Annie’s Project for Delaware’s Equine Industry Begins Feb 27

Annie's Project logoWhat is Annie’s Project?

Annie was a woman who grew up in a small town in Northern Illinois.  Her goal was to marry a farmer and she did.  Annie spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her farm husband.  Together they did great things, but it wasn’t easy.  This is Annie’s Project- to take her experiences and share it with farm women living and working in a complex business.


To empower farm women to manage information systems used in critical decision making processes and to build local networks throughout the state.  The target audience is farm women with a passion for business and involvement in the farm operation.

Annie’s Project for Delaware Horsewomen

Annie’s Project has been such a success, we are offering the program again in 2015 with an emphasis on the equine industry in Delaware.  Classes will be held in the Harrington Raceway Board Room in Harrington, Delaware Friday afternoons from 1:00- 4:00 pm from February 27- April 17, 2015.  Each week we will begin with lunch and then enjoy the topic of the week.  Topics include:

  • Insurance and Liability
  • Business Planning
  • Understanding Credit and Financial Recordkeeping
  • Healthcare Options
  • Using Excel and QuickBooks for Your Business
  • The Next Generation
  • Estate Planning
  • Marketing and Social Media

We predict that you will learn as much from your classmates as you will from our group presenters.  The notebook, flash drive and other resources are well worth the $75 registration fee.  The class is limited to 20 participants.  To register online visit or by mailing the form and registration fee.  Special thanks to Harrington Raceway for their in kind support of this program.  For more information please contact Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or Tracy Wootten (302)236-0298

2015 Delaware Equine Industry Annie’s Project Registration Form

Be an Annie’s Graduate!

Delaware Ag Week Programs for Equine Owners

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Delaware Agriculture Week, January 12-16, 2015.  This is an excellent educational opportunity for Delaware agriculture stakeholders to learn best practices and new technologies, meet vendors and network with other agricultural producers.  This year’s event will once again be located at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.  Delaware Agriculture Week provides numerous sessions that cover a wide array of topics including small fruits, fresh market & processing vegetables, small flock & commercial poultry, grain marketing, grain crops, hay & pasture, beef cattle, irrigation, direct marketing, and much more.  Nutrient management, pesticide, and certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be offered.

Delaware Ag Week is sponsored by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Sessions of particular interest to horse owners are on January 13, 2015 and include the Delmarva Hay and Pasture Conference and the Equine Pasture Management Session.  The program schedule is:

Delmarva Hay & Pasture Conference, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Commodities Building

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. “Welcome, Housekeeping Details and Evaluations” Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist, University of Delaware

9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m.Managing Forage Quality with Fluctuating Weather” Dr. Sid Bosworth, Extension Agronomist, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

10:15- a.m. – 11:00 a.m. “Improving Hay and Pasture Quality Through New Developments in AlfalfaDick Kaufman, Regional Manager, W-L Research, Columbia, PA

11:00-a.m- 11:30 am. “Weather Patterns that Influence Hay Making” Kevin Brinson, Associate State Climatologist and Director Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS), University of Delaware

 11:30 a.m.           LUNCH IN DOVER Building

 DE Pesticide Certification Credits: 0 MD Pesticide Credits 1 DE NM Credits 1.25 MD NM Credits 1 CCA Credits: 2

1:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.Greetings From the National Maryland-Delaware Forage Council” Dr. Les Vough, President, Maryland-Delaware Forage Council

1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. “Improving Farm Viability Through Advanced Forage Crop Selection and Management” Dr. Sid Bosworth, Extension Agronomist, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. “When and How to Fertilize Your Pastures to Maintain Stands and Increase Productivity” Dr. Les Vough, Forage Agronomist, Southern Maryland, Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Nutrient Needs and Common Deficiencies of Forage Crops” Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist, University of Delaware

DE/MD Pesticide Certification Credits: 0 DE NM Credits 2.25 MD NM Credits: 2 CCA Credits: NM: 1.5 CM: 0.5


Equine Pasture Management, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

 6:00 p.m. “When and How to Fertilize Your Pastures to Maintain Stands and Productivity” Dr. Les Vough, Forage Agronomist, Southern Maryland RC & D

