January Membership Meeting

January 23, 2013 at the Red Mile

With Dr. Craig Carter

“In Pursuit of a Leptospirosis Vaccine for the Horse”


Dr. Craig CarterCraig N. Carter received his DVM at Texas A&M University in 1981.  After 5 years in primarily large animal practice, he returned to Texas A&M and completed a Master of Science and a PhD at Texas A&M University in epidemiology and public health.  He is a board certified diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.  He served as a lecturer in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Head of Epidemiology and Informatics in the diagnostic laboratory at Texas A&M until 2005 when he joined the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science as a professor of epidemiology.  His military career spanned four decades, retiring from the Army Reserves as a Colonel in 2009.  He is currently the director of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where he oversees lab operations, conducts research and works with his graduate students.

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Announcing our 2013 Board of Directors!

Lane’s End/Oak Tree
Vinmar Farm
Indian Creek
Hughes Management
Shawnee Farm
Lane’s End Farm
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Shawhan Place
UK Maine Chance Farm
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Amende Place
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Claiborne Farm
Darby Dan Farm

UK College of Agriculture inducts inaugural Hall of Distinguished Alumni

By Laura Skillman

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Dec. 14, 2012) – Five distinguished graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture are being inducted Dec. 14 into the inaugural class of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Fifteen posthumous recipients will also be named.

This year’s inductees are Louis J. Boyd, Maurice Cook, David Switzer, Harold Workman and Joe Wright. These honorees have had outstanding careers and continue to serve as important members of their fields and in their communities.

For nearly 150 years, extraordinary alumni from College of Agriculture have contributed substantially to their chosen fields, their communities and society. To pay homage to these and future distinguished graduates, the college initiated the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This award is the highest honor the college will bestow. The college’s alumni association spearheaded the formation of this award.

“The Ag and HES Alumni Association is excited to support the establishment of the College of Agriculture Hall of Distinguished Alumni,” said Bill McCloskey, alumni association president. “It is important to recognize and celebrate our alumni that exemplified themselves by making significant contributions to their communities and profession while at the same time proudly representing the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.”

Boyd of Bogart, Ga., began his 41-year career of service to animal agriculture as an extension specialist at UK before moving on to distinguish himself at the University of Tennessee, Michigan State University and the University of Georgia. Under his leadership, external funding for Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station increased more than four fold. He was instrumental in building the UGA alumni association and college development activities. Throughout his career, he was a mentor to students, student clubs and teams.

Cook, a world-renowned expert in soil and water conservation and a leader in the field of soil science, taught at North Carolina State University for more than 30 years before his retirement in 1992 at the rank of professor. He also served as the director of the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water where he initiated the first-in-the-nation soil and water conservation cost-share program for farmers. Cook also served as senior advisor for agricultural affairs for the state, representing the governor throughout the state and the world on issues of better soil and water conservation management.

Switzer of Lexington is recognized worldwide for his extensive knowledge, experience and accomplishments relating to the horse breeding and racing industries. In addition, he is an acknowledged expert in the field of equine foundation bloodstock and insurance, having owned and operated a bloodstock agency for many years. He promotes the Kentucky Thoroughbred industries locally, nationally and internationally. He played a vital communications role during the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome crisis in 2001-2002 and led efforts to create an emergency response team from state government and the industry should another such event occur.

Workman of Louisville currently serves as president and chief executive officer for the Kentucky State Fair Board. Thanks to his efforts, the Kentucky Exposition Center is home to several signature events including the North American International Livestock Exposition, the largest purebred livestock show in the world and the National Farm Machinery Show, which ranks as one of Louisville’s top attractions each year generating more than $20 million in annual economic impact.  Also under this leadership, the exposition center has been transformed to one of the 10 largest facilities of its type with more than 1.2 million square feet of indoor space.

Wright, a Harned farmer and implement dealer, served as state senator for 16 years and Senate majority leader for 11 years, during which time he helped support the purchase of the college’s Woodford County farm and spearheaded efforts to secure funding for additional college building needs. He is a past president of the Kentucky Burley Growers Cooperative, state fair board member, and Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching member. He served on the Breckinridge County school board, was a founding member of the Kentucky FFA Foundation and is a member of the 2012 Kentucky Tax Reform Commission.

“This recognition is a symbol of the respect and admiration we have for distinguished alumni and serves to encourage exemplary achievements by fellow alumni and current students,” said Scott Smith, dean of the College of Agriculture. “These alumni being inducted into our inaugural class have been outstanding leaders in their professions and in society, and it is our honor to acknowledge those contributions.”

