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Leadership of UK Ag Equine Programs transitions to MacLeod PAGE 6

A familiar face is taking the leadership reins of University of Kentucky’s Ag Equine Programs. James N. MacLeod, Elizabeth A. Knight Chair within the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, is the program’s new director — a repeat performance.

Revamped UK Equine Career & Opportunity Fair successfully pairs students with prospective employers PAGE 7

More than 260 students from nine colleges and universities and five Lexington area high schools turned out to the annual Career and Opportunity Fair Oct. 2.

Equine Industry Encounter PAGE 10

Thirty students attended UK’s Equine Industry Encounter the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 24. Participants explored various internships, volunteer and job opportunities KHP and Central KY Riding for hope have to offer.

Clubs and Teams Updates PAGE 16

See updates from the Dressage, Eventing, Rodeo, Saddle Seat and Western Equestrian teams.

U PC O M IN G E V ENTS AND I MPORTAN T DEADLINES • Nov. 2: UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Scholorship Luncheon • Dec. 12: Equine Intership Showcase • Dec. 16-20: Finals Week

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Walking across the stage at Rupp Arena with a diploma in my hand ended the college chapter of my life – while starting the next life chapter as a University of Kentucky Alum. Living in the Horse Capital of the World has given me so many unique opportunities, and now I have the opportunity to pay it forward to future generations through the UK College of Agriculture Equine Affiliate Alumni Network. Our organization meets quarterly to plan networking events, social gatherings and fundraisers that support the Equine Science and Management major. Our most recent event was a huge success – UK Equine Trivia Night hosted at Blue Stallion Brewery. More than 650 people responded on social media, 37 teams participated and 160 people attended. A committee from EQAAN planned this event to inform both the equine community and UK Alumni about the EQAAN Board as well as provide ways for those interested to get in touch with UK. Our goal is to reach out to those people who were guests at the event and bring them into the association as board members, supporting alumni and friends of the equine community. As volunteer and outreach coordinator for the Kentucky Horse Park, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with UK students regularly. This fall, KHP hosted the UK Equine Encounter, an opportunity for students to explore the park and meet professionals in the industry. The Horse Capital of the World has so much to offer college students today, and I hope I can continue to support future generations of this industry. Go Cats! Annie Martin, ‘15 Volunteer & Outreach Manager Kentucky Horse Park

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Leadership of UK Ag Equine Programs transitions to MacLeod By Holly Wiemers A familiar face is taking the leadership reins of University of Kentucky’s Ag Equine Programs. James N. MacLeod, Elizabeth A. Knight Chair within the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, is the program’s new director — a repeat performance, as he also holds the distinction of being its very first leader shortly after the program’s formation. MacLeod assumed leadership Oct. 1 from Mick Peterson, faculty member with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, who is transitioning exclusively into an industry-critical role of surface safety research and service. Peterson is considered the world’s leading expert on track surfaces and surface testing and has spent the past several decades of his career implementing a robust surface monitoring and testing program. With the recent announcement of funding by The Jockey Club, Peterson will now focus on enhancing current testing capabilities and in building a research program at UK devoted to surface safety advancements, including efforts that will come from the recently-announced National Thoroughbred Racing Association grant. MacLeod, who previously served as UK Ag Equine Programs director from 2008-2011, is also the director of the UK Equestrian Sports Research Initiative. He leads the Gluck Center’s musculoskeletal laboratory, work he’s done over the past 16 years. His laboratory has gained national recognition in studying cartilage cell biology and through contributions to the equine genome project, focusing on the growth and maturation of articular cartilage, development and progression of osteoarthritis and the repair of articular lesions. "Academically and geographically, the University of Kentucky has every opportunity for continued national and international leadership in areas of equine science and scholarship. I am honored to serve as director of Ag Equine Programs,” MacLeod said. "UK is quite unique with regard to the breadth and scope of faculty and staff expertise actively participating in equine programs.” “Our college continually strives to provide the very highest caliber of service to our equine industry. We are becoming an equine safety resource to this global industry and consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have top notch faculty like Dr. MacLeod and Dr. Peterson to lead the way,” said Dean Nancy Cox. MacLeod earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and both his clinical doctorate in veterinary medicine and a doctorate in pathology from the University of Pennsylvania. MacLeod served as a regulatory veterinarian for the Delaware Racing Association and has had many productive research collaborations with leading veterinary clinicians over the years. He holds two patents. He was awarded the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in 1998, was co-recipient of the college’s Prestigious Research Paper Award in 2009, served on the Morris Animal Foundation, Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board from 2012-2015 and is currently on the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board. MacLeod also co-teaches the capstone class within the Equine Science and Management undergraduate degree program. He currently advises four graduate students and a post-doctoral scholar in the Gluck Center.

