LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 20, 2015) - University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its annual Equine Farm and Facilities Expo from 3:30 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 2at McPeek Racing’s Magdalena Farm in Lexington.

Horse owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to walk through a vendor trade show and see a range of equipment and supplies for horse farms of all sizes. UK specialists will provide hands-on instruction about practical aspects of management for equine operations. There will also be farm tours.

“The expo provides horse owners the chance to attend an informative event on the grounds of a working horse farm. We appreciate Kenny McPeek for hosting this event and for opening the farm’s gates to the public,” said Ray Smith, professor and forage extension specialist for the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Nick Carter, Fayette County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, said the expo is a unique opportunity for horse owners to learn about a wide range of topics, from pasture weed management to footing for exercise areas.

“There are not many other venues around that allow horse owners this kind of opportunity,” he said.

UK experts will lead demonstrations on subjects including footing, pasture weed management and landscape decisions on horse farms. In addition, McPeek will share with attendees what he looks for in a yearling. There will also be a number of informational booths staffed by UK specialists.

McPeek Racing specializes in selection, management and training of Thoroughbred racehorses. McPeek serves on the board of UK Ag Equine Programs and has been training racehorses since 1985. The farm is located at 2651 Russell Cave Road in Lexington.

Admission to the expo is free, and a meal will be provided. Reservations are appreciated. Contact the Fayette County Extension office at 859-257-5582 to reserve a spot. For more information about this and other UK Ag Equine Programs events, visit http://www.ca.uky.edu/equine or email equine@uky.edu.


Author: Holly Wiemers
Contact: Ray Smith, 859-257-3358; Nick Carter, 859-257-5582