Horses 2017: The Best of the Best

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Jane Burrows
Special Strides

As a graduate of Georgia State University physical therapy program Jane has been in active practice for 42 years. Raised on a farm in Michigan, she began  work with horses under the guidance of her grandfather and his teams of Belgians at the age of two. Recognizing the unique qualities that horses bring to human interactions, she has spent decades learning about them. Combining horses with work in physical therapy provided the framework to explore new areas in biomechanics, sensory integration, and system organization. Along the way she has added to her horse experience with a thorough grounding in barefoot hoof care and natural horsemanship techniques. Jane is currently on staff at Special Strides in Monroe, NJ.

Dr. Hoyt Cheramie
Merial – Equine Specialist

Laurie Condurso-Lane
Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption & Placement, Inc.

Laurie Condurso-Lane has been active in the field of Thoroughbred aftercare retraining adoption and placement for twenty years, focusing on re-homing thoroughbreds after their racing careers have come to an end. Promoting and educating the public on the versatility and usefulness of the thoroughbred breed. Laurie was the co-founder, President and Executive Director of ReRun, Inc. a nationally recognized thoroughbred program who pioneered the idea of race horse adoption in the late 90’s. Since retiring from Rerun Laurie is the current Director and co-founded Monmouth Parks current Thoroughbred aftercare program Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption & Placement, Inc..

Dr. William Day
SUNY Morrisville

Dr. Day is currently teaches courses in Stable Management, Equine Anatomy, Physiology, Reproduction and Training with the equine science and management program at Morrisville State College located in central NY.  He is a Lifetime horseman who has played a wide variety of other professional roles in the horse industry including: Breeding Farm Manager, Researcher, Industry Consultant, Therapeutic Riding Coordinator and Extension Horse Specialist.

Dr. Michael Fugaro
Mountain Pointe Equine

Dr. Fugaro graduated in 1997 from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, is board certified in large animal surgery and is the owner of Mountain Pointe Equine Veterinary Services. He completed a large animal internship at University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada and a large animal surgical residency at Purdue University. Dr. Fugaro provides surgical consultations for multiple veterinarians in the surrounding area of his practice and is the on-call staff surgeon at B.W. Furlong & Associates, located in Oldwick, New Jersey. Previously, Dr. Fugaro was the resident veterinarian and a tenured Full Professor at Centenary University and has also taught adjunctively at Rutgers University in the Animal Science Department. Mountain Pointe Equine Veterinary Services has been in operation since 2010 and offers a multitude of medical and surgical procedures while focusing on advanced diagnostics and therapies for the performance horse.

Dr. Janik Gasiorowski
Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center

Dr. Gasiorowski graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, then a surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. Prior to joining the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center team in 2013, Dr. Gasiorowski worked at the New Bolton Center. Dr. Gasiorowski’s clinical interests include orthopedic and upper respiratory surgery, lameness diagnosis and nuclear scintigraphy.

Dr. Sarah Gold
B.W. Furlong & Associates

Dr. Sarah Gold: Born in Nuremburg, Germany, Dr. Sarah Gold grew up in Suffern, NY and got involved with horses at age nine, when she began riding with Mindy Minetto at Stonehedge Farm. Through her involvement with the training and grooming of horses, she developed a strong background in horsemanship, and decided pursue a career in equine medicine. Sarah graduated cum laude from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 2000 with a degree in Animal Science. While there she was also the captain of the Women’s Varsity Equestrian Team. Dr. Gold was then accepted directly into veterinary school at Cornell University, where her primary interests were sports medicine, reproduction, and pathology, and she graduated there in 2003. She completed a one-year internship at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. Upon completion of her internship in 2005, she then joined B.W. Furlong & Associates with a special interest in regenerative medicine (stem cell, PRP), lameness, and diagnostic imaging. During her time at the practice, she has served as assistant team veterinarian to the United States Eventing Team in numerous national and international competitions, including the 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Equestrian Games. She manages the Equine MRI of New Jersey, Advanced Equine Imaging center in Wellington, FL., as well as the newly opened Furlong Soundness Center, a veterinary run rehabilitation center in NJ.