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Revamped UK Equine Career and Opportunity Fair successfully pairs students with prospective employers By Holly Wiemers More than 260 students from nine colleges and universities and five Lexington area high schools turned out to the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs’ annual Career and Opportunity Fair Oct. 2 in the Woodford Reserve Room of Kroger Field. During the event, students networked with 45 different organizations about current and future opportunities. “Over the past year, we have been really intentional about growing our students’ capacity for becoming professionals within the equine industry. Through curriculum changes and more networking opportunities, we are trying to help grow our students as the next round of leaders to move this industry forward,” said Savannah Robin, internship coordinator. “I believe our students rose to the challenge and showed up and displayed their passion, purpose and professionalism.” Robin stressed the importance of networking and being ready for opportunities when they present themselves. “The equine industry thrives on networking, and the professionals the students met during the fair may not have had a job posted at that moment, but they will be hiring in the future, or be a connection to someone who is hiring down the road,” she said. “We are trying to emphasize to our students the value of these events doesn’t necessarily come from getting a job offer onsite, but rather building genuine relationships that will help them advance in the future.” An annual event for the past 10 years, this year’s fair was significantly revamped from previous iterations. It was determined that the event had outgrown previous locations, and that moving it to the fall better aligned with the College’s career preparations for students. Additionally, the fair was opened up to more area students, including high school students interested in working in the equine industry, and more emphasis was given to preparing students to put their best foot forward during the event, thus maximizing their interactions with prospective employers. “Our team was very intentional about the redesign of this fair. The Equine Career and Opportunity Fair had been a great tradition over the past decade and this year it was time to change continued on page 8...

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things up a bit,” Robin said. “The new format allowed for more intentional tabling time with employers for students and more pre-fair preparation. We hosted a series of professionalism seminars on communication and networking, met one-on-one with students to do resume preparation and developed class materials to help prepare students in advance for the event. We partnered with UK’s Center for Student Success to identify the biggest ‘pre-fair’ professionalism needs and they helped us to facilitate this great event. “We are so thankful to the industry partners that came together to attend this event, give our new format a chance at success and will hopefully make plans to join us again in 2020. The employers who attended were there to give back to this industry through offering opportunities for jobs and even some had great advice for students on exploring careers in certain areas,” she continued. Two universities partnered with UK for the event, with the University of Louisville as a co-sponsor and Morehead State University as a participating university partner. Participating organizations at the fair included: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

American Saddlebred Horse Association Amplify Any Day Now Farm Asbury University Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation Central Kentucky Riding for Hope Coolmore America Dechra Veterinary Products PLC Equine Medical Associates, PSC Frankfort Park Farm Freelance Thoroughbred Employment Godolphin Grand Slam Social Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Hooves of Hope Equestrian Center, Inc. Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Kentucky Equine Adoption Center Kentucky Equine Management Internship Kentucky Horse Park KESMARC Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass McMahon and Hill Bloodstock, LLC McPeek Racing

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Miramonte Equine Morehead State University New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Reins of Freedom Spy Coast Farm Taylor Made Sales Agency, Inc. The American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation The Jockey Club The United States Pony Club Thrive Animal Health UK Pasture Evaluation Program United States Hunter Jumper Association University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science University of Louisville Zoetis Photos by Stephen Patton, Seth Riker and Holly Wiemers.

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Equine Industry Encounter Thirty students attended UK’s Equine Industry Encounter the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 24. Participants explored various internships, volunteer and job opportunities KHP and Central KY Riding for hope have to offer. Students also heard from Equine Science & Management Junior Chrissy Westfall about her experiences working at KHP in the Breeds Barn (she’s featured in the bottom picture riding the Shire in the Parade of Breeds.)

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Experience Equine Day UK welcomed 45 future Wildcats to campus Oct. 18 for Experience Equine Day to learn about all things equine at UK. The day included industry tours at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Spendthrift Farm’s stallion facilities and UK’s Maine Chance Farm. Participants then got a chance to ask questions of the program’s Wildcat Wrangler student team. The event also included interaction with equine program alums and program faculty and staff during a networking lunch.

