2015 Sporting Clays Classic

AUGUST 26, 2015

BLUE GRASS SPORTSMEN’S LEAGUE is located on 1400-acres just a few miles south of Lexington. The venue includes a fully automated sporting clays course consisting of 16 stations with the level of difficulty indicated on each station, two skeet fields, and a covered 5-stand course overlaid on skeet field 2.

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• There will be a single “shotgun start” at 1:00 p.m. for all teams •
• Prizes and awards immediately following the shoot •

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Count Down to Launch of Members Area

The launch of our website’s Members Area is fast approaching!


Our Members will have access to:
– An online searchable Membership Directory
– A forum
– Ability to add events to our calendar
-Ability to post classified ads
& more!!!

Make sure you have a unique email address on file with the club or you will not have access to the Members Area!!!

Next Membership Meeting:

Dr. Dionne Benson

Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC), COO

May  13th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

(861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40502)
A link to driving directions will be on RSVP confirmation Email


Dionne Benson RMTC Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Dionne Benson assumed her position at the RMTC in July 2012. Dr. Benson provides administrative oversight of RMTC-funded research projects, the implementation of world-class laboratory drug testing standards, and the development and promotion of uniform medication rules, policies and guidelines.

A native of the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, Dr. Benson completed a veterinary internship at the acclaimed Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., prior to her role at the RMTC. As a veterinary intern, Dr. Benson rotated through the areas of surgery, anesthesia and medicine, and was responsible for primary patient care. Dr. Benson also completed a summer research project under Dr. Troy Trumble at the University of Minnesota, in which she designed and executed a clinical study on peri-neural and intra-articular joint blocks.

In addition, Dr. Benson has worked as a veterinary assistant to Dr. V. Don Newcomb at Canterbury Park and as a detention barn technician for the Minnesota State Veterinarian’s office.
Prior to her veterinary medicine pursuits, Dr. Benson practiced law for eight years, serving as an adjunct faculty member at the William Mitchell College of Law, and as an attorney for the National Arbitration Forum and at Larkin, Hoffman, Daly and Lindgren, Ltd. in Minneapolis, Minn.

Dr. Benson received her B.S. and D.V.M. from the University of Minnesota, and J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Dr. Benson has garnered many awards, scholarships and grants, including the ACVS Foundation Student Surgical Proficiency Award for Excellence in Large Animal Surgery (April 2011), Bayer Healthcare Legend Award in Equine Medicine (April 2011), Julie Hanzlik Memorial Scholarship (April 2011), American Livestock / Hiscox Insurance Company / AAEP Scholarship (December 2010), Winner’s Circle Scholarship (April 2010), and the Morris Animal Foundation Summer Student Research Grant Recipient (June 2009).

See more at: http://rmtcnet.com/content_bios.asp#sthash.gP9wKh54.dpuf


• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. May 10th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.


To register for this meeting select your payment preference:

UK Farm and Facilities Expo to be held June 2


Contact: Ray Smith, 859-257-3358
Nick Carter, 859-257-5582

UK Equine Farm and Facilities Expo to be held June 2

By Holly Wiemers

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 20, 2015) – University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its annual Equine Farm and Facilities Expo from 3:30 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 2 at McPeek Racing’s Magdalena Farm in Lexington.

Horse owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to walk through a vendor trade show and see a range of equipment and supplies for horse farms of all sizes. UK specialists will provide hands-on instruction about practical aspects of management for equine operations. There will also be farm tours.

“The expo provides horse owners the chance to attend an informative event on the grounds of a working horse farm. We appreciate Kenny McPeek for hosting this event and for opening the farm’s gates to the public,” said Ray Smith, professor and forage extension specialist for the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Nick Carter, Fayette County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, said the expo is a unique opportunity for horse owners to learn about a wide range of topics, from pasture weed management to footing for exercise areas.

“There are not many other venues around that allow horse owners this kind of opportunity,” he said.

UK experts will lead demonstrations on subjects including footing, pasture weed management and landscape decisions on horse farms. In addition, McPeek will share with attendees what he looks for in a yearling. There will also be a number of informational booths staffed by UK specialists.

McPeek Racing specializes in selection, management and training of Thoroughbred racehorses. McPeek serves on the board of UK Ag Equine Programs and has been training racehorses since 1985. The farm is located at 2651 Russell Cave Road in Lexington.

Admission to the expo is free, and a meal will be provided. Reservations are appreciated. Contact the Fayette County Extension office at 859-257-5582 to reserve a spot. For more information about this and other UK Ag Equine Programs events, visit http://www.ca.uky.edu/equine or email equine@uky.edu.


