Women Managing Horses

January 27, February 17, February 24 and March 3, 2022 | Cherokee, Iowa

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.  

Date Presentation
January 27 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 17

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

  Marketing Strategies - Bobbi Finarty, director, Hardin County Extension and Outreach
February 24 Insurance, Liability and the Horse Business - Denise Steffens, Farm Bureau
  Designing Health Care Programs - Lisa Livermore, Valley Vet
March 3

Evaluating Rations for Horses - Peggy Auwerda, Extension equine specialist

  Forages for Horses - Beth Doran, Extension beef field specialist


January 27, February 17, February 24 and March 3, 2022
A light meal served at 5:30 PM. Program begins at 6:00 PM and concludes at 8:00 PM each meeting.


Cherokee County Extension and Outreach
209 Centennial Dr
Cherokee, Iowa 51012


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Registration, prior to midnight, January 25, 2022

Registration includes course materials and meals.


  • Registration deadline is midnight, January 25, 2022. 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
extension equine specialist

Jennifer Gaydo

Jennifer Gaydo
ag program coordinator