Equine Educational Event Recap

Dec 01, 2022

Joel Edge
Purina Sales Specialist

Key Cooperative served as host for a successful Equine Educational Event (E3) on Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2 at the Ellsworth Equestrian Center on the Hamilton Campus of Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. Key Cooperative customers, Ellsworth students, and staff were in attendance. 

Activities kicked off on Tuesday morning with a horse training demonstration and driving clinic featuring Key customer and local Purina Ambassador Raymond Helmuth. Raymond recently competed for Team USA at the World Equestrian Driving Competition in France and is one of the leading competitive drivers and trainers in the nation. Raymond’s demonstration was both educational and entertaining.  
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Pictured: Raymond Helmuth presented a horse training demonstration and driving clinic. 

A roundtable discussion took place on Tuesday night. Four Key customers (and local Purina ambassadors) led the activity by explaining their horse operations in detail, exchanging industry relevant ideas, and discussing topics with attendees. Those who helped lead the roundtable include:
          Raymond Helmuth, Helmuth Equine in Cambridge, IA
          Duane and Connie Roland, Roland Standardbreds in Grinnell, IA
          Nikki Ferwerda, Iowa State University Horse Barn in Ames, IA
          Roy Miller, Summit Farms in Hubbard, IA
          Local Ambassadors Jody Hepler Bardole from Hampton, IA, and Ashley McLaughlin of Mingo, IA were also featured.
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Pictured: Local Purina Ambassadors who led the Roundtable Discussion; the E3 event attendees. 
Wednesday’s agenda provided an abundance of equine nutritional information as attendees heard from Dr. Kelly Vineyard, Senior Nutritionist at Purina Technical Solutions. She spoke about the Purina Research Farm, Feeding the Equine Athlete for Optimal performance, and Getting a Great Start: Feeding the Broodmare and Growing Horse.

The Key Cooperative E3 event was hosted by Purina Sales Specialist, Joel Edge, Lifestyle Feeds Sales Specialist, Ceara Smothers, and customer service representative, Kelcie Bohning. Thank you to all who attended this event!

Be watching for similar Lifestyle feeds events in the future!

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Pictured: Dr. Kelly Vineyard speaking to attendees; Key Cooperative feed respresentatives Ceara, Joel, and Kelcie. 

If you missed this year's Equine Educational Event and would like to learn more about equine nutrition or be informed of future events, contact: 
Ceara Smothers
Lifestyle Feeds Sales Specialist 

Kelcie Bohning
Key Cooperative, Gilbert Location

Joel Edge
Purina Sales Specialist

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