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ASHA Convention to Feature Dr. Sue McDonnell

Lexington, Kentucky - The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced that Dr. Sue McDonnell, Founder of the Equine Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center, will headline its convention in Lexington, Kentucky, set to take place Thursday, February 18, through Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa.

McDonnell is the world’s foremost authority on studying and understanding the behavior of horses across all breeds, and has particularly emphasized stallion behavior. She is the acclaimed author of "Understanding Horse Behavior," and has worked with equine breeding behavior for her entire career. One of her renowned accomplishments was recommending changes to the handling of the Thoroughbred War Emblem, standing in Japan, who was purchased for $17.7 million, but had become a very shy breeder. Acting on her recommendations, his behavior was changed and he developed into a normal breeding sire. She has been known to make successful recommendations to stallion owners, including those of changed behavior due to aging, upon just being told the problem. Her experience is unmatched in the world.

Dr. McDonnell will host an open forum on stallion handling on the morning of Friday, February 19, and is also scheduled to deliver the keynote address to the convention on equine behavior during the ASHA members’ luncheon on Saturday, February 20. Both presentations will allow for ample time to question and discuss problems and horse management with her.

For additional information about ASHA’s 2010 Annual Convention & Youth Conference, visit the ASHA website, here.

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