The Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council will have its first meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 22 in Frankfort.
The council, which was created by the General Assembly earlier this year, will advise the newly formed Livestock Care Standards Commission on horse-related issues.
The tentative agenda has the 15-member board selecting its chair at the organization meeting, which will be at the Commissioner of Agriculture's office, 111 Corporate Drive. The meeting is open to the public.
Members of the board include the chairs of the House and Senate standing committees on agriculture, who are non-voting members; the commissioner of agriculture; the state veterinarian; a member of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Equine Initiative; a member of the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program; a representative of three other state school equine programs; the head of one of the two state livestock labs; and seven people appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear.
They are: Alex Barnett of Cynthiana, a farmer, representing Kentucky Farm Bureau; Dr. Dwayne Marcum of Versailles, a veterinarian, representing the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Alliance; Dr. Jeremy Whitman of Georgetown, a veterinarian; Esther "Essie" Rogers of Harrodsburg, representing the Kentucky Horse Council; Michael Blowen of Georgetown, founder and president of Old Friends Inc., representing organized horse rescues; Mary Ann Ellison of Mayfield, co-owner of Smith's Supermarket Inc., member at large and Robert L. Coleman of Olive Hill, a private investor, member at large.