Teaching Teens to Manage Horse Shows

Beyond the show ring, 4-H horse shows are an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills. The opportunity for skill-building doesn’t end when exhibitors exit the arena, however, as youth participants can play an active role in planning and running the horse show.

Godolphin Flying Start Scholarship

The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that 2019 equine science and management and animal sciences graduate Julie Witt has been named one of this year’s 12 recipients of the Godolphin Flying Start scholarship, a prestigious two-year thoroughbred industry management and leadership program. Witt is one of only two participants selected…

Horse Joint Angles and Genetics: What’s the Link?

Researchers recently identified the genetics behind some equine joint angles, which can impair equine performance, health, and welfare.  The researchers identified two conformation angles that link to a specific gene, affecting the size of the angle. One was the natural angle of the head and neck (at the poll), and the other was the natural…

Finland’s Hobby Horse Championships

400 contestants at a sports arena in Finland show jumped, barrel raced and pranced in a dressage competition. They just didn’t do it with live horses. The highlight the event came as Marie Karkkainen of Finland scored the country’s new hobby-horse high jumping record, leaping over a bar set at 1.41 meters (4 feet, 7…