Women Managing Horses

February 18, February 25, March 4 and March 11, 2021 | Spencer, Iowa or online via Zoom

A four-session online course focusing on equine management decisions.

Whether women just want to learn more about Iowa’s equine industry, or need to find more profitability from their equine business, this course offers something for everyone. Sessions cover feed, labor, facility and risk protection decisions. In addition, managing land, water and manure resources will be discussed. Women will discuss the challenges in bringing horses to market and calculate the true costs of production. Along the way, women will access importance resources and network with other women seeking to start or grow their horse business. Tools and resources will be provided to help women consider important management decisions. Women of all ages and experience levels will benefit from the course.

The outcome is designed to allow women to manage financial, marketing and production risks of their horse businesses leading to better business outcomes; which contributes to stronger rural economies, improved land management, and equine welfare.  

COVID-19 Precautions

We are prioritizing the health and safety of Iowans and are following the most current federal, state, local, and university COVID-19 guidelines. Visit Open for Iowa to learn our protocols to keep Iowans healthy and safe. Cloth face coverings are required while attending this event. 
Date Presentation
February 18 Introduction to Women Managing Horses - Peggy Auwerda, Extension equine specialist
  Managing Finances for Equine Farms and Programs - Kelvin Leibold, Extension farm management field specialist
February 25

Horse Facilities and Environmental Management -Peggy Auwerda, Extension equine specialist

  Marketing Strategies - Bobbi Finarty, director, Hardin County Extension and Outreach
March 4 Insurance, Liability and the Horse Business - Wade Ellerbroek, Ellerbroek and Associates
  Designing Health Care Programs - Dr. Loretta Berkland, Sibley Veterinary Clinic
March 11

Evaluating Rations for Horses - Peggy Auwerda, Extension equine specialist

  Forages for Horses - Beth Doran, Extension beef field specialist


February 18, February 25, March 4 and March 11, 2021
Program begins at 6:00 PM and concludes at 9:00 PM.


Course participants have the option of attending in person in Spenceer or online via Zoom. Please indicate your preference when registering.

Grace United Methodist Church
311 2nd Ave
Spencer, Iowa 51301


Iowa Horse Council

Farm Credit Services




Registration, prior to midnight, February 11, 2021

Registration includes course materials.


  • Registration deadline is midnight, February 11 2021. Pre-registration is required.
  • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering
  • To cancel your registration, or for assistance with registration, receipts, or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at anr@iastate.edu.


Peggy Auwerda

Peggy Auwerda
Equine Extension and Outreach Specialist

Amy Forrette

Amy Forrette
Ag Program Coordinator