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UK Ag Equine Programs Participates at Retired Racehorse Project

UK Ag Equine Programs participated as a vendor and educational sponsor during the Thoroughbred Makeover’s Retired Racehorse Project Oct. 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park. UK Ag Equine Programs participated with a booth at the trade fair and also featured three speakers from UK during educational sessions on Oct. 4. Faculty members Laurie Lawrence and Fernanda Camargo, from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, spoke about nutrition, and Emma Adam, extension veterinarian from the Department of Veterinary Science, spoke about pre-purchase exams.

Left to right, Holly Wiemers, Camille Camp and Mackenzie Johnson greet a special visitor at their booth.

UK’s Laurie Lawrence (middle) and Fernanda Camargo (right) share information during a nutrition panel.

Wildcat Wrangler Grace Camp works the UK Ag Equine Programs’ booth.

UK’s Emma Adam (middle) shares information during an educational panel about pre-purchase exams.

Photo by Anne Litz, provided by Retired Racehorse Project.

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FEAT U R E STORY

Keeneland Library, UK’s Louie B. Nunn Center partner for project to gather stories of Kentucky’s horsemen By Whitney Hale, Amy Gregory and Amy Owens Source: KY Forward

Kentucky is home to many of the world’s leading horsemen — individuals who have shaped the global Thoroughbred industry as we know it today. To capture their treasured stories and preserve and promote them for future generations, Keeneland Library, University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN) have launched a new initiative titled Life’s Work Oral History Project. Life’s Work features video and oral interviews from prominent figures in the equine industry whose passion and livelihood have been devoted to the Thoroughbred. Conducted by respected journalist Chris McGrath and filmed by Keeneland Broadcast Services, the interviews began appearing this August as monthly feature articles in TDN and TDN Look, as well as a feature video series. To date, installments have featured Claiborne Farm’s Seth Hancock and Darby Dan’s John Phillips. Continue reading this story here.

Bluegrass Equine Digest Check out the October issue of the Bluegrass Equine Digest, a free, monthly electronic newsletter dedicated to providing up-to-date information on equine research from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in collaboration with TheHorse. com and sponsored by Zoetis. Click here to see this month’s stories. • Second Kentucky Horse Confirmed with West Nile Virus • Tips for Preparing Older Horses for Winter • The Grass Guide: Kentucky Bluegrass • Why is my Previously Dewormed Yearling Pooping Parasites?

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CLUB S A N D T E AMS NEWS

Eventing team update:

The UK Eventing Team competed in its first intercollegiate challenge of the season at the Flying Cross Farm Horse Trials in September. The UK White team received first place. The UK Blue team also did very well, finishing in the top five.

Pictured is Jackie Lemastus aboard Exmoor Denver.

Dressage Team update:

We are excited to announce our new officers: Lindsay O’Hara, president; Kristen Steinkamp, vice president; Lauren Underwood, treasurer; and Mary Katherine, secretary. Our biggest year yet, we have almost 30 riders. Our team will have our first IDA show in Otterbein, Ohio, Nov. 16-17. We will also send a group to the team challenge at the Snowbird Dressage Series at the Kentucky Horse Park throughout the winter. We truly appreciate our new facility, PaddleStone Equestrian Center, and our new coach Danielle Ritter.

Pictured is Matty Harrell courtesy of High Time Photography.

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Equestrian Team (Western) update:

UK’s Western Equestrian Team recently earned two reserve high point awards. Additionally the team has a show Nov. 23-24. Photos below are from recent shows.

Rodeo team update:

The UK Rodeo team has had two rodeos so far this semester. The team competed in Livingston, Alabama, Sept. 26-28, and in Sikeston, Missouri, Oct. 3-5. The competing members are Lauren Olsen, Madison Snedigar and Samantha Baker, who will compete in breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing.

Pictured is Lauren Olsen in breakaway roping.

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Saddle Seat team update:

The UK Saddle Seat Team hosted its first ISSRA horse show of the season on Oct. 12. The team also won high point team. One of its members was high point junior champion and another was reserve high point senior champion. The team is hosting a Dance Blue team, if anyone would like to help the them fundraise #ForTheKids.

