Responsible Horse Ownership in a Tough Economic Climate Rutgers Equine Science Center 2012 Horse Management Seminar

      NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – “Responsible Horse Ownership in a Tough Economic Climate” is the over-arching theme of the upcoming Horse Management Seminar hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2012, will feature presentations by several equine industry experts.

“These past few years have been extremely tough on everyone’s wallet, but horse and equine business owners have been hit especially hard since horses are often considered a luxury,” says Dr. Carey Williams, extension equine specialist and Associate Director of Extension for the Equine Science Center. “Our goal in presenting this workshop is to provide tools and tips to keep our horses happy and healthy, and our equine businesses successful and profitable, without breaking the bank.”

Williams has assembled presenters who are recognized as experts in their field to offer perspectives and personal insight. Topics and speakers will include: business planning for equestrians by Dr. Robin Brumfield of Rutgers University; marketing and promotion of horses and services by Dr. William Day of SUNY Morrisville; reducing feed costs by improving pastures by Dr. Carey Williams of Rutgers University; the cost of keeping a horse by Dr. Carissa Wickens of University of Delaware; economical veterinary care by Dr. Michael Fugaro of Centenary College and Mountain Pointe Veterinary; and an open panel with the presenters will complete the day’s conference and give attendees an opportunity to ask any questions they have regarding their horses and businesses.

In addition to the educational presentations, the seminar will feature informational displays, networking opportunities with industry companies and area organizations, and ample time for one-on-one discussions with the day’s presenters.

For more information, contact Laura Gladney at 848-932-3229,, or Dr. Carey Williams at 848-932-5529,

Guest Speaker Presentations

The Economics of Horse-Keeping
Carissa Wickens

Business Planning for Equestrians
Robin Brumfield

Horse Promotion and Marketability
William Day

Improving Pasture for Reduced Feed Costs
Carey Williams

Economical Veterinary Care
Michael Fugaro

Horse Management Seminar brochure