Milky Way Farm hosts CTFMA/CTBA Autumn Equine Fair

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The California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association and the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association collaborated on an Autumn Equine Fair which was held Oct. 12 at Milky Way Farm in Temecula.

“It went really well,” Linda Madsen, Milky Way Farm owner and CTFMA vice president, said.

The Autumn Equine Fair included workshop sessions as well as a tour of the stallions, and 148 people attended the event.

“We had a really good turnout,” Madsen said.

The seminar portion included 17 presentations.

“There was a variety of speakers,” Madsen said.

“I think that it went really well. It was our first time putting on a seminar like this,” CTFMA president Lita Tabish said.

The CTFMA had not previously had a business seminar.

“I think it went off really nicely,” Tabish said.

In the past, the CTFMA has had tours of stallion farms.

“We decided to do something different this year,” Tabish said.

Madsen gave one of the presentations, which was called “Stallion Management and Promotion.” Milky Way Farm manager John Alvira gave a presentation called “Sales Prep for Weanlings.”

Renee Beckwith of Aguanga presented the workshop, “The Benefits of Feeding Fodder.” Temecula’s Jeremy Duke gave the “Horse Evacuation Planning” presentation. Temecula veterinarian Celeste Spini had a workshop titled “Broodmare 101.”

Menifee farrier Arturo Chavez spoke somewhat during the presentation “Farrier Fundamentals,” although that was primarily a demonstration.

“People were enjoying it,” Madsen said.

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