6:50 p.m. “Delaware State Police Mounted Unit” Cpl. Alison M Meadows, Delaware State Police

7:00 p.m. “Equine Manure Management: Your Options Part 1” Dot Abbott, Renewable Resources Extension Agent, University of Delaware and Lauren Torres, Environmental Scientist, Delaware Department of Agriculture

7:20 p.m. Break

7:30 p.m. “Equine Manure Management: Your Options Part 2” Presenters: Dot Abbott, Renewable Resources Extension Agent, University of Delaware and Lauren Torres, Environmental Scientist, Delaware Department of Agriculture

8:00 p.m. “Maintaining Pasture Stands for Improved Nutrition through Rotational Grazing” Laura Kenny, Program Associate, Rutgers University

9:00 p.m. Adjourn

DE NM Credits 2.75 MD NM Credits 3 CCA Credits NM 2.5

For more information on other programs occurring during Delaware Ag Week, please visit our Ag Week website:

Manure Management Strategies-Help Your Horse, the Farm AND Protect Our Water FREE Webcast

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Date: Dec. 9, 2014

Time: 7-8 p.m. EST

Location: Online Webinar

FREE WEBCAST! Did you know that each horse makes about 50lbs of manure, EVERY DAY?  Excess nutrients, found in the manure and urine, My Horse Universitycan get into the ground and surface waters, potentially making it undrinkable. Both nationally and internationally, water quality is becoming a very serious issue.  The good news is that properly managing the manure and pastures is neither difficult, nor impossibly expensive.  This webinar will explain how to properly utilize Best Management Practices, BMPs, allowing a farm to flourish,  stay productive and protect our water, a most precious resource.  BMPs are practical, cost-effective and science based techniques that may be already getting used on your farm or boarding facility, so watch this webinar to find out how to keep the horse, the farm and the water stay its best.  To participate in this free webcast, click on the link below to register.

Winter Care for Horses- Free Recorded Webinar

My Horse UniversityWith temperatures dropping rapidly over the past week on Delmarva, horse owners should pay extra attention to the care of their horses during the winter season.  Often caretakers have a tendency to spend less time in the barn during the winter but there are some special considerations to keep in mind for winter horse care.  This is a recorded webinar so it can be viewed at any time.  Topics include forage quality and forage alternatives, changes in exercise routines, and clipping and blanketing.

About the Presenter: Nettie Liburt grew up on eastern Long Island, NY and has been a life-long horseperson. She spent 11 years as a 4-H member of the East End Equestrians, and consequently is a strong advocate of horsemanship, proper horse care and animal welfare. Nettie received her Master of Science degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University in 2005, and earned her PhD in January, 2011 (Equine Exercise Physiology & Nutrition). Her research focused on the effects of age and exercise training on endocrine control of the cortisol response and insulin resistance. She worked as a Technical Equine Nutritionist for the Kent Nutrition Group/Blue Seal Feeds for 3 1/2 years, and is now an independent consultant on equine nutrition, exercise physiology and equine product development.

Delaware Equine Council Member Appreciation Day September 28

The Delaware Equine Council is holding their member appreciation day on Sunday, September 28th at Redden State Forest Headquarters Tract.  Both members and non members are welcome to ride, drive or hike the trails that are suitable for all abilities.  Current members are admitted free and may bring one guest free of charge.  Non members pay $20 and automatically become a member of the DEC for 2015.  A delicious lunch provided by Shorty’s Catering is included and available from noon to 2:00 pm.

Members are welcome to set up a table or tack swap/sale. In addition, a demonstration on “Biomechanics of Balance Saddles” will be offered by Mary Bashtarz with “Riding by Design” at 1:30 pm.

Door prize drawings to win a free hoof trimming donated by Barbara Dixon or a one hour saddle consultation with Mary Bashtarz will be given away

The physical address of the headquarters tract for GPS purposes is 18074 Redden Forest Drive, Georgetown, DE.

Please RSVP no later than September 18th to Stan (302)684-3966 or Pam (240)994-2220 or to attend