October 27, 2009

Seminar to help horse businesses better manage their operations

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Horse Business Seminar, for those who provide services to horse owners, will be Nov. 7 at the Purdue Calumet Conference Center in Hammond.

"These are challenging times for everyone," said Mark Russell, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service equine management specialist. "Many stables and horse businesses are finding that their customers can't afford to pay regular boarding and service fees, but at the same time, feed and other input costs are escalating."

Russell said Indiana has more than 34,000 operations that house more than 160,000 horses, generate more than 9,000 jobs and have an economic impact of more than $207 million in the state.

This seminar, Russell said, is designed to help stable owners and other horse industry service providers evaluate and better manage their business.

"If this means passing some of increasing costs of doing business to the client, then we'll help them do that without losing clients," said Russell, who is one of the seminar speakers.

Registration for the seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the first session beginning at 9 a.m.

Topics will include everything from putting together a business plan and preparing for and surviving tax audits, to the economics of equine health care and successful boarding stable techniques and experiences. In addition to a number of topics and speakers, there will be an equine welfare panel discussion.

Registration, due Nov. 1, is $35 for the first person from a business and $25 per person for multiple people from the same business. College students also may attend the seminar for $25. The registration fee includes lunch and materials. A complete agenda and registration information is available at the Indiana Horse Council Web site at http://indianahorsecouncil.org/Events/business.htm

Checks should be made payable to the Indiana Horse Council Business Seminar and mailed to Donna McDowell, Horse Business Seminar, 7317 S. County Road 750 East, Plainfield, IN  46168.

Directions to the Purdue Calumet Conference Center are available at http://www.calumet.purdue.edu/thecenter

The seminar is sponsored by Purdue Extension, Purdue Calumet, Indiana Horse Council and Kent Feeds.

For questions or additional information, contact Susan Conners, Purdue Calumet associate professor of equine management, at 219-204-1426, conners@calumet.purdue.edu

Writer: Julie Douglas, 765-496-1050, douglajk@purdue.edu

Source: Mark Russell, 765-494-7677, mrussell@purdue.edu

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Steve Leer, sleer@purdue.edu
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