New horse owner certification series at the Virginia Horse Festival

Owning a horse can be an extremely rewarding experience, but the responsibility, financial investment, and time commitment required to properly care for a horse can become overwhelming. Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Virginia Horse Industry Board are teaming up to offer an exciting Horse Owner Certification course to address the challenges and rewards of responsible horse ownership. The course is aimed at new or prospective horse owners, however certification is available to experienced horse owners, parents and anyone interested in the care and well-being of horses. The five educational seminars offered include the following topics:

  1. Facilities and land for horse ownership
  2. Feeding and nutrition for horses
  3. Horse healthcare and first aid
  4. Hoof care for horses
  5. Buying the right horse

When can you attend?

The certification series will be held on March 27-28, 2015 at the Virginia Horse Festival in Doswell, Virginia.

How do I get certified?

Certification requires successful completion of at least three of the five sessions held on Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday. Participants will receive a certificate to display their accomplishment in addition to educational and promotional materials from sponsors and vendors.

How do I register?

Pre-registration is recommended by March 20, 2015. Please contact Bridgett McIntosh at 540-687-3521 to register. The course is being offered at no charge thanks to the generous support of the Virginia Horse Industry Board, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and our sponsors.

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