Laura Kenny
Pennsylvania State University – Cooperative Extension

Mrs. Kenny earned a Master’s degree in Plant Biology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science (Equine Science focus) at Cook College, Rutgers. Her Master’s research focused on the effects of rotational and continuous grazing on horses, pasture condition, and soil properties. As a staff member at Rutgers University, Mrs. Kenny spent 5 years committed to research and outreach projects which benefit the environment and the horse industry. In 2016 she joined an Extension Equine team of professional educators at Penn State, collaborating with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil Conservation Districts, and other partners to provide equine clientele with a unified approach to adopting environmentally sound farm management practices.

Steve Kraus
College of Veterinary Medicine – Cornell University

Steve Kraus has a 50 year career as a farrier, shoeing many breeds and disciplines of horses. For the past 7 years he has been the instructor at the Farrier School at Cornell University, as well as providing all the farrier services for the Equine Hospital there. He has also is the farrier technical consultant for Delta Mustad Hoofcare, the largest producer and marketer of horse nails, horseshoes, and farrier tools in the world. He has provided farrier clinics to farriers, veterinarians and horse owners all over North and South America. When not shoeing he plays outdoor polo and coaches for Cornell’s indoor intercollegiate team. In February of 2016 he was inducted into the International Farriers Hall of Fame.

Dr. Karyn Malinowski
Director of the Equine Science Center – Rutgers University

Dr. Karyn Malinowski, an accomplished equine scientist, is the Founding Director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). She has been a faculty member at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences since 1978 in various roles as an Extension Specialist in Equine Sciences, Animal Sciences Professor and Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension from 2002-2008. Her research and extension programs concentrate on improving the well being and quality of life of the equine athlete while ensuring the vitality and viability of the equine industry, both statewide and nationally. She played a lead role in building the equine science program at Rutgers University and in the formation of the Rutgers Equine Science Center.

Dr. Amelie McAndrews
Garden State Equine Veterinary Dentistry

Growing up as an avid eventer and pony clubber, Dr. Amelie McAndrews received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University. After an internship, she became an equine general practitioner in New Jersey where her case load became increasingly focused on dentistry. In 2015, she took over Dr. David Foster’s dentistry practice, founded Garden State Equine Veterinary Dentistry and then started an equine dentistry residency program at the University of Pennsylvania. She continues to see routine and referral equine dentistry cases in NJ.

Dr. Elias Perris
Elias Perris DVM

Beth Rera
Journeyman Farm

Beth Rera is a lifetime horse woman who started her passion of riding at the age of 8. Owner/Operator of Journeyman Farm and Journeyman Saddle Solutions. Beths resume includes ARIA Certified Riding Instructor in Hunt Seat and Dressage, was a 4-H leader, Pony Club Instructor and MSA trained saddle fitter. Her focus at Journeyman farm is to specialize in a solid riding foundations for riders 6-80 years of age and offers respite care for Thoroughbred Race Horses. In 2011 Beth trained with Master Saddlers Association where she learned how to assess and understand anatomy, gait analysis, static saddle fit, dynamic saddle fit, flocking, ability to analyze fitting problems and make corrections. From 2011-2014 Beth was the Agent for County Saddlery allowing her to improve her skill and work on various levels of horses from pleasure to Grand Prix. Highlighted clients include Betsy Steiner, Margie Engle, Kristin Schmolze, Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol Unit and Pegasus Theraputic Riding Academy . Currently she is working as an Independant Saddler with the ability to do consults on all brands and adjustments on any wool flocked saddle. Colloraboration with Equine Chiropractors, Veterinarians, Trainers and clients to ensure the best possible outcome. Her goal is to provide a service that allows the rider to remain balanced and comfortable while providing the horse an optimum fit allowing him to move freely and efficiently under saddle. Beth lives in Pittsgrove, NJ

Angelo Telatin
Delaware Valley University

Angelo Telatin is a British Horse Society Fellow, Assistant Professor of Equine Science at Delaware Valley University, and board member for the International Society of Equitation Science. Angelo specializes in the application of learning psychology to horse training and has earned his master’s degree in Equine Behavior. In addition to his academic achievements, Angelo is an accomplished rider in both show jumping and dressage, earning many championships himself and now coaches riders of all levels.