The college will be naming a number of posthumous award recipients during the next three to five years to allow those alumni who have died prior to the initiation the Hall of Distinguished Alumni to also be honored. This year’s posthumous award recipients are Garland Bastin, Smith Broadbent Jr., Thomson Bryant, Patricia Buster, Frank Frazier, Opal Hurley Mann Green, John Heick, James Kabler, Pauline Park Wilson Knapp, Charles A. Mahan, Shirley Phillips, Doris Tichenor, Larry Turner, Mack Whiteker, and Harry Young Jr. Find more  information about these honorees at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/alumni.

The College of Agriculture Office for Advancement along with the Ag and HES Alumni Association administers the program.

Writer: Laura Skillman, 859-323-4761

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


LEXINGTON, KY. — Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today the appointment of Eric Hamelback and Michael McMahon to its Board of Directors.
“We are very pleased to welcome Eric Hamelback and Mike McMahon to the TCA board. Eric and Mike will be a huge asset and I look forward to working with each of them,” said Dan Rosenberg president of TCA.
Hamelback is the General Manager of Adena Springs Farm and resides in Paris, Ky.  A graduate of Louisiana State University, he began his career as yearling manager at Prestonwood Farm and later moved to Adena Springs in the same role. Hamelback became general manager at Live Oak Stud in 2002 before returning to Adena Springs in 2005. He is a former president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, is an active Rotarian in the Bourbon County Rotary Club and a coach for Bourbon County’s youth and middle school football programs.
McMahon, a Saratoga Springs native, now resides in Versailles, Kentucky. A graduate of Cornell University and the Irish National Stud, he co-owns McMahon and Hill Bloodstock LLC with partner Jamie Hill. McMahon is also the manager and founder of Bourbon Lane Racing Stable and Spruce Lane Pinhooking. He currently serves on the board of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, is former president of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association and former vice president of the Belmont Child Care Association.
Hamelback and McMahon join current board members Amy Adkins, Shannon Arvin, Gretchen Jackson, Michael Levy, Braxton Lynch, Bob Manfuso, Pope McLean, Jr., Ellen Moelis, Herb Moelis, Dr. Jim Orsini, Dr. Scott Palmer, Josh Pons, Dan Rosenberg, Rob Whiteley and Peter Willmott.
TCA was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds to Thoroughbred related charities that work to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue, research and by helping the people who work with them. TCA’s largest annual fundraiser is a Stallion Season Auction. The 23rd annual Stallion Season Auction will be held January 3-5, 2013. For more information please visit www.tca.org. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).

Erin Crady
Executive Director
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA)
P.O. Box 910668
Lexington, KY 40591
859.276.2462 fax

Case Clay named chair of UK’s Gluck Equine Research Foundation

Case Clay, new chair of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors.

Case Clay, new chair of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors.

PHOTO: supplied by Three Chimneys Farm

LEXINGTON, Ky.,Case Clay, president and chief executive officer of Three Chimneys Farm, was named chair of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors at its October meeting. Art Zubrod, manager of Brittany Farm, was named vice chair.

“Being elected chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation means a lot to me, as my grandfather, Albert G. Clay, was one of the founders and a board chair. My father, Robert Clay, also served on the board,” Clay said. “I will take this honor very seriously, and I am excited to work with the board to take the world’s only research facility with the majority of faculty doing full-time equine research to the next level.”

Clay joined the board in January 2010. Clay serves as a member of the Breeders’ Cup and also serves on the boards of directors of Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), the Federal Political Action Committee of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

“I am excited to work closely with Case as the new chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. Case comes with a great knowledge of the horse industry and experience on numerous boards. This combination will provide him with the tools to be a very effective leader for the Gluck Foundation,” said Ed Squires, director of UK Ag Equine Programs and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.

“Mr. Case Clay’s leadership brings new enthusiasm combined with strong knowledge and experience from the horse industry to the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. I am looking forward to working with Case to navigate the Gluck Center through a new era of research that benefits the health and well-being of horses in Kentucky and around the world,” said Mats Troedsson, director of the Gluck Equine Research Center and chair of the UK Department of Veterinary Science.

Clay takes the leadership reins from Walter Zent, a veterinarian and former partner at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, who served on the Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors from December 2000 to October.

“Dr. Zent has served the Gluck Equine Research Foundation during a time that saw a change in leadership, expansion of research facilities at Maine Chance Equine Campus as well as financial challenges during the global downturn of the economy,” Troedsson said. “His longstanding association with the Gluck Center, combined with a true compassion for advances in equine veterinary medicine and science, made him uniquely suited to lead the Gluck Foundation during this time.”

