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Michael Colvin headlines UNL's annual Horsin' Around Conference Jan. 12 to 13

Michael Colvin, a professional horse trainer in the Atlanta area since 1988, will be the 2013 featured presenter during the annual Horsin' Around conference Jan. 12 and 13, 2013, in the RB Warren Arena at the Animal Science Complex on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus.

Colvin is dedicated to creating championship teams with a goal to maintain a horse and rider trainer program that consistently produces world class results with integrity, said Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension horse specialist.

"He maintains a positive environment with an atmosphere of respect for both the riders and horses," she said. "With his decades of experience, he has repeatedly taken his horses and riders to the winner's circle and beyond."

Colvin and his team specialize in the American Quarter Horse Association's all around events in youth, amateur and open divisions.

Originally from Claremore, Okla., he has been training professionally since he was 16. In addition, he has been extensively involved internationally, particularly with the Italian Quarter Horse Association, and conducts clinics throughout Europe.

He is an AQHA Professional Horseman and holds AQHA and NSBA judges' cards.

Colvin will touch on topics that include: Does this horse fit your goals?; sharpening your horse for horsemanship and/or equitation; developing the foundation--riding drills for all riders; western horsemanship; English equitation; raising your showmanship score; trail; and tackling lead challenges.

Other speakers during the two-day event include Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension horse specialist, and Lena Cottle, UNL Extension equine specialist.

Anderson has been at UNL since 1991 and teaches equine related courses including Equine Reproduction, Equine Nutrition, Horse Management, Horse Evaluation and Horse Industry Study Tour, all in UNL's animal science department. She also is the coach for the UNL Horse Judging Team. At the conference, she will discuss the Nebraska Horse Welfare Coalition.

Cottle oversees and develops horse-related youth extension and outreach at UNL. She is responsible for the 4-H Horse Stampede, district and state 4-H horse shows, 4-H horse show judges' clinics and other youth-related activities. She also teaches equine courses in UNL's animal science department. During Horsin' Around, she will discuss new happenings with the 4-H Horse Project.

The conference begins at 9 a.m., both days and is open to participants of all ages. Adult registration is $30 for both days or $20 for one day. For youth 18 and under, cost is $25 for both days or $20 for one. If the clinic doesn't sell out, registration will be available at the door for adults at $40 for both days and $25 for one day and for youth at $30 for both days and $20 for one day.

No phone-in registrations are accepted. For more information or a registration form, call 402-472-6411, email kanderson1@unl.edu or visit the Horsin Around website at http://animalscience.unl.edu/web/anisci/anscextensionequinehorsinaround or the UNL Horse Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UNLhorse.

Date: 12/17/2012

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