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Several Saddlebred Summit Forum Agendas Announced


Lexington, Kentucky ­– The 2006 ASHA Annual Meeting is set to begin Thursday, February 16, and several detailed forum agendas have been announced.


ASHA Executive Secretary Alan F. Balch noted the forum titled “American Saddlebreds in Competition” on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. is where the discussions will take place regarding the recommendations ASHA leadership made following their October meetings in 2005.


“The discussion of the proposal for a split class at the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show for Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited Unset Tail will take place at the ‘American Saddlebreds in Competition’ Forum with a number of other critical topics,” Balch said.  “We originally scheduled two forums for this same time, but have now combined and extended them so that all registered convention attendees can participate in the discussion.”


Concerns of Saddlebred Breeders Today - Friday, February 17, 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Registry Statistics, Registrar Alan Balch

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Stallion Service Auctions and Breeders' Futurities, Dr. Rick Luft

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Broodmare Nutrition, Dr. Laurie Lawrence

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. General Discussion, Remaining Questions


American Saddlebreds in Competition: Standards, Rules and Disciplines – Friday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Standards and Rules Committee: Points of Emphasis in Judging and Conduct

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. USEF Equine Drugs and Medications, Dr. John Lengel

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ASHA Leadership's October Proposals, Background and Next Steps

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. One Breed, One Future:  Developing a Plan for Growth


Veterinary Questions, Concerns and Issues for the American Saddlebred Owner, Saturday, February 18, 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. Color and Parentage, Dr. Kathryn Graves

9:25 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Microchip Use and Potential in the Horse, Dr. Doug Byers and Dr. Mike Cavey

9:50 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Bioinformatics and Mapping of the Equine Genome, Dr. Ernie Bailey

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. General Discussion, Remaining Questions


ASHA Open Members Forum – Saturday, February 18, 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Association and Registry Financial Report

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Statistical Report on the Breed

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Leadership, Governance, Decision-Making

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Open Discussion and Questions

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