Lasix: A Necessity for the Sake of Racing By Annie Nichols, Equine Science and Management student Note from editor: An important part of the mission of our program includes undergraduate education, specifically with our Equine Science and Management undergraduate degree program. A new class, taught by Camie Heleski, a faculty member and lecturer within the program, is one designed to introduce and consider complex, provocative, often controversial issues that are current to the equine industry. In EQM 305, “Equine Industry Issues,� students are introduced to topics, hear from speakers, research information and communicate about industry issues in written and oral formats. The course is designed to expose students to current high-profile issues in the industry and encourage them to research and formulate well-communicated opinions about those issues. One avenue made available to this course is publishing some of those stories here. The views expressed are not presented to reflect a specific position held by UK, but rather to illustrate the substance and scope of challenging issues being incorporated as learning opportunities for our students. continued on page 17...

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Furosemide, or Lasix as most of us know it, is the drug that is used to treat exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhages (EIPH) in horses. The term “bleeder” is another, more common way to refer to an EIPH horse. In light of the recent events that have placed extreme scrutiny on the Thoroughbred racing industry, it is vital that we touch on the importance of Lasix as a race day medication. Horses are incredible athletes, and part of what gives them their extreme athleticism is their enlarged spleen. Extra red blood cells are stored in the spleen, and when the “fight or flight” response is kicked off in the brain of the horse, the spleen is immediately able to contract, thus releasing more red blood cells to heighten oxygen carrying capacity into the bloodstream that will be pumped and distributed by the heart. When horses undergo extreme levels of exercise, their blood pressure spikes up, and more and more blood needs to be pumped into the heart as respiration rates increase. When this happens, the extreme blood pressure, along with the negative pressure caused by rapid inhalation by the horse, can cause small pulmonary capillaries in the lungs of the horse to be more prone to rupture; subsequently, a leakage of blood into the airway may occur. Lasix works as a potent diuretic. “It decreases hydrostatic pressure of the lungs, ultimately decreasing the amount of blood plasma volume in the horse by utilizing increased sodium levels to draw out unwanted fluids from interstitial spaces. The result is that the excess sodium and water in the cell/tissue spaces are flushed out of the horse through frequent urination, effectively lowering blood pressure,” said veterinarian Jimmy Redmon. The only perceived downside of utilizing Lasix as the main treatment for EIPH cases are the possible side effects. “The only real side effect of Lasix is possible temporary dehydration caused by electrolyte imbalance,” Redmon said, including the potential for muscle spasms to occur. He emphasizes, however, that these side-effects are rarely the case. “There are really no long-term effects of this drug.” An EIPH horse is normally diagnosed through an endoscopic examination. Following exercise, a scope, which is a long tube with a small camera attached at the end, is passed down through the airway of the horse to examine the trachea, as well as the upper and lower parts of the airway. continued on page 18...

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Historically, bleeders have been diagnosed visually through the presence of blood in the nasal airway. However, because endoscopic examinations are a better, more accurate way of diagnosing EIPH horses, studies have shown that between 90 to 95% of all racehorses experience some sort of bleeding, while only 3-5% display bleeding in nasal passages. The severity of the bleed is determined based on a scale from Grade 1 to Grade 4, with the most severe EIPH cases being Grade 4. “When horses run speeds pushing 35 mph for extended periods of time, six to eight furlongs, or whatever the distance may be, it is inevitable that bleeding is going to occur,” Redmon said. “In the wild, horses will gallop away from danger and stop once they are safe. They are not running at an intense speed for an extensive amount of time.” Lasix is the topic of heated debate today, as a high percentage of the public believes it enhances performance on race day. Many believe that lost water weight due to the administration of Lasix makes it easier for the horse to run, outcompeting the other horses on the track. There is also opposition to the drug becuase other countries around the world do not use Lasix like the U.S. does. Many in the public believe that Lasix is not needed, that it is another thing being injected into racehorses. However, it is important to keep in mind that many other countries only identify a bleeder visually, thus, the number of endoscopic-confirmed EIPH cases would likely be much greater in other countries. Public perception of the Thoroughbred industry is often a sensationalism of events that have occurred at the racetrack. The spike of deaths that happened at Santa Anita racetrack sparked protest and anger toward the racing industry by animal rights activists. The result? Many racetracks are now considering banning Lasix all together. What much of the public does not understand is the true impact banning Lasix will have, not only on the horses racing, but also on the industry itself. Without Lasix, more horses will inevitably bleed. If trainers truly care about their horses, they are not going to let them run if there is no way to stop the bleeding. Severe bleeding not only negatively affects performance, but common sense also says bleeding can flood the airway of the horse, preventing necessary oxygen uptake. If there are no horses, there are no racetracks. Ultimately, racing as we know it would slowly, but eventually come to an unfortunate end. Therefore, we need to look elsewhere for the problem, and starting with Lasix is not the solution. The use of Lasix presents no correlation with breakdown rates. Banning Lasix would begin a spiral downfall of the beloved horse industry, in which the economy of Kentucky is so heavily dependent. It is so vital, for the sake of the overall well-being and health of these horsWI L DCAT CA NT ER | O CT O BER 2019 | 18

