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KHC Dinner & Discussion

THISTHIS The Kentucky Horse Council Dinner & Discussion events are held three times per year. Attendees are treated to a delicious dinner at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park and learn from speakers discussing various equine-owner issues including horse health, pasture management, hoof care and diseases, supplements, equine research, parasite management and more.


July 11 KHC Dinner and Discussion at
the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center in Lexington, KY

What is Being DONE?
Addressing Equine Neglect and Abuse in Kentucky

The KHC welcomes Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Chief Livestock Agent Marcus Avery, Deputy Chief Livestock Agent Shane Mitchell and Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control Cruelty Investigator Jai Hamilton for a candid conversation about how equine neglect and abuse cases are handled in the Commonwealth.


Equine neglect and abuse cases often have more complications than cases involving their small-animal counterparts. With decisions involving everything from whether to feed in place or remove the horses to who takes responsibility for them if they must leave their home, neglect cases involving horses can be difficult and time consuming for officials -- and seem to take too long to address for people witnessing the situation.

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) will welcome Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Chief Livestock Agent Marcus Avery, Deputy Chief Livestock Agent Shane Mitchell and Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control Cruelty Investigator Jai Hamilton for a candid conversation about how equine neglect and abuse cases are handled in the Commonwealth.


Questions addressed will include:

  • Who should be contacted when equine neglect or abuse is suspected?
  • How long will it take to address the issue?
  • What can be done for the horse(s) in the meantime?
  • What training do animal control officers and other county officials receive?
  • What can horse owners and enthusiasts do to advocate for horses in the Commonwealth?

Audience questions are encouraged.

“The KHC routinely fields questions from people asking how they can report possible equine neglect and abuse,” says KHC Executive Director Sarah Coleman. “We’re grateful to be a resource for these caring individuals, but there are a lot of questions we’re unable to answer as we aren’t animal control or livestock investigators. Offering the equine community an opportunity to talk with state and county officials who deal with these cases is a great way to open lines of communication and to educate horse owners and enthusiasts about how the cases are handled, as well.”

This dinner is part of the Horse Council’s Dinner & Discussion event series, which provides an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all breeds and disciplines to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge; and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management, as well as on issues affecting the equine industry.

4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511

 Evening schedule: 
5:30 - 6:00 PM Networking
6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner

7:00 - 8:00 PM Discussion and Q&A session

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Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of the KHC Dinner and Discussion series!


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