his DVM from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, and his PhD from the University of Copenhagan in equine parasitology. Dr. Nielsen joined the Gluck Equine Research Center in 2011, where he is associate professor and the Schlaikjer Professor of Equine Infectious Disease.
Dr. Nielsen leads a world-renowned research program in equine parasitology at the University of Kentucky and his team’s mission is to provide solutions for equine parasite control.
Amy Parker- McCauley Bros.
Amy Parker is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Master of Science degree in Equine Nutrition from the University of Kentucky. During her tenure at UK, Parker worked as a graduate student teacher in the Department of Animal Sciences, assisted with 4-H horse shows and horse contests, and co-authored the Horse Industry Handbook’s Youth Leader’s Manual for the American Horse Youth Council, which is still being used today throughout the United States. Additionally, she authored or co-authored several scientific journal and meeting proceedings articles. Following graduation in 1997, Parker served as a post-graduate intern with the State 4-H Horse program.
In 1998, Parker began employment with McCauley Bros., a world-renowned equine feed manufacturer in Versailles, Kentucky, as an equine nutritionist and technical service specialist. Parker is known throughout central Kentucky as an established technical resource for owners, trainers, youth, equine organizations, retail stores and team members. She also performs ongoing customer/market research for planning and forecasting and manages ongoing nutritional research, which includes weighing over 1,200 horses each month on over 30 esteemed horse farms. Parker also taught equine studies courses at Lexington Community College from 2002 to 2004. If Parker is not consulting or weighing on a horse farm, you will find her assisting with new product developments, creating marketing designs and product promotions, writing technical newsletters or articles, working trade shows, giving seminars, or spending hours on the phone providing consultative nutrition support to horse owners and retail dealers across the United States. Parker is also a horse owner and enjoys trail riding and spending time with her family.
Fred Sarver- Cornerstone Farm
Fred Sarver graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor of science in animal science. He is the owner of Cornerstone Farm, a Saddlebred Farm in Carlisle, Kentucky and a proprietor of Sarver Equine LLC, a breeding operation also in Carlisle, Kentucky. Over the years, Sarver has developed horseback riding lesson programs and collegiate horsemanship courses, started a stallion syndicate management, and operated a public horse training stable. Sarver has worked for numerous training and breeding facilities, including Leatherwood Farm, Jones Mountainview Saddlebreds, Callaway Hills Stables, and Leatherwood Stud. He is currently the Director of the USA Equestrian Trust, Director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project, and a member of the University of Kentucky Equine Advisory Committee and Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club.
Alex Gravett- Kismet Farm
Originally, from St. Paul, Minnesota, Alex Gravett began her show career with Morgans in the early 1990s at the age of 5. While under the direction of Lyle and Colleen Wick, Gravett earned multiple local and reginal titles in western, hunt seat and the saddleseat divisions as well as 2 Grand National titles at the Morgan Grand National, one in hunter pleasure and one in hunt seat equitation, and one World Championship title in the 14-17 English Pleasure division. It was during her time with the Wicks that she had her first encounters with the Saddlebred and met Gayle Lampe, which lead her to William Woods University following high school.
During her time at William Woods, she had summer internships with Gerry Rushton & Stacy Hennessy in Southern California and with Nelson Green at his Nicholasville, KY farm. It was during her time with Green that she fell in love with Kentucky. She moved to Kentucky following graduation from William Woods in 2007 to take a permeant job as assistant trainer with Green.
The early spring of 2009, Alex made a change and moved to Simpsonville taking a job as assistant trainer for Bill & Kris Knight at their Pleasantview Farm. After almost six years with the Knights, Alex was encouraged to begin taking on her own clients and training horses. In the fall of 2014, Kismet Farm was established.
Now in its fifth show season, Kismet is a full-service Saddlebred and Morgan training, showing and lesson operation in Simpsonville. Gravett serves as national co-chair for the UPHA Young Professionals Committee as well as the chapter co-chair UPHA Young Professional Representative for Chapter 9. Kismet also has a unique working student program for their own riding students to enroll in beginning at age 10 to further their horsemanship and leadership skills.