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es, and for our economy, that we drive change in areas that truly do need improvement in the industry. If we can prevent EIPH in horses, then we should. “Lasix is certainly the safest and most effective way you’re going to deal with bleeders,” Redmon said. “Reality is, we need it.” References: Cash, Rana L., and Gentry Estes. “What You Need to Know about the Use of Lasix in Horse Racing.” Courier Journal, Louisville Courier Journal, 18 Apr. 2019, www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/horse-racing/2019/04/18/ horse-racing-doping-what-lasix-and-how-used/3495967002/. FLAIR. “Protect from EIPH (Lung Bleeding).” FLAIR Strips, FLAIR, 2019, flairstrips.com/protect-from-eiph-lung-bleeding/. Kentucky Performance Products. “The Importance of a Horse's Spleen: KPP.” Kentucky Performance Products, 4 Aug. 2017, kppusa.com/2014/07/11/importance-horses-spleen/. Marcella, Kenneth. “Furosemide Facts and Fiction.” Veterinary News Dvm 360, MultiMedia Animal Care LLC, 1 Mar. 2013, veterinarynews.dvm360.com/furosemide-facts-and-fiction. Moran, G., and H. Folch. "Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage in Horses - Review." Acta Veterinaria Brno 82.3 (2013): 309-16. Print. Redmon, Dr. Jimmy. Personal interview. 12 October 2019. Sullivan, S., and K. Hinchcliff. "Update on Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage." Veterinary Clinics of North America-Equine Practice 31.1 (2015): 187-+. Print.

Belle C. Gunn First-Year Program welcomes freshmen with tenacity, curiosity and passion Source: UK College of Agriculture, News and Environment news The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently announced a reimagined Living Learning program, the Belle C. Gunn First-Year Program. In 1888, Belle C. Gunn was the first woman to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from what was then known as the State College of Kentucky and is now the University of Kentucky. Beginning in fall semester 2020, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s living learning program, an on-campus residential program, will carry her legacy into the 21st century by offering a unique opportunity for first-time freshmen wanting to apply their passion and determination to today’s challenges. “Gunn had the tenacity to swim against the tide and obtain a degree at a time when college-educated women were rare,” said Megan Tennison, CAFE living learning program coordinator. “It’s fitting for her to be the namesake of our new program. We want students who, like Gunn, are eager to push boundaries and apply their ambition to address 21st century issues.” Grounded in agriculture, similar to Gunn’s Shelby County upbringing, the program introduces students to the interrelated systems of food, economics and environment. All UK students are eligible to join, regardless of their chosen major or college. Depending on their expressed interests, each student will join one of the following tracks: • Food and Health: for students interested in a broad understanding of food, from production to nutrition • Nature and Landscapes: for students interested in environmental and sustainability issues • Family and Community: for students interested in issues facing families, small businesses and local continued on page 20...

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tourism • Livestock and Equine: for students interested in domestic, large-breed animals Beyond track-based courses and activities, students can expect regular, professional development workshops, Lexington outings, social gatherings and community service projects. “If my child were coming to college, I would encourage them to be in a living learning program. I think it’s a great way to integrate yourself into a community inside UK and experience all the university has to offer,” said Carmen Agouridis, CAFE associate dean for instruction. “The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is a family, and we are excited to be able to welcome new students into the fold through this exceptional program and help them navigate that first year at a university. Through all the opportunities available to them, freshmen will also build leadership and critical thinking skills that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.” Students will live in Woodland Glen IV, one of several new residence halls on campus. Institutional research has shown that freshman who select living learning programs have higher grade point averages and are more likely to graduate. LLP students have also expressed a greater sense of belonging to the UK community than those who choose other living arrangements. Students wanting to participate in this program should select “Agriculture, Food and Environment” when completing the housing application at http://uky.edu/housing. Contact Tennison with questions about the program at 859-257-3468 or megan.tennison@uky.edu.

Woodland Glen IV residence Hall on the University of Kentucky campus.

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October 2019 University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs Wildcat Canter  

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October 2019 University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs Wildcat Canter  

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