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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact Person: Donna Foulk
Company Name: Penn State Extension - Equine Team
Phone Number: (610) 746-1970
FAX Number: (610) 746-1973
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever felt that your horse was just not acting right and wondered if Lyme disease could be the cause? Are you aware that there are other tick borne diseases affecting horses, especially those in eastern PA? Are you confused about all the talk on insulin resistance and metabolic disease in horses? If so plan to attend one or both of the programs described below.
The Penn State Extension Equine Team is pleased to announce that registration is open for new a new Horse Health Care Series that will be held in eastern PA. By attending one or both programs being offered our expectation is that you will gain a better understanding of Tick Borne Diseases and Equine Metabolic Disease. The programs are being held at Caitlyn & Cody’s Restaurant, 1907 John Fries Highway; Quakertown, Pennsylvanian which is located Right off the Quakertown Exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The registration fee is $25 per person for each program or $40 for both programs. Registration will close 1 week prior to the program date.
Wednesday March 1, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Tick Borne Disease - It’s not just about Lyme Disease anymore. Dr. Neil Mittelman, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center
Tick Biology & Control. Louise Bugbee – Penn State Extension
Horses are frequently bitten by ticks and infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Many different clinical signs have been attributed to Lyme disease, but how often do those symptoms actually result from tick-borne diseases? This presentation will summarize current knowledge regarding Lyme disease in horses including Neuroborreliosis, the neurological form of Lyme disease. Diagnostic testing and treatment will be discussed as well as a brief discussion of other tick-borne illnesses and other diseases including Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) that may need to be ruled out before an accurate diagnosis of Lyme disease is made.
Wednesday April 12, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Equine Metabolic Disease and the Effect of Grazing on Your Horse. Dr. Carey Williams – Rutgers University
Has your horse been diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) or maybe just sensitive to changes in diet or sugars in the diet? Ever wondered how consuming pasture will affect your horse's metabolism and whether it is safe for your horse? If so then this talk is for you. We will cover topics dealing with EMS and how changes in growth of pastures could affect your horse.
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Equine Stewardship Educator
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2017 Meeting Dates
Saturday, May 13 11:00
Farm Show Administrative Office Conference Room
Tuesday, August 15 5:30
Ag Progress Days, Blue Building next to arena at top of hill
Friday and Saturday, November 3-4
ANNUAL MEETING AND ISSUES FORUM
Super 8 Motel, Atherton Avenue, State College
Details to follow
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EQUINE DISEASE COMMUNICATION CENTER
PEC ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT PROGRAM
PEC is proud to announce that the organization is now making grant money available for groups interested in offering educational programs that benefit the horse and the horse industry. Grants can be used to support projects in the following program area
a. Equine health and well-being
b. Environmental stewardship
c. Public awareness and understanding of horses and the industry
More information and an application can be downloaded by clicking here.
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THINKING OF STARTING A COUNTY CHAPTER?
HERE ARE SOME TIPS !
HOW CRAWFORD COUNTY HAS MAINTAINED A SUCCESSFUL AND ACTIVE COUNTY CHAPTER
First, you have to have a strong and dedicated core group who believe in what the PEC stands for.
Your meetings can be anywhere… someone’s house, a fire department, church, restaurant…anywhere there is enough seating.
Set your first meeting with your core group to decide on the best place that can accommodate your needs. We at Crawford County have been having our meetings at Perkins in Meadville in the banquet room. They don’t charge us for use of the room because a lot of us have our evening meal at that time. You may want to have the meeting at a church or a fire dept. Anywhere is fine if it can accommodate your needs in space and availability. If you use a church or fire department, you may want to raise funds to make a donation to your meeting place.
The most important point we can make here is keep it consistent on TIME AND PLACE. Once you decide on a permanent place to have your meeting, keep it the same day of the month (ex: the first Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday etc.) and also the same time. Ours are always the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm. We try to get there at 6 pm to eat and have a little chat time.
We also have guest speakers every month and buy their meal since they have come to donate their time. Our past guest speakers have consisted of equine massage therapists, Equine dentists, veterinarians, people involved in 4H, people who specialize in breed specifics (gaited horses, Quarter Horse, etc.) We had the President of the Paint Horse Association, farriers, reiners, bit and saddle fit experts, equine chiropractors; we had Pam Kline-Eikleberry from Ohio who sold everything she owned and rode her horse from the east coast to the west coast in the 1980’s. Others include horse rescue personnel, people involved with therapy horses, Bud & Gwen Wills from our own Pennsylvania Equine Council were here and became our guest speakers at a meeting when our scheduled speaker had an emergency and couldn’t make it. We had one guest, Kathy Beahon of Allegheny River Ranch, who spoke on training your horse for obstacles, Pam Bradshaw on cutting and sorting cows, manure management, parasite control, the hazards and benefits of owning a stallion. Youth Rodeo is another one, equine photography … there are endless possibilities for choosing people who are more than happy to talk about their particular equine passion. Use your imagination and share with your fellow equine lovers.
We also have fund raisers. Tack Swaps, 50/50 raffles, currently we are having an Equine Calendar sale from a photo contest we sponsored. Again the possibilities are endless.
And the last thing to remember is to use everything at your disposal to get the word out about your meetings and who your speakers are. We use social media (facebook), email, newspapers; you can also use the radio or put up fliers in local businesses; whatever works for you particular situation. Invite everyone who owns a horse and even those who may not be able to own one of their own but share your passion for horses, mules, ponies and donkeys. We do not restrict these meetings to members only. We welcome everyone with the hope that they may decide to join PEC.
ATTENTION ASSOCIATION MEMBERS!
Association Membership Plus for Equine Organizations
- Associations must have:
1. Elected Officers and/or Directors
2. A minimum of 10 members
- Membership fee is $80 annually
- Benefits of Membership Plus include:
1. $1,000,000 Liability insurance for your equine organization
2. All "member only" events are insured
3. Insure additional "public" events for $65/day. One set-up and one tear-down day included.
Click here for "Public Event Days Application".
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