The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club will hold its Nov. 5th meeting at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike to discuss caterpillar control and the research to back up the importance of reducing your caterpillar population. The KTFMC requests that interested parties make reservations prior to night of the meeting. The night's event will be moderated by Dr. Jimmy Henning with the Department of Agronomy at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Henning will also give a summary of his monitoring programs for the 2002 MRLS season. The evening's panel will consist of Dr. Lee Townsend, Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky, to discuss control strategies for 2003. Also Dr. Stuart Brown will touch on his field results seen by farms following the contingency plans and the studies that followed fetal growth and development in MRLS exposed mares. Dr. Bill Bernard, President of the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners, will provide an on the past study results from research projects dealing with ETC exposure. Steve Johnson, President of Margaux Farm in Midway will discuss his field experience with caterpillar control and some management practices that were implemented in 2002 to reduce losses to MRLS. ...Sam Houston Race Park will host Texas Champions Day on Nov. 16 and in conjunction with Texas' day at the races, the track will also host the Texas Champions Day Equine Expo . The expo will held in the Pavilion Centre at Sam Houston on Nov. 15 with a VIP preview and reception from 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. A diverse array of booth exhibitors will display equine merchandise, services and products geared to not only racing, but also all equine-related interests. In addition to the Equine Expo, Sam Houston will offer several other events surrounding Texas Champions Days, including a VIP Horseman's Lunch and an Owners Seminar.

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