“I can truly say that Walter is one of the most passionate people about the Gluck Center that I know. He has been a great advocate for the faculty and research coming out of the center,” Squires said. “Tom (Goncharoff) was the perfect vice chair. He was never afraid to question the status quo.”

Zubrod replaces Goncharoff, manager of Crystal Springs Farm in New Mexico, as vice chair. Goncharoff has served on the Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors since December 2006. Goncharoff’s term expires in January 2015.

Gluck Equine Research Foundation directors are elected to a four-year term and can serve two four-year terms. The Gluck Equine Research Foundation was formed as a nonprofit organization to provide the exchange of information between the Gluck Center and the horse industry and to secure funds. Since the foundation’s inception, it has been highly supportive in raising funds for equine research, endowed faculty positions and facilities.

The mission of the Gluck Center, a UK Ag Equine program, 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.


Ed Squires, 859-218-1176;   Jenny Evans, 859-218-1089

Next Membership Meeting – Dr. Nathan Slovis

Next membership meeting:

December 11th, 2012 at the Red Mile.


Dr. Nathan Slovis

Update on lower respiratory tract diseases of the horse


Nathan M. Slovis, DVM, DACVIM, CHT

Dr. Nathan Slovis is the Director of the McGee Center and a Member of the Hagyard Practice. He is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Science from Radford University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University, interned at Arizona Equine Center and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Slovis has published over 30 manuscripts in both national and international peer reviewed veterinary journals. He is the Editor of both the Atlas of Equine Endoscopy and The Atlas of Diseases/Disorders of the Foal both distributed by Elsevier. He implemented the current Infectious Disease and Equine Emergency Response Programs at Hagyard and holds the position of Infectious Disease Officer and Equine Emergency Response Director. He is also a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist and a Member of the Veterinary Infectious Disease Society.

Board Certifications
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Certified Hyperbaric Technologist

Memberships & Affiliations
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA)
Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP)
Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC)
American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)
Undersea and Hyperbaric Disease Society (UHMS)
Veterinary Infectious Disease Society
Veterinary Hyperbaric Medical Society
United States Equestrian Federation
United States Dressage Association

Presentation Summary:
Dr. Slovis’ talk will educate the audience about the host , environmental and risk factors that are associated with equine respiratory diseases. Respiratory diseases can cause a variety of clinical signs ranging from poor weight gain in foals to poor performance in the athlete. A variety of respiratory diseases will be discussed including rhodoccocus equi, bacterial pleuropneumonia (pleuritis), Small Airway inflammation and its association with poor race performance and exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Preventative medicine and a variety treatment options (including the use of nebulizer treatment protocols) will be discussed. This talk will be case based and will include videos and graphic images to help illustrate the lower respiratory tract diseases that can affect your horse.
• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. December 7, 2012.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at The Red Mile.
• Dinner begins at 6:45 P.M.
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UK to study horse-farm worker safety with CDC grant

Uk multiyear project will identify concerns, make resources available

By Janet Patton — jpatton1@herald-leader.com

Every day, more than 10,000 people go to work on Kentucky Thoroughbred farms, taking care of high-strung 1,000-pound animals, often in close quarters. But nobody seems to know how dangerous this work might be, keep statistics on accidents, or share methods that prevent them.

This fall, the University of Kentucky has launched a multiyear study of the health and safety practices associated with the diverse workforce of the Thoroughbred industry, one of the state’s top agricultural enterprises.

The Thoroughbred Worker Health and Safety Study will be funded by a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of the UK Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention.

“I think there’s always been an issue with farm safety,” said Scott Mallory of Mallory Farms and president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club. “And I believe this study will kind of help show where we need some education and help some reforms along, and maybe form a resource for them to go to get the help they need.”

Farm work is inherently full of risks, as is working with horses.

“I think everybody knows agriculture is one of our more dangerous industries,” said Jennifer Swanberg, professor of social work and executive director of the Institute for Workplace Innovation at UK.

Swanberg is leading the study, designed to find ways to improve horse farm safety and provide those resources free to horse farms.

“When you talk to farm owners and managers … safety and health are primary concerns,” Swanberg said. “This was an area we identified that could help the industry.”

There will be three phases:

■ In-depth interviews with farm owners, managers and human resources personnel about safety issues;

■ Interviews with Thoroughbred farm workers recruited off-site, confidentially, about concerns;

■ Analysis of the data to determine what resources can be developed by UK to help improve safety.

“The premise of the study is to identify safety and health concerns of owners and farms, and identify promising practices that farms can put in practice for those issues,” Swanberg said.

She said she is encouraged that so many Thoroughbred industry groups and farms are eager to partner with the study.

