COLLEGE STATION– Horseowners from across the state will gather in Waco next month for the Blackland Income Growth Horseowners Shortcourse. The shortcourse will be held Jan. 14, 1997 at the Heart of Texas Coliseum in Waco.
Extension horse specialist Dr. Doug Householder said that horse enthusiasts from all areas of the industry will be able to come together and learn some valuable information at the shortcourse.
Dr. Pete Gibbs, Extension horse specialist, will explain the significance of the horse industry in Texas.
“One of our greatest strenghts is our greatest weakness in that we have over 1,000 horse organizations in Texas, but we never slow down long enough to measure the economic significance of the industry,” Householder said.
Also, Dr. Don Dorsett, Extension forage specialist, will discuss how the recent drought has affected the hay supply in Texas and what horse owners can do to combat hay shortage problems.
“We’re not sure about the drought situation, we’d like to think that we’re at the end of it, but when you talk to some meteorologists and climatologists they say that we may only be about halfway through the drought,” Householder said.
Horse racing, horse theft prevention, and shoeing techniques also will be discussed at the shortcourse.
Jack Brainard, professional horse trainer from Aubrey, will conduct a performance training clinic immediately following the shortcourse.
The cost of the shortcourse is $5, and for those participants who wish to attend the shortcourse and the training clinic the cost is $8. There is also a registration fee of $5.