11/12/2004 1:00AM

Stallions strut their stuff at Ocala


The Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers will host its annual parade of stallions next Sunday at the Ocala Equestrian Complex. The Equestrian complex is adjacent to the north end of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's facilities, across from Ocala Airport.

"No change from previous years," said Debbe Wojack, executive director of the farm managers. "Admission is free, and the stallions can be looked over in the barn area between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Then they will make the short walk to the reviewing pavilion and be introduced."

The Equine Trade Show also begins at 10 a.m., and the silent auction for equine goods and services, with more than 300 items being offered, runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included in the silent auction are 2005 stallion seasons sold on a no-guarantee basis.

"Friday, November 12, was the deadline for entries in the stallion parade, but we always get some past-posters," said Wojack. "So the list of stallions who will participate is subject to last-minute change."

Lou-Roe Farm, a stallion station that has been steadily adding to its inventory, will exhibit seven stallions at the farm managers function. They are Alajwad, Austin Power, Cashel Castle, Gulf Storm, Mr. Livingston, Pure Precision, and Skip to the Stone. Clover Leaf Farms II has announced that it will stand 11 stallions for the coming season. Seasons to all 11 will be offered in the silent auction, and six of these will participate in the parade. They are Florida newcomers Alke, Exploit, Favorite Trick, and Sarava, as well as Honor Glide and Repent.

Some stallions who will not participate in the parade but will have 2005 no-guarantee seasons sold via the silent auction are Graeme Hall, owned by Winding Oaks Farm; Delaware Township and Exchange Rate, both owned by Padua Stables; and Lido Palace, owned by Lambholm South.

Hospital gives horsemen's seminar

Next weekend is also when Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital will hold its annual horsemen's seminar. The seminar begins Saturday at the Ocala Hilton Hotel. The program begins at 8 a.m., with a welcome breakfast hosted by Dr. John L. Peterson, DVM.

Topics to be discussed Saturday morning are twin management (Dr. Phil Matthews), fetal sexing (Dr. Mindy Sharp), hormonal and non-horomonal management of mares (Dr. Ed. Squires), breeding the problem mare (Dr. Allen Riggs), cost and benefit of using Ovuplant (Dr. John Peterson), and success with cold and frozen semen (Dr. Ed Squires).

Following a lunch break, the seminar continues at 2:15 p.m., with tying up in the Thoroughbred (Dr. Stephanie Valberg), newly recognized diseases in young horses (Dr. Ray Rood), periodontal diseases (Dr. Adam Cayot), silicon supplementation (Dr. Nathan Mitts), congenital and acquired limb deformities (Dr. Lonnie Sloan), and colic in the post-foaling broodmare (Dr. Faith Hughes).

The Sunday program begins with an 8:30 breakfast and then covers eight topics ranging from foot care and eye problems to the latest science on diet and tendons.

The deadline for registration to this two-day seminar is Thursday. Registration fees are $75 for one day and $130 for the entire series of lectures. Those wishing to attend should call Peterson and Smith at (352) 237-6151 or e-mail PSEH@petersonsmith.com. The Ocala Hilton is taking reservations at a special rate of $89 per night, but to get this rate, callers must mention the seminar to the hotel clerk.