Inaugural Kentucky Equine Summit Set for 2008

The inaugural Kentucky International Equine Summit, designed to bring together an international audience to discuss opportunities and challenges faced by the global equine industry, will be held April 28-29, 2008, at the Radisson Hotel in Lexington.

The summit is being sponsored by the Equine Industry Program in the University of Louisville’s College of Business, along with the Equine Initiative at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture.

The summit will focus on three topics: the well-being of the competitive horse, the emerging science of horse breeding, and the equine economy in the 21st century, according to a release.

“On behalf of the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, we are pleased to announce this new event, which will provide a forum to discuss industry trends and economics along with the latest technology and scientific information pertinent to the horse industry, irrespective of breed, discipline, or particular equine activity,” Rich Wilcke, summit organizer and director of the U of L Equine Industry Program, said in a statement.

“As an industry, we have many challenges to address if we are to sustain growth in horse interest and build upon our limitless potential. We look forward to hearing from a variety of expert speakers and panelists on a broad array of subjects that are meaningful to the future of this industry, and, in the process, to providing an opportunity for dialogue among industry participants.”

During the summit, participants will discuss breakthroughs in veterinary science, development of synthetic surfaces, mapping of the equine genome, and creating business opportunities during a period of growth in number of horses and horse industry participants.

More information, including how to register, is located at

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