Writer: Holly Wiemers, 859-257-2226

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

Colostrum Alert!!!!

COLOSTRUM ALERTColostrum Reserves are Very Low!

Hagyard and Rood & Riddle
are OUT of colostrum.

Please help by milking your foaling mares and donating a pint today!

The bank is only successful due to the donor farms, without them there would be no bank.

If you are coming to the next Farm Manager’s Meeting, bring your colostrum and get a ticket for a free drink on us!!

TOBA Ownership Seminar, April 18-19, to Visit WinStar Farm and Keeneland


Monday, April 6, 2015

Contact: Carrie Vaught
Director of Membership & Marketing
(859) 276-2291

 Ownership Seminar, April 18-19, to Visit WinStar Farm and Keeneland

Lexington, Ky. – The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is holding an educational Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar in Lexington, Ky. The seminar, sponsored by Blood-Horse, will feature a trip to WinStar Farm’s training center, a private backstretch tour of Keeneland Race Course, and two days of live racing at Keeneland.

The event will begin on Saturday, April 18 with a visit to WinStar Farm to learn how the farm trains and prepare their horses for the racetrack. Attendees will also receive complimentary tickets to Keeneland for the afternoon. Sunday, April 19 will take place at Keeneland with a virtual ownership session on the backstretch, discussions on the owner/trainer dynamic, acquiring racehorses, public auction procedures and Thoroughbred retirement. The seminar will wrap up with lunch in Keeneland’s Phoenix Dining Room and an afternoon of racing.

Speakers include Kentucky Thoroughbred Association executive director Chauncey Morris, Sean Tugel of WinStar Farm, trainer Ian Wilkes, Ken Ramsey of Ramsey Farm, trainer Wesley Ward, Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing, Kerry Cauthen of Four Star Sales, Barry Irwin of Team Valor, trainer Ron Moquett, Jen Shaw of Dean Dorton Allen Ford PLLC, Joel Turner of Frost Brown Todd LLC and Tom Thornbury of Keeneland, Erin Crady of Thoroughbred Charities of America, and Susan Martin of The Jockey Club. Reed Ringler of Fasig-Tipton is moderating the seminar.

The 2015 schedule and registration are available at www.toba.org. TOBA members receive a discounted rate for each clinic and non-members can join TOBA today to take advantage of the discount.

TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky., was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred breeders and owners. TOBA’s mission is to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Projects managed by TOBA include the American Graded Stakes Committee, TOBA Owners Concierge, Claiming Crown, Ownership Seminars, Breeding, Conformation & Pedigree Clinics and the Sales Integrity Program. TOBA, in collaboration with The Jockey Club, has also created a free information resource called OwnerView to provide pertinent information to new, prospective and current Thoroughbred owners. TOBA provides international representation for U.S. owners and breeders on the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee, International Cataloguing Standards Committee and International Breeders Federation. Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is the charitable arm of TOBA. TOBA Media Properties, a subsidiary of TOBA, owns The Horse magazine, Eclipse Press and is co-owner of The Blood-Horse LLC in a partnership with The Jockey Club Information Systems. TOBA is represented on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium as founding members.


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April 14th Membership Meeting: Trainer’s Panel

Next Membership Meeting

Tuesday April 14th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

(861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40502
Map will be on RSVP confirmation Email.)

Trainer’s Panel:

Hellen Pitts-Blasi, Ian Wilkes & Ron Moquett

with Mike Penna moderating!


• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. April 10th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited. We no longer reserve extra seats.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
• Do NOT RSVP by replying to this Email, please follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.


To register for this meeting select your payment preference:

NEWS RELEASE: Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch begins in Central Kentucky


Contacts: Lee Townsend, 859-257-7455
Holly Wiemers, 859-257-2226

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch begins in Central Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) – Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch was reported March 23 in Scott County.

According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist, the tiny larvae will continue to emerge over the next two weeks from eggs laid last summer on flowering wild cherry, cherry, apple and related trees.

The eastern tent caterpillar spends the winter as tiny, fully-developed insects in distinctive egg masses that encircle twigs of wild cherry and related trees. It is one of the first insects to become active in the spring and is well adapted to survive Kentucky’s erratic winter and early spring weather.

“This is a hardy insect, so it is unlikely that our winter temperatures caused much mortality,” Townsend said. “Studies have shown that caterpillars in the egg can withstand temperatures down to 31 below zero Fahrenheit.”

