Upcoming Equine Events

Northwest Georgia Master Equine Program

6:00-8:00 pm | Gordon County Extension Office | In-Person


  • Jan 23, 2024 Course Introduction and Industry Overview
  • Jan 30, 2024 Forage Systems for Equine/ 1 Pesticide CEU offered
  • Feb 6, 2024 Manure Management/ Water Quality Concerns/ Environmental Responsibilities
  • Feb 12, 2024 Preventative Health Care: vaccines, first aid, deworming/ NRCS practices/ cost sharing programs
  • Feb 20, 2024 Equine Nutrition / Equine BCS/ Conformation
  • Feb 27, 2024 Facilities Management/ Barn and Arena Design



Please register in person at the Gordon County Office before Jan 17th.

1282 GA-53 Spur, Calhoun, GA 30701

Call 706-629-8685 or email gordon.extension@uga.edu for more information.

2024 Equine Exchange: Behavior and Training

12:00pm | Virtual

The Equine Exchange is a monthly webinar that has provided practical equine management information for horse owners since 2022. In 2024, the series will follow a set curriculum of topics related to equine behavior and training.

The program is at 12PM EST, virtual via Zoom, and is free to attend. It will be held the first Monday of each month with the exception of holidays.


1/8* Equine Evolution & Domestication

2/5 Horse Perception and Senses

3/4 Types of Equine Behaviors

4/1 How Horses Learn

5/6 Assessing Equine Welfare

6/3 Ethical Horse Training

7/1 Operant Conditioning

8/5 Desensitizing and Habituation

9/9* Introduction to Groundwork

10/7 Stereotypic Behaviors

11/4 Problem Behavior Resolution

12/2 Round Table and Expert Q&A

Equine Owner Seminars

6:30-7:30 pm | Virtual

Dates – Tuesdays

  • Jan 9, 2024 Nutrition: Dr. Kylee Jo Duberstein, Ph. D. UGA Animal and Dairy Science
  • Jan 16, 2024 Herd Health: Dr. J.W. Gentry, DVM Baker Animal Hospital/ Equine Associates
  • Jan 23, 2024 Joint Care and Lameness: Dr. Erik Perez, DVM Piedmont Equine Associates
  • Jan 30, 2024 Reproduction and Genetics: Dr. Bill Baker, DVM Baker Animal Hospital/ Equine Associates

Zoom links will be emailed to registrants.

Call 478-987-2028 or 478-957-4002 for more information.

Presented by the SW Area Livestock Agent, Brandi McGonagil.

UGA Horse Owner’s Webinar Series: Applied Equine Nutrition

6:30-8:00 pm | Virtual

Join us for our 5th Annual Horse Owner’s Webinar Series (HOWS) focused on applied equine nutrition and feeding. Hear from experts in the equine nutrition industry the best recommendations for feeding different classes of horse.

Be sure to review the 2023 Basics of Equine Nutrition Course to ensure you are well-equipped to understand our applied feeding course.


  • Jan 9, 2024 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Jan 16, 2024 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Jan 23, 2024: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Jan 30, 2024: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Feb 6, 2024: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Feb 13, 2024: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM



Equine Welfare Assessment Skills Certification Course

Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2024| UGA Instructional Livestock Arena

The objective of this program is to provide participants with necessary training to make informed decisions regarding equine welfare and to familiarize them with widely accepted management practices in the Southeastern U.S. through hands-on, case study, and lecture-based learning.

Designed for:
– Law Enforcement Officers
– State Agency Employees
– Humane Society Personnel
– Equine Rescue Owners and Employees
– Veterinarians, Veterinary Students, and Veterinary Techs
– Attendees will complete final exam for certification.

Program approved for 12 hours ARPAS CEU’s and pending Georgia Veterinary CEU’s.

Participation Details

Register by February 20, 2024 at the UGA DestinyOne event link found in this calendar item.

Contact: Robyn Stewart




Northwest District Youth Ranch Horse Riding Clinic

March 30, 2024 | The Newton County Agricultural Center

More details to be announced.

Northwest District 4-H and FFA Ranch Horse Judging Clinic

March 30, 2024 | The Newton County Agricultural Center

More details to be announced.

4-H Horse Judging and Hippology

April 20, 2024|

The 2024 State Horse Judging Contest is scheduled for April 20, 2024, at the UGA Animal & Dairy Science Arena to be held in conjunction with the State Hippology Contest.

Athens Area Horse Community Calendar of Events

Find out about equine-related events happening in and around the Athens Area.