“I think any time you talk about the health and safety of an industry, it can be perceived as a touchy subject,” Swanberg said.

But about 40 farms have agree to participate and a broad-based board from the Thoroughbred industry and from the farm-worker community will review all results. Information will be shared with all horse farms.

“I think it’s a study that needs to be done so we can make the workplace as safe as it should be,” said Mallory, of Mallory Farms. “Obviously, when you’re dealing with animals, you need to be prepared.”

Mallory said that people aren’t always as well-trained in safety, and that’s when problems can happen. The most common injuries he sees are horses stepping on feet.

David Switzer, executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, said the KTOBA is also participating in the project.

“I’m told one of the biggest claims is for back injury, from lifting 50-pound bales of straw and not doing it properly,” Switzer said.

“We’re all concerned about the health and welfare of the horse,” Switzer said. “Well, then, we ought to be concerned about the health of our employees as well.”

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264. Twitter: janetpattonhl

Read more here:http://www.kentucky.com/2012/11/05/2396160/uk-to-study-horse-farm-worker.html#storylink=misearch


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Frank Stronach with the TCA Leadership Award and Belmont Child Care Association with the TCA Industry Service Award at the 23rd Annual Select Stallion Season Auction to be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky.

“Mr. Stronach and the Belmont Child Care Association personify the spirit of these awards,” said Dan Rosenberg, president of TCA. “We are extremely grateful for their contributions and dedication to our industry.”

The TCA Leadership Award is presented annually to an organization or individual whose philanthropic endeavors are consistent with TCA’s mission. Past award winners include Fasig-Tipton, Darley, Todd Pletcher, Roy and Gretchen Jackson and Bill Casner.

Frank Stronach is a five-time Eclipse award winning breeder and four-time Eclipse Award winning owner. In 2005, Stronach developed the first in-house retirement program, Adena Springs Retirement Program, to ensure a healthy and safe retirement for Adena Spring’s horses.  In 2011, Stronach created the Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare Program with matching funds donated by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. He also recently formed the Santa Anita Aftercare Program and has pledged to match the funds currently deducted from purses in support of aftercare.

“To be recognized by Thoroughbred Charities of America, which for more than 20 years has provided support and love for Thoroughbreds and the people who work for them, is a great honor. We must always remember to care for those who work in our industry, and we must make it our business to ensure every Thoroughbred during and after its racing career is afforded a safe and loving environment to prosper throughout its life,” said Frank Stronach.

The TCA Industry Service Award is presented annually to a current TCA grantee that exemplifies TCA’s mission. Past award winners include Old Friends, Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, New Vocations and Tranquility Farms.

Formed in 1998, the Belmont Child Care Association was created for the benefit of working families at New York area racetracks. In 2002, Anna House was built and donated to the BCCA to serve families of the backstretch by providing a high quality child care designed to enhance the emotional, social and education development of their children. The center provides scholarship funds to those unable to afford the cost of care.

“The Belmont Child Care Association subscribes to the philosophy that if you change the first five years and then you change everything. We want our children to become America’s productive citizens of tomorrow,” said Donna Chenkin, executive director of BCCA. “Anna House opened its doors on the Belmont Race Track to address the complicated challenge of the children of backstretch families who are at risk of failing school. Thanks to the education the children receive at Anna House and the support of the racing industry, when our graduates enter kindergarten they are engaged, healthy and eager to learn and ready to succeed.”

The TCA Stallion Season Auction is the charity’s largest annual fundraiser. Approximately 200 seasons will be auctioned with the majority of the seasons offered during the two-day telephone auction. Telephone bids will be accepted January 3 – 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST). Interested bidders may register for a bidder number by visiting www.tca.org.

Approximately 25-30 seasons will be sold in a live Select Season Auction on Saturday, January 5.  Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on the select seasons by attending the live auction in-person or they may bid on the select seasons during the telephone phase with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction. In addition to the seasons, the live auction will feature non-season lots such as a Triple Crown package and a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A silent auction will also be offered.

TCA Stallion Season Auction sponsors include Brushwood Stable, Adena Springs Farm, Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting, PBI Bank, CandyLand Farm, Lael Stable, Provations Group, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, L.V. Harkness & Company and Blood-Horse Publications.

For further information regarding the 23rd annual TCA Stallion Season Auction including season donations, sponsorships and advertising please visit www.tca.org or call (859) 276-4989.

TCA was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds for charities in the Thoroughbred industry which provide a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue, research and by helping the people who work with them. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).


Erin Crady
Executive Director
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA)
P.O. Box 910668
Lexington, KY 40591
859.276.2462 fax
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