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Horse Owner's Workshop




Presented by OSU Animal and Food Science Department.

The Horse Owner's Workshop (HOW) will be held virtually in March 2021.  Seminars will be held Thursday evenings from 7-9 on March 4, 11, 18 and 25.  Registered participants will have access to recorded presentations and supplementary materials via secure Dropbox links and passcode protected links to the webinars.  Presenters will be available to address questions from the participants.

Topics will include:

  • Equine allergies
  • Toxic Plants in Oklahoma
  • Veterinary care year round
  • Adaption and Inclusion for Riders with Disabilities
  • Your County Agriculture Educator: Meet Your New Best Friend
  • Equine eye injuries
  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Virtual Youth Equine Science Camp
  • Hoofprints and Footprints: Serving the community through the 4-H Horse Project and more!

2021 Presenters:

  • Rachel Royston, Leslie Kirkland, Amanda Mokri, McKenzie Oefelein, Oklahoma / Region 8 / PATH International
  • Todd Holbrook, DVM, DACVIM, DACVSMR, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Kris Hiney, OSU Equine Extension Specialist
  • PA 4-H Horse Program Team
  • Lisa Mauzerall, Benchmark Veterinary Hospital
  • Brad Secraw, Cleveland county agriculture educator
  • Dr. Lauren Lamb, Oakridge Equine Hospital DVM, DACVS
  • Michelle Stephens, Reagan Stephens and Marie Frans, Custer county 4H Horse project leaders

The Horse Owner’s Workshops are intended to benefit horse owners and youth leaders by providing quality information on equine health, management, safety.

Registration is $10 and includes 60 day access to materials.  All registration fees will be used to support Special Clovers Equestrian program.

Horse Owner's Workshop Registration


2021 Agenda

March 4

  • 7 pm - Equine Eye Injuries - Dr. Lauren Lamb
  • 8 pm - Hoofprints and Footprints - Custer County 4H horse leaders

Discover the many ways your horse loving student can get involved in your community and act locally through horse-related activities and events that develop leadership and citizenship skills.

Certified Custer County  4-H Leaders, Marie Frans and Michelle Stephens along with Reagan Stephens  a former member of the the club will give you the ends and outs of creating a horse club that works on  youth development in leadership, civic engagement, equine science and horsemanship.  They will also share their strategy and practical ways to cultivate donor engagement.

March 11

  • Year round veterinary care - Dr. Lisa Mauzerall, Benchmark Animal Hospital
  • Equine Allergies - Dr. Todd Holbrook, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine

March 18

7 pm

  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Virtual Youth Equine Science Camp, Penn State 4H Horse Program Team
    • Andrea Kocher, PSU Equine Extension Specialist and Instructor of Equine Science
    • Bethany Bickel, PSU Equine Extension Associate
    • Lew Trumble, PSU Equine Extension Associate
    • Joe Stanco, PSU Equine Extension Associate
    • Lori Little, PSU 4-H Extension Educator

8 pm

  • Adapting lessons to riders of all abilities - PATH Int. Region 8

March 25

  • Your County Agriculture Educator: Meet Your New Best Friend - Brad  Secraw. Cleveland county extension educator

Extension Educators often refer to extension as the best kept secret in the county.  Agriculture Educators represent a state wide network of County Educators, District Specialists, and State Specialists that leverages their collective experience to serve local clientele.  Many County Educators have experience and/or training with equine and may own horses themselves.  Better yet, these educators can make site visits to see your operation first-hand no matter the size.  This workshop will introduce participants to this network and show the various services provided by their local extension office and Agriculture Educator.






Rachel Royston

Rachel Royston is the Executive Director of Turning Point Ranch, a PATH International Premier Accredited Therapeutic Horsemanship Center located in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Rachel has been a PATH Intl Riding instructor for 10 years and is a PATH Intl Mentor for instructors in training as well as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.  Rachel has been faculty at four international conferences for PATH Intl as well as region conferences, sharing with peers about miniature horse training and program development, mentoring and the identification, selection, training and care for therapeutic riding horses.  She has also spoken at the International Symposium on Equine Welfare led by Minds n Motion. Growing up on a working ranch in Oklahoma fostered close relationships with her horses and the understanding of what amazing souls they are.  Her love for horses led her to the field of therapeutic riding along with a heart for people with special challenges.  Caring for her equine partners in service has become a passion that grows each day with a constant effort to learn to serve them better. She has one son, Gabe, who is studying Chemical Engineering at OSU, loves trail riding with her husband, Chris, and serving Turning Point Ranch.