American Endurance Ride Conference Annual Convention Set for February 20-21 in Kentucky
RELEASE: January 21, 2009
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Troy Smith
Endurance riders and equestrians interested in checking out the “ultimate distance riding sport” are invited to attend the American Endurance Ride Conference’s (AERC) 2009 Convention at the Galt House Hotel Louisville, KY, February 20-21.
"We are excited to have our convention in Louisville,” said AERC Executive Director Kathleen Henkel. "There is no admission charge for the trade show and mini-clinics on the trade show floor, and we are hoping to attract many local riders who may be interested in finding out more about endurance riding.”
Highlights of AERC's convention will include a trade show featuring vendors from across the country. Regional awards will be presented at an evening reception on February 20, and the convention will culminate with AERC's national awards the evening of February 21.
The trade show will be located in the Galt House’s exhibit hall from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Vendors will display a variety of products for long-distance riders—everything from saddles to jewelry to horse trailers. One feature of interest to local riders is the popular Tack Swap; attendees are welcome to bring their used tack to sell at the show.
Also open to the public is the convention’s annual Friday night dance, which begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the convention for $10 per person.
Equine experts from across the U.S. will be featured at several seminar sessions as part of the convention’s “Best Condition” theme.
Friday's seminar speakers are:
—Tom Sayvetz, MD, who will discuss pedigrees and performance, including gait efficiency, body and muscle types in horses, metabolic issues and weight-carrying capacity.
—Jim Moore, DVM, whose 3-D horse models and animations, currently used in veterinary schools worldwide, make understanding a horse’s gastrointestinal tract much easier. He will discuss anatomical features that result in common causes of colic. Dr. Moore is a professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
—V.R. Maxwell, DVM, will present “Equine Degenerative Joint Disease in the Equine Athlete.” Topics covered include healthy joints, the disease processes of degenerative joint disease and therapeutic options.
Saturday’s seminar speakers are:
—Duane Barnett, DVM, a longtime AERC veterinarian, will discuss equine performance sports and drug rules. This important seminar focuses on principles and behavior that can be followed by endurance competitors to stay within the intent of AERC’s drug rule.
—Laurie Lawrence, PhD, a professor of equine nutrition at the University of Kentucky, has authored more than 100 publications on equine nutrition. Her seminar will feature the importance of carbohydrates in the equine diet. Covered will be different types of carbohydrates, how they are digested and absorbed, and which are most important for endurance horses.
—A Veterinary Panel with Drs. Nick Kohut, Ken Marcella, Jeanette Mero and Melissa Ribley will instruct seminar attendees on the convention theme: Best Condition. One of endurance riding’s most sought after awards, Best Condition requires speed and stamina from the equine, and this seminar will present ideas for getting and keeping your horse in best condition consideration.
Seminar prices are $45 per day ($25 for each additional family member) if purchased before February 6; the prices go up $10 after the pre-registration period. Seminars begin at 9:00 each day. Tickets are available at the door.
Veterinarians can take part in the seven-credit Continuing Education Program on Thursday, February 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Galt House.
Convention registration can be made by phone to the AERC office at (866) 271-2372. A complete convention overview and reservation forms are available online at