March 8‑10: National horse event coming to the Palouse

Showmen standing alongside horses in an arena.

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

The American Youth Horse Council Symposium is coming to the Palouse region March 8–10. This national event will bring 150–200 people to Pullman and Moscow for live demonstrations, tours, presentations, exhibits and more.

WSU’s Whitman County Extension office is one of the co‑hosts for the event.

“We have some unique equine resources here that we’re looking forward to showing off to our visitors, including the Appaloosa horse registry in Moscow and the WSU veterinary school,” said Janet Schmidt, Whitman County Extension director. “We have tours lined up for those and several other attractions around the Palouse and up in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene as well.”

Anyone age 14 and over with an interest in horses is welcome at the various events, including the keynote talk by Jesse Budd.

“Jesse is a former Whitman County 4‑H member and Miss Rodeo Washington who grew up in Colton,” Schmidt said. “And we’re so excited she’s coming home from Texas to talk about the impact 4‑H and horses have had on her life.”

2019 AYHC Symposium, Washington Idaho

Other information sessions include a talk by WSU Human Development professor Patricia Pendry, who specializes in how human/animal interactions can reduce stress; a discussion led by WSU Vet Med professors about being prepared for horse emergencies, and much more.

Registration details and the full list of workshops, talks and tours is available on the American Youth Horse Council Symposium website.

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