Dr. Jeff Thomason
University of Guelph

Dr. Jeff Thomason has devoted his research career to the study of horse legs and feet. From his early work on fossil equid feet to his current studies of the effects of surfaces, his focus has always been on how the limbs and their anatomical parts–bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints–are loaded during locomotion. An understanding of their biomechanics helps explain the unique anatomical structure of the equid limbs that makes horses both proficient and vulnerable in many forms of movement, from racing at high speed or around obstacles, to the coordinated beauty of dressage. In this context, knowledge of the effects on limb loading of factors such as surface properties is key to improving equine performance while reducing the high frequency of limb injuries. Over the years, Dr. Thomason has shared his evolving understanding of limb anatomy and biomechanics with many international audiences, including student and practicing veterinarians, farriers, equine educators, and other participants in the various horse industries. He enjoys trying to make a challenging subject informative, accessible and even enjoyable, with the aim that everyone in each audience will learn at least one piece of new information that will be to the benefit of any horses in their care.

Dr. Karen Waite
Michigan State University

Dr. Karen Waite is the Coordinator of the MSU Horse Management Program  and teaches and advises Equine students in the MSU Department of Animal Science.  Her teaching responsibilities include a variety of equine courses and she is faculty advisor to the MSU Equestrian team and Horsemen’s Association.  Further, Karen is Past-President of the American Youth Horse Council, and Michigan Quarter Horse Association, and is a carded judge with the ABRA and POAC.  Dr. Waite has judged large multi-breed open shows and state fairs around the country, and has a strong appreciation for the benefits of every breed.  With Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and Animal Science, a Master’s Degree in Animal Science with a nutrition emphasis, and a Doctoral degree in Sports Psychology with an emphasis on equestrian sport and activity, Karen is also the creator of the popular equestrian sport blog

Dr. Michael Westendorf
Rutgers University

Dr. Michael Westendorf has been employed as an Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey since 1993.  He provides leadership for statewide nutrient management and animal waste management programs and he carries out an applied research program in the areas of byproduct utilization as animal feed and nutrient management to reduce the effects of animal waste upon the environment.  He also develops educational materials including factsheets, videos, computer programs and online courses for distribution through Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Carissa Wickens
University of Florida

Dr. Carissa Wickens is an Assistant Professor and Extension Equine Specialist at the University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Michigan State University, and completed her PhD in Animal Science at Michigan State University (2009) with emphasis on stereotypic behaviors in horses. Carissa spent one academic year in graduate studies in the Department of Animal Sciences (2003-2004) at Auburn University and conducted a portion of her PhD dissertation research focused on gastric ulceration and gastrin response in crib-biting horses under the supervision of Dr. Cindy McCall. Prior to her position at the University of Florida, Dr. Wickens served as an Assistant Professor and Equine Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware (2009-2013) where she taught undergraduate equine science courses and provided educational resources and programming for Delaware equine owners. Carissa’s extension areas address expanding education experiences in equine behavior and welfare, management, and nutrition. Her specific areas of research include associations between management and stereotypic behaviors in horses, and the relationship between gastrointestinal irritation and the oral stereotypic behavior of crib-biting, air quality with emphasis on ammonia emissions in equine facilities, and human-horse interactions. Dr. Wickens is a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, American Society of Animal Science, Equine Science Society, and the International Society for Applied Ethology. She also currently serves as Honorary Secretary for the International Society for Equitation Science and as a Technical Advisor on the Florida Farm Bureau Equine Advisory Committee.

Dr. Carey Williams
Rutgers University

Carey A. Williams, Ph.D. joined Rutgers University in July 2003 as its Equine Extension Specialist, and Associate Director of Outreach for the Equine Science Center taking an active role in teaching, conducting research and working with the equine and academic communities to ensure the viability of the horse industry in New Jersey.  Wisconsin native, Dr. Williams earned her doctorate degree in animal and poultry sciences (with an emphasis on equine nutrition and exercise physiology) in June 2003 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She holds a master’s degree in equine nutrition, also from Virginia Tech, and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.  At Rutgers, Dr. Williams maintains a herd of Standardbred mares for nutrition, pasture and exercise physiology research. She is performing research on Best Management Practices with horse farms and finding ways for farmers to keep their horse farms and pastures environmentally friendly while maintaining optimal horse health and economic viability.  She is a member of many associations and has been received several awards from these associations including the Northeast Section of the American Society of Animals Science and the American Dairy Science Association’s Outstanding Young Educator award, the Equine Science Society’s Outstanding Young Professional, and most recently the American Society of Animal Science Equine Science Award.  As a hobby she trains and competes with her Thoroughbred mare at various local and regional dressage shows.

Wendy Williams
Author of “The Horse: The History of our Noble Companion”

Award-winning thirty-year science journalist