Populations of eastern tent caterpillars have been climbing over the past few years. This trend is likely to continue, he said, producing locally high numbers in some areas. The rise in numbers is normal and mirrors the cyclical aspects of insect populations in general. According to Townsend, eastern tent caterpillar cycles are roughly 10 years in length. After two or three high years, the numbers usually drop again due to diseases or natural enemies.

When mature, the large, hairy caterpillars wander from their developmental sites along fence lines. Consumption of large numbers of caterpillars by pregnant mares precipitated staggering foal losses in the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome outbreak that peaked in 2001. MRLS can cause late-term foal losses, early- and late-term fetal losses and weak foals. Studies by UK researchers revealed that horses will inadvertently eat the caterpillars, and the caterpillar hairs embed into the lining of the alimentary tract. Once that protective barrier is breached, normal alimentary tract bacteria may gain access to and reproduce in sites with reduced immunity, such as the fetus and placenta.

Horse owners and farm managers with pregnant mares should begin to monitor fence lines containing wild cherry trees in about two weeks for small tents produced by developing caterpillars.

If practical, farms should plan to move pregnant mares from areas where these trees are abundant to minimize the chance of exposure to the caterpillars. The potential is greatest when the mature tent caterpillars leave trees and wander to find places to pupate and transform to the moth stage.

To get rid of active caterpillars, Townsend recommends pruning them out and destroying the nests as they are seen, if practical. Any one of several biorational insecticides registered for use on shade trees can also be used to treat as needed. Spot treatments to the tents and/or the foliage around them can be applied according to label directions, which vary by product.

Information about assessing trees for egg masses can be found at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef449.asp.


Photo available upon request.


Editor: Holly Wiemers, 859-257-2226

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

Study finds common equine parasite misidentified in textbooks

By Jenny Evans

LEXINGTON, Ky., (March 23, 2015) – A recent study led by Martin Nielsen, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, found that all veterinary medicine textbooks have misidentified a common equine parasite.

The large equine roundworm Parascaris equorum, commonly referred to as the ascarid, which is known for infecting foals, is actually a different species—Parascaris univalens. The research suggests P. univalens is the main species now observed in equines. The broader designation Parascaris spp. should be used instead unless cytological characterization (a technique for characterizing chromosomes) has confirmed the species.

“Parascaris univalens is really the forgotten parasite,” Nielsen said. “It is almost never mentioned in the textbooks, and most people have only heard about one roundworm species infecting equids.”

  1. univalens was discovered more than 130 years ago. The species only possesses one germ line chromosome pair as opposed to two for P. equorum, but the two species are otherwise considered structurally identical.

“We really wanted to find specimens of both species to study and find differences in their DNA,” Nielsen said. “The only way to tell them apart is to look at their chromosomes, so we invited a leading expert, Dr. Clara Goday, to the Gluck Equine Research Center to teach us the delicate technique of parasite karyoptyping.”

Karyotyping is a technique to study and characterize chromosomes in a sample of cells.

For the study, 30 live worms were obtained and dissected. All of the samples were identified as P. univalens. Then, the karyotyping technique was performed on ascarid eggs from foal fecal samples. P. equorum was not identified among these, whereas P. univalens was found in 17 samples, with the remaining eight being inconclusive.

“We were part of another study analyzing numerous Parascaris specimens from several different continents, and the conclusion there was that only one species was found,” Nielsen said. “We compared genetic information obtained for P. univalens in our study with gene codes already published as P. equorum and found that they were probably mislabeled.”

Others from the UK Gluck Center involved in the study were Jennifer Bellaw, a doctoral student in veterinary science; Eugene Lyons, professor; and Teri Lear, associate professor. The group from the UK Gluck Center collaborated with Jianbin Wang, assistant professor, and Richard Davis, professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine; and Clara Goday at Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas in Spain.

The article was published in the December issue of Parasitology Research.

The mission of the Gluck Center, a UK Ag Equine program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is scientific discovery, education and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the health and well being of horses. The Gluck Center faculty conducts equine research in six targeted areas: genetics and genomics, infectious diseases and immunology, musculoskeletal science, parasitology, pharmacology/toxicology and reproductive health.

For more information on the Gluck Center, visit http://www.ca.uky.edu/gluck.


Writer: Jenny Evans, 859-218-1089

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.



Contact: Martin Nielsen, 859-218-1103
Jenny Evans, 859-218-1089