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Virginia Equine Extravaganza Announces 2005 AAEP Seminar Series

Press Release

The Virginia Equine Extravaganza announced today that it will partner with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to host an educational seminar series in 2005. Along with clinics and demonstrations from leading horse industry clinicians and trainers, the Virginia Equine Extravaganza will include three full days of educational seminars with some of the equine industry's leading experts in horse health care.

The seminar program is designed to help attendees keep abreast of the most recent developments in equine health, medicine, nutrition, and horse management with information from some of the country's foremost practitioners.

The AAEP's mission includes improving the health and welfare of the horse and to providing resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry. "AAEP's participation in our event is the perfect compliment to our seminar program," said Vicki O'Hara, President of the Virginia Equine Extravaganza. "The addition of AAEP speakers enhances the depth and diversity of our program and compliments the Extravaganza's goal of providing relevant and timely health information to the event's thousands of attendees." Topics will include such cutting-edge subject matter as stem cell therapy for equine injuries, the latest in treatment of joint disease, and advances in reproductive science, as well as the standard concerns of all horse owners such as nutrition, vaccinations, diseases, and general care.

The annual event is in its second year. The 2004 inaugural event attracted thousands of attendees, 20% of which were from out of state.

"The Commonwealth of Virginia boasts the fifth largest horse population in the country and this large and vibrant equine community responded with overwhelming enthusiasm to our first event," said O'Hara. "We knew Virginia was underserved without an event of this magnitude and the number of attendees, vendors, sponsors, quality of participants and attention received proved us correct. We anticipate that 2005 will be an even larger success."