The Man v. Horse Marathon starts out like a typical cross-country race. Hundreds of runners stream past the starting line, through the town of Llanwrtyd Wells and then up into the Welsh hills.

But 15 minutes later, a second set of competitors takes off. Fifty horses and their riders chase the runners up and down ridges, across streams, and past hundreds of bewildered sheep.

Courtesy of Dr. Shea Porr

WKMS continues a new series of reports called "Racer Scholar Profiles" - highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools. Our guest is Dr. Shea Porr, whose background is nutrition and exercise physiology in horses with the Hutson School of Agriculture's equine program. Dr. Porr speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her work with students, from incorporating social media in the classroom to testing hemp as an alternative to traditional horse bedding.


Murray State's Hutson School of Agriculture teams up with the University of Kentucky agriculture equine program to host A Western Kentucky Equine Farm and Facilities Expo this week Murray State University. The event is open to anyone involved with horses or interested in them. Barn Manager Alysia Conover joins Sounds Good today to talk about the the expo and shares some insight into Murray State's Equine Center.

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HORSES, Inc's name is actually an acronym:  Helping Others Reach Success using Equine Services.  It offers therapeutic horseback riding classes for people with physical, mental or emotional challenges.  Today we meet one of its Board Members, John Maldaner, to speak about the Boots & Bridles Competition Saturday at Carson Park in Paducah.  The all-day event is actually a celebration of the riders with a couple of participation events as well.

Utica, Kentucky, based watercolorist Carole Gordon is among 65 artists who will display and sell a variety of works at the LowerTown Arts and Music Festival in Paducah this weekend. She's a 2001 graduate of Owensboro Community College with a lifelong interest in painting and in horses. Ms. Gordon is an exhibiting member with the Kentucky Arts Council's Kentucky Crafted and Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

New Survey Counts Kentucky Horses

Jun 20, 2012

So just how many horses live in the state that proclaims itself as the world's equine capital?

Track Tech Equine Health

May 11, 2012
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We’re in Triple Crown season with the Preakness next Saturday. Some of the finest equine health care in the world is centered in the Kentucky Bluegrass, and advances in veterinary medicine give those who can afford it an edge at the track. Kentucky Public Radio’s Leslie Guttman reports on how advances in veterinary medicine give those who can afford it an edge at the track.