2019 Annual Meeting Speakers
Horses Empower Youth - Mckenna Johnson, Emma Krashner, Mattie Johnson
Horses empower Youth by giving kids experiences that they wouldn’t be given otherwise. Also, horse riding is a good way to show and teach kids about responsibility. Horses help to build people’s confidence. Riding horses is a good way to build your patience up as well. We have made many lifelong friends through horse riding. Horse riding has taught us many life lessons that have helped us grow up into the capable young adults that we are today.
The South Carolina Forage and Grazing Lands Coalition is a member-driven group focused on soil health and pasture productivity for SC livestock producers and owners. Our motto is "Sustainable Grazing Lands: Providing a Healthy Environment."
We provide educational opportunities through on-farm demonstrations, workshops, regional meetings, networking, our website at scforage.org, social media and other means.
We are an affiliate of the American Forage and Grasslands Council and the National Grazing Lands Coalition. Our partners include the National Resource and Conservation Service, Clemson University, the SC Department of Natural Resources and the SC Association of Conservation Districts.
Extended Equine CVI -Sean Eastman DVM, Director of Field Services, Animal Health Programs Clemson Livestock Poultry Health
Sean Eastman, DVM is currently the Director of Field Services for Clemson Livestock Poultry Health (State Veterinarian’s Office). He oversees the Livestock Inspectors, who serve all the Livestock Markets in South Carolina, monitoring livestock that move through the markets and also improving traceability in the case of a foreign disease outbreak, or reportable diseases that might pop up.
Prior to coming to LPH, Dr. Eastman practiced equine medicine for 21 years, in various locations across the country. From the Mid-Atlantic states of VA, NC, and SC, to Montana and New Mexico. Specializing in the Western Performance Horse, Dr. Eastman has worked on a wide variety of equines from trail horses, to ranch horses, to NFR horses.
He and his wife Sarah, a small animal veterinarian, live in Campobello, SC and enjoy spending time with their horses competing in team roping and cowboy mounted shooting, or relaxing on the trail. https://www.clemson.edu/public/lph/
Friends of Kings Mountain-Steve Broome
FKMSP was formed in January 2009.
Since that first organizational meeting, the membership has grown. Volunteer work days have resulted in cleared trails after numerous storms; grant funds obtained for expansion and improvements in the Apple Road day parking lot; and other related activities, such as building a bridge for the hikers, installing maps and signs on all trails, building new corras in the equestrian parking lot, refurbishing an historical building at the Living History Farm, clearing the main entrance and road of limbs and debris, and helping throughout the entire park in various ways. The general purpose of this organization is to improve and preserve the heritage of Kings Mountain State Park as a vital reminder of the history of South Carolina and as a valuable natural resource for all S.C. citizens and the park’s many visitors. The primary purposes of the Friends are to: (a) support the mission of the Kings Mountain State Park, (b) provide support through partnerships in activities that may include assistance in environmental education, resource management and maintenance, (c) provide volunteer services through financial, staff and program support, and (d) support the park through the promotion of public awareness of the values and benefits of state parks.
This active group has developed into a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, tax-deductible, non-profit public charity. The FKMSP group can ask individuals and corporations for donations for park needs, as government employees are not permitted to do. Join us on our scheduled work days, quarterly meetings, and events. The Friends will be subject in all events to such guidelines and agreements as may be adopted by the South Carolina State Park Service. These purposes are exclusively nonprofit, charitable, educational, and environmental. Open: All content is public. https://friendsofkingsmountainstatepark.org/
SC Upstate Equine Council- Donna Patterson
SCUEC’S VISION: To build upon our existing world class equestrian facilities, promote nature-based programs, and provide equine education.
We are working to become a magnet in the Upstate for all equine activities, and to provide a positive impact improving the quality of life . . . for children and adults!
Beginning in late 2009, a group of citizens with the equestrian interests along with representatives of local governments, Clemson University, other educational institutions, and the Vision Plan leaders from Anderson, Pickens, & Oconee counties, came together to explore a collaboration to increase the importance of the equine presence in this region.
The three counties, with more than 11,000 horses, and an annual economic impact over $63 million, saw the need to expand and improve the facilities at Clemson’s T. Ed Garrison Arena, and some of the adjoining property making Clemson and its surrounding area a premier destination for equine sports competitions and other activities, and create a venue for cross-country and other multi-day competitions. http://scupstateequine.com/
Woods Ferry Horse Trails Association - Ann Ramsey
We are a 501(c)3 organization. Our purpose is to preserve and maintain the horse trails at Woods Ferry under the guidance and direction of Alice Riddle, Park Recreation Director.
Donations and memberships gladly accepted via PayPal at WoodsFerryHorseTrails@outlook.com. $25 for single or family membership.
You can also mail checks payable to Woods Ferry Horse Trails Association c/o Shelley Ehrmanntraut, 2727 Knox Station Rd, Chester, SC 29706 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1771266683108452/