2009 Horse Breeders & Owners Conference

altIntensive training, frequent competition, and resuming exercise too quickly after a winter lay-up can all have a negative impact on the horse’s ability to fight disease and infection. Proper nutrition is critical for maintaining the immune system. This session will discuss key nutrients, including fatty acids, amino acids, minerals and vitamins, that have potential to enhance immunity in performance horses.

Author - Dr. Lori Warren

Dr. Lori Warren is an equine nutritionist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida. Prior to joining the faculty in Florida, Dr. Warren served as the Equine Extension Specialist at Colorado State University and as the Provincial Horse Specialist in Alberta. She is currently serving on an NRC committee to evaluate the safety of dietary supplements for horses. Dr. Warren received an MS and PhD in equine nutrition and exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky.


Temperament is one of the most important traits for buyers and users of horses. Environmental factors contribute to the shaping of behavior and temperament, and this information is important for horse owners and breeders establishing horse selection criteria for different acitivities and uses.

Author - Dr. Eva Søndergaard (Denmark)

Dr. Eva Søndergaard has been a scientist at the University of Aarhus since 2003. She graduated in Animal Science from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University,  Copenhagen in 1995 and then worked as a research assistant at the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Søndergaard undertook PhD studies in handling and housing of young horses and, since obtaining her PhD in 2003, has been working on various aspects of equine behaviour and welfare.


altFeatures of the disease and managing an outbreak.

Author - Dr. Stephen Reed (Kentucky)

Dr. Stephen Reed joined the faculty at Ohio State University as an assistant professor in 1983, rising to the title of professor in 1994. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications and is an editor of Equine Internal Medicine, which is about to enter into its third edition. In 2007 Dr. Reed retired from Ohio State University to join Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky as an equine specialist.


altFor passionate riders attempting to better their horsemanship, this session will discuss a fundamental mindset that will free you from human misconceptions and help you understand your horse from his point of view. Learn to shift your focus from accepting movement to receiving yield.

Author - Josh Nichol

Josh Nichol’s development of an extensive understanding of the horse, and of the horse/human relationship, has allowed him to help people in many disciplines. He excels as a horseman and educator; his sold out clinic schedule will attest to this. Josh’s philosophies have appeared in equine magazines such as Western Horse Review, Equus and, most recently, HorseCare. In the words of Deb Bennett, “Go see Josh Nichol!”


altPrevalence, predisposing factors, diagnosis and treatment of EGUS (Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome).

Author - Dr. Fernando J. Marqués

Dr. Marqués was a successful equine practitioner for more than fifteen years in Argentina, focusing primarily in the areas of theriogenology, neonatology, and sports medicine on very well established Thoroughbred stud farms and equine facilities. In 2005, he completed his board certification in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2006, Dr. Marqués has held the position of Associate Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.


altMost horse owners continue to use worm control programs for horses that were developed decades ago and are based on knowledge that is 30-40 years old.  In this presentation, Dr. Kaplan introduces a new approach to parasite control in horses that is based on the most up-to-date information and the principles of evidence-based medicine.   

Author - Dr. Ray Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan is an Associate Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, where he teaches and performs research in veterinary and human medical parasitology and is director of the Athens Parasitology Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Kaplan received his DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked as a clinical veterinarian in a mixed-species private practice in Pennsylvania before attending the University of Florida where he earned a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology.



altImproving riding instruction through better teaching techniques. Emphasis on group riding and on the learning styles of different levels and ages.

Author - Tara Gamble

Tara Gamble has over 17 years of industry teaching experience instructing Western, English and jumping students. She is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certified Master Clinic Instructor and was awarded Clinic Instructor of the Year in 2006. She is a certified Site Visitor and Site Visitor Trainer, used for the accreditation of equestrian facilities. Tara was recently designated a professional horseman with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). 


An update on the issue of biosecurity as it relates to the average horse owner.

Author - Dr. Darrell Dalton

Dr. Darrell Dalton was born and raised in Calgary and has owned horses since 1969. After graduating from WCVM in 1980 he operated a Standardbred race horse practice in Calgary and Edmonton for six years, and then moved to Red Deer to open a pleasure horse practice. Dr. Dalton retired from practice in 2007 and currently serves as Deputy Registrar for the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.


altIn this talk Dr. Clayton will describe the latest research findings from the McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University, including studies describing the effects of physical therapy and rehabilitation in horses, the development of gaits and balance in foals, and measurements of saddle pressure and rein tension.

Author - Dr. Hilary Clayton

Dr. Hilary Clayton is a veterinarian, researcher and trainer. Her research interests are in equine sport sciences, especially biomechanics and conditioning of sport horses, and the interaction between rider and horse. She has competed successfully in many equestrian sports and is currently competing at the Grand Prix level in dressage. She has earned USDF gold, silver and bronze medals riding a horse bred by Michigan State University.


altThis talk will describe a series of exercises performed from the ground that use the horse’s own muscles to mobilize the intervertebral joints in the neck and back. The exercises strengthen the muscles of the horse’s core and improve the horse’s balance during athletic activity.

Author - Dr. Hilary Clayton

 Dr. Hilary Clayton is a veterinarian, researcher and trainer. Her research interests are in equine sport sciences, especially biomechanics and conditioning of sport horses, and the interaction between rider and horse. She has competed successfully in many equestrian sports and is currently competing at the Grand Prix level in dressage. She has earned USDF gold, silver and bronze medals riding a horse bred by Michigan State University.


How the foot develops internally in order to support the various loads being imposed upon it.

Author - Dr. Robert Bowker

Robert Bowker obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and then his PhD studying sleep physiology. He worked with several different universities before settling down at Michigan State University where he became interested in the horse’s foot. His current interests are the biology of the equine foot and its adaptive capabilities, and how to improve its health and proper functioning in the environment.


Basic dental care for horses at different stages of life. 

Author - Dr. Roxy Bell

Roxy Bell is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. After an internship in California, she returned to Saskatoon as an instuctor from 1976 to 1979 and again from 1982 to 1990. She has a Masters degree in equine reproduction and Diplomate status with the American College of Theriogenologists. Aside from professorship at WCVM, Roxy has practised in New Zealand, Westlock, Lloydminster and currently co-owns an equine practice in Wetaskiwin, Alberta with her husband Dave.



Alberta is home to enormous trail riding opportunities and knowing where to go and how to prepare are key. Learn about some of Alberta’s best horseback day trips and what you should know before you hit the trail.

Author - Pam Asheton

Pam Asheton began riding in Germany and France at the age of 11, later obtaining her instructor’s ticket with the British Horse Society, coaching riders at the national and European qualifier levels. Now a resident of the Cochrane, Alberta area, Pam Asheton’s Alberta Backcountry Equestrian One Day Trail Guide, just recently published, has received rave reviews from top equestrian publishers and journalists.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   www.pamasheton.ca 


altA discussion on equitation at a variety of levels, from novice to medals, from the judge’s perspective. Form vs function, major and minor faults, and how a rider can leave the best impression on the judge.

Author - Linda Allen

Linda Allen is an Olympic course designer and an internationally recognized clinician on riding, show jumping, and course design. She is a former rider for the United States and designed the show-jumping courses for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as for other major international competitions. She is a licensed judge and a columnist for The Chronicle of the Horse. Linda is the author of 101 Jumping Exercises for Horse and Rider.



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