Management of the Equine Environment

Heath & Disease Prevention

Equine Nutrition

Growth & Development

Functional Anatomy

Exercise Physiology

Equine Business Management

Equine Behaviour

Equine Genetics

Stewardship of the Equine Environment

The Equine Industry

Marketing & Communication in the Equine Industry

Finance & Risk Management

Equine Journalism

Equine Event Management

Peer Helpers

Graduates of the program are invited to assist students as Peer Helpers.

Instructor Bios

Dr. Wendy Brett

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Dr. Wendy Brett has been involved with horses since she was a young girl. After high school, she spent a year in Germany as a working student, returning to Ontario to manage a hunter/jumper/ breeding farm for the next 5 years. She obtained her BSc , and veterinary degree from the University of Guelph, and then worked for a busy equine practitioner, specializing in performance horses and thoroughbred broodmare practice . Wendy returned to OVC to complete a Residency in Equine Surgery before running her own equine ambulatory and surgical clinic. She has spent a number of years in small animal practice, helped coach veterinary students in the clinical communication course, and lectured to foreign veterinarians in the Veterinary Skill Training Enhancement Program. Throughout various career pursuits Wendy continued to ride and show hunters and jumpers, and taught riding. Wendy lives with her family on a small horse farm in Puslinch where she pursues her latest passion: eventing. She is also currently the District Commissioner for the Guelph Pony Club. ‘I thoroughly enjoy teaching at all levels, and continue learning daily from "My Horses, My Teachers."

Dr. Kathleen Cavanagh

Photo of Dr. Kathleen CavanaghAs a horsewoman: worked with horses since I was 9 years old, taught both able-bodied and mentally /physically challenged students, trained horses in my teen years, managed a breeding farm and a pleasure horse barn, had my first horse for 31 years. Currently I am showing primarily in Sport Horse division, Arabian Circuit (hunter, dressage, hack)

As a veterinary educator: currently act as a coach for veterinary student communication skills labs and recently co-authored a textbook. I have written and edited many articles and managed different aspects of educational website/CD development for several clients. In addition to developing comprehensive wellness practice protocols, I have consulted with the CVMA for their online presence to develop a career presentation used across Canada by vets.

Gayle Ecker

Photo of Gayle EckerAt Work: Gayle has been the Senior Manager of Equine Guelph since its inception in 2003, and played an instrumental role in its birth. She has dedicated her energies to advancing the equine industry through education and communications. Gayle created the ‘pyramid of education’ model – an educational approach that provides learning pathways for career development at all levels (youth education > industry skills > Equine Science Certificate > higher education) in the equine industry. In collaboration with the Office of Open learning, Gayle developed the Equine Science Certificate program – an on-line program targeted to the equine industry. She also acts as an instructor in the program.
At Horseplay: Gayle started riding before she could walk! A dappled grey Shetland pony named Pogo was her first mount. Known as the ‘show junkie’, Gayle spent her youth competing at Arabian shows. A former researcher, Gayle’s expertise is in the area of exercise physiology. She has been the Assistant Chef d’Equippe for the Canadian Endurance Team, traveling around the globe with the team to international events like the Pan-Am and World Endurance Championships. These days, Gayle takes pleasure in riding her two Quarter horses through the wooded trails of her country home.

Kathy Fremes

Photo of Kathy FremesKathy Fremes has owned and operated Country Hill Equestrian Centre in Stouffville for over 20 years. She is an English certified coach, trainer and breeder of Canadian Sport Horses. The farm has produced many enthusiastic riders who focus their talents, like its owner, on eventing, but enjoy dressage and other disciplines.

Country Hill has diversified to offer custom rider vacations on its 30-acre home farm. Another offshoot and passion of Kathy's is food. Inspired by the Slow Food movement, Country Hill Cooks! caters to equestrian events, serving up locally produced ingredients, and offers cooking classes on location.

Kathy is the former Chair of the Horse Facilities Advisory Council of the Ontario Equestrian Federation and was on its board since 2005. As such she has been a strong advocate of land stewardship and speaker for Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses workshops -- to assist horse and farm owners in their efforts to reduce their "hoof print" by offering economic and environmentally sound solutions. For her efforts on her own farm, she was awarded the "Just Add Horses" Environmental Award of Excellence.

Kathy's professional background includes 30 years in publishing as an editor-writer for newspapers, newsletters, magazines and books. Frequently interviewed, she has also appeared on radio and television in her role as a spokesperson for horse welfare.

Marjory Gaouette

Photo Marjory Gaouette Marjory is currently the Manager Program Development at Open Learning and Educational Support, University of Guelph, where she has been involved with the development of the Certificate in Equine Business Management. She has been developing and running special events all her life. As a senior member of the planning committees of such large scale events such as the World Age Group Trampoline & AcroSport Games and Canada Summer Games she has experience the challenges of planning and delivering events. Sporting events (national, provincial and regional sanctioned and recreational events), conferences (international), training and learning events (national and local), fairs, festivals (City wide family festival in the park) are just some of the events where Marjory has successfully developed her event planning skills.

Marjory has a BA from McMaster University, B.Ed from the University of Alberta, and a MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph, College of Management and Economics. She is also a part time faculty member at Laurier University teaching organizational leadership. Marjory is relatively new to the equine industry but has long been a parental supporter of her three daughter’s interest in horses and riding.

Dr. Sid Gustafson

Photo of Dr. Sid GustafsonPursuing his lifelong horsemanship interests, Dr Gustafson graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree to specialize in equine sports medicine. His subsequent concern for the mental and physical health challenges that stabling and confinement created for horses led him to the study of equine behavior.
As Equine Studies Program Coordinator for the Natural Horsemanship Program at the University of Montana Western from 2006-2008, Professor Gustafson developed a science-based equine studies curriculum that explored equine behavior and husbandry as well as appropriate contemporary horsemanship. He is currently completing a book on equine behavior and contemporary horse culture to be by published by Eclipse Press entitled The Language of Natural Horsemanship to be released this fall in Lexington, Kentucky.
Sid had the good fortune to be raised with horses in Montana just under the Medicine Line of Alberta, Canada, a country he wandered into horseback often riding with the Blackfeet Indians. He developed an early interest in equine behavior through his exposure to his family’s ranching and horse breeding pursuits, where he was witness to feral horses in natural settings on a regular basis. Sid has raised and trained horses all his life, and continues to do so understanding clearly there is much more to know and appreciate about horses. In addition to consulting and teaching Equine Behavior, Dr Gustafson currently is a seasonal regulatory veterinarian at Finger Lakes Racetrack across Lake Ontario from Guelph in Ontario County, New York, where he represents the horses.

Heather Gentles

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At work: Heather has 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in marketing research and product management. Not only does she have extensive knowledge of the marketing research process but has had the opportunity to conduct primary research putting theory to practice regarding a variety of therapeutic areas and products. She clearly understands the importance of research in marketing. In addition, she has broad experience in product development and product management and has been part of new product launches on a national basis as well as managed products in all stages of their life cycle.

Heather has a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Biology from the University of Northern Arizona and a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and General Management from the Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio. Teaching is another interest that has been practiced in many different venues over the years. For two years she taught at the State University of New York, Cobleskill.

At horseplay: Developing a passion for horses at a young age, Heather has owned and ridden horses “forever”. Growing up she competed in hunter/jumper and dressage classes, fox hunted and tried many other disciplines including helping out on her friend’s working ranch on weekends. She has been involved in the local pony club for the 10 years her daughter was active which was not only enjoyable but a learning experience. She now enjoys working with “Special Friends”, which has a riding program for local disabled young adults. Any other free time is spent trail riding throughout Southwestern Ontario where she now resides.

Brianne Henderson

Bri HendersonI consider myself lucky enough to have been immersed in the equine world since birth. I grew up on an Arabian and Sport Horse breeding/training farm in Niagara, Ontario. My family continues to produce Crabbet Arabian and Arabian/Warmblood crosses for the sports of dressage and endurance. My involvement in the world of endurance racing includes experience as a competitor and a line veterinarian from grass roots to an international level of competition. Most recently I was the Assistant Team Veterinarian for Team Canada at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington Kentucky.

I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I focused my studies on equine sports medicine and surgery. Currently, I am working in mