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John Blackburn to Appear at the Maryland Horse World Expo

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Blackburn Architects
Release Date: 2014-01-15

The Author of Healthy Stables by Design to Speak on Building Your Barn to Keep Costs Down

Timonium, MD– January 15, 2014 – Award winning author of Healthy Stables by Design and founder of Blackburn Architects, John Blackburn, will speak at the Horse World Expo in Timonium, MD, from 12:30-2 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014.  Blackburn will be a part of a panel discussion on building and designing barns to minimize costs and maximize enjoyment and profit.  

The seminar is sponsored by The Equirey, a well-known media outlet and source for horse information in Maryland and beyond. Blackburn will discuss how state-of-art design can help foster healthier horses and thus lower vet bills.

“John’s book is one of the inspirations for the session,” said Crystal B. Kimball, Publisher of The Equirey. “As a publisher of a horse magazine, I hear lots of chatter about horses with respiratory issues.”

Blackburn’s barns are built to maximize healthy airflow in such a way as to keep horses from breathing in pathogens and bacteria, keeping them healthier. He also incorporates the use of natural light to reduce the use of electricity and risk of fire. As a part of the expert panel, Blackburn will share the expertise from his 35 years of designing and building equestrian facilities.   

Other panel discussion topics will include:

  • How to incorporate certain features in barn design that help reduce insurance costs while minimizing labor costs and increasing efficiency.
  • How barn owners can incorporate the principals of “going green” without increasing costs.
  • How to build a beautiful barn that also improves the balance sheet by reducing operating costs (health, insurance, energy, labor) in one or more ways.

“I look forward to our panel at the Horse World Expo,” said Blackburn. “I will focus on how to plan your barn to keep your horses healthy, and reducing costs in a number of ways.”

Fast Facts:

What: Horse World Expo The Equiery Business Seminar: Design Your Barn to Minimize Costs, Maximize Enjoyment &Profit

When: Friday, January 17, 2014 from 12:30-2 p.m.

Where: Horse World Expo

Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093

Seminar Hall B Cow Palace – North Hall

Directions: From Maryland Interstate 83, take exit 17, making a right off of the exit ramp and follow the signs to the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Interstate 83 is easily accessible from many points including Interstate 95 via the Baltimore Beltway - Route 695 East and Route 70 via the Baltimore Beltway - Route 695 West.

About Healthy Stables By Design by John Blackburn with Beth Herman
Healthy Stables by Design is a museum-quality coffee table book that illustrates Blackburn’s approach to equestrian architecture through dramatic photography and compelling writing.

It introduces the concepts of aerodynamic ventilation, strategic natural light and passive solar heating and cooling into significant horse barn designs ranging from exquisite to functional.

Healthy Stables by Design Tour
Blackburn has been on an extensive tour of the country to celebrate the launch of his book, Healthy Stables by Design. He has traveled to many of the farms featured in the book for private signing events and has made public appearances at bookshops, museums, equestrian venues and major horse shows. Blackburn was also asked to participate in the prestigious National Press Club Book Fair presented by Politics & Prose, an active and well-known Washington, D.C. bookseller.

All author profits from the sale of Healthy Stables by Design have and will continue to be donated to various equine charities including Hooved Animal Humane Society, PATH International’s Wounded Warrior Project, Reins Therapeutic Riding Program, The Equine Rescue League and many more. Blackburn completed a total of 18 events in two months and sold over 200 copies of the book, raising over $7,000 for various horse charities.

About John Blackburn
John Blackburn serves as the President and Senior Principal of Blackburn Architects, a Washington, D.C., firm. He has 35 years of expertise in architecture and 30 years of work focusing specifically on equestrian architecture with more than 160 horse farm designs to his credit. His award-winning work is widely known for its beauty, functionality and sustainability.

Blackburn has built facilities for racing, polo, dressage, hunters and jumpers and Quarter Horses in a variety of climates and evolving site conditions and he has been featured in dozens of equestrian, architecture and luxury lifestyle publications.

Click here to learn more about Blackburn Architects.

For more about Healthy Stables by Design, by John Blackburn click here

Click here to order Healthy Stables by Design by John Blackburn with Beth Herman. All author proceeds donated to equine charities.




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