Seminar presentations have long been a part of Horse Progress Days. Increasing knowledge and improving life is a quest upon which humans have been on since the very first ones set foot on this good earth. In communities where basic needs are met, there is time and incentive for learning new ways and in some cases, re-examining old ways that may have relevance for the present day. The local and national planners of Horse Progress Days are determined to keep learning in the forefront and entertainment out back.
Be sure to check the flyer you receive when you enter the grounds of Horse Progress Days to see how many other seminars have been added to the event.
Amelia grew up on a breeding farm, where her family trained and started horses, bred and cared for mares and foals, gave riding lessons, and boarded equines of all shapes and sizes. Now, Amelia and her husband, Tyler Harold, own a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains where they raise beef cattle, plant crops to feed their livestock, work the land with their spotted drafts and Percheron cross horses, operate a carriage company, and trail ride throughout the southern United States.
She began working on her B.S. at North Carolina State University in 2011, and graduated with a major in Animal Science with an emphasis in the animal industry field, focusing on equine and bovine health, nutrition, management and breeding. She has since been certified through Equissage, a world-renowned equine massage therapy school. Since her certification, Amelia has strived in focusing on assisting horses and cows through massage therapy techniques that ultimately alleviate muscle related pain, improve performance, and creating happy, loyal clients.
Dr. Lisa Eller
Our veterinarian presenter comes to us with a unique set of qualifications. First, she has been a practicing veterinarian for 30 years, second, a fair amount of her practice centers on draft horses. Dr. Eller is married to Gary Nebergall of Nebergall Brothers Belgians, a name very familiar to Belgian breeders. At Dr. Eller’s seminar she will focus on mare reproduction and stallion management. In the mare presentation she will cover foaling practices and problems. In the stallion presentation, she will talk about general overall management as well as reproductive issues like collecting and shipping semen. You will find Dr. Eller’s seminar helpful and informative. Don’t miss it, especially if you are or plan to become a Draft Horse Breeder.
Robert Detweiler and Gary Nebergall
If you want to look at a draft horse through the eye of a judge, you will want to put this seminar on your agenda. Robert and Gary, both professional showmen, will give you a good idea of what judges are looking for in the show ring. You will learn the importance of the foot, proper slope of the pastern, good length on the cannon bone, and many other things of that nature. You’ll learn why some judges put more attention on a good foot and others pay more attention on the hocks. This seminar could have an impact on your breeding program for years to come, when you learn what judges are looking for. The opportunity to sit with instructors of this caliber, with the depth of experience they represent, doesn’t come every day.
Basic Horse Shoeing
As a second generation farrier, Lavon has been around horses all his life. Lavon shoes a variety of horses, from dressage to hunter jumpers to buggy horses and draft horses. He believes it is very important to know the anatomy of the horse and how the confirmation of a horse will affect the job you are asking the horse to do. As a farrier, he has spent time studying the anatomy of a horse’s foot and leg since knowing what the inside of those appendages look like make a difference in how a foot will be trimmed and shod. Whether you are a farrier or not; be sure to attend this seminar to learn more about how to attend to the animals in your care.
Harness and Collar Fitting
Growing up on a farm and owning a harness shop for the past 46 years gives Andy the qualifications to be the speaker at this seminar. Attend this one to learn the importance of a properly fitted collar and harness and how your horse’s performance can be affected by poorly fitting straps and leather. Collar sores from poorly fitting collars can, for instance, make a horse into a balker which creates all sorts of problems. Whether you have worked with horses all your life or are just beginning, make sure you attend this seminar if you want your horse to reach its full potential.
A major part of this seminar will be about feeding bees all year round. The pattern that most of us understand is that bees gather pollen during pollen season to make honey so they can survive the off season by eating what they have stored up. Being hard workers, they make a lot of extra honey. This surplus is what can be used to feed people. However, for many different reasons, some of which will surely be part of this presentation, many traditional places where honey bees would find pollen have ceased to exist. Bees, it seems, are hit these days from many directions with obstacles to making honey. Feeding bees year round is an option for bee keepers who wish to do all they can to maintain healthy colonies. In the fall it’s sugar water and protein mixed with minerals and vitamins. In the winter, hard candy with protein, minerals and vitamins. Then there is the royal jelly that bees make to feed young larvae. Learn how this part of bee life can be supplemented as well. Modern agricultural practices have compromised what was considered the normal process by which bee colonies function. Extra care and attention to today’s bee hives can make the difference between success and failure when it comes to honey production. The Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, the grandfather of all master beekeeper programs, has certified David Burns as a master beekeeper. He is one of about 140 persons worldwide to hold this certification. Burns lives near Champaign, IL. His bee efforts are focused on education; online, on-site, and with hives, and he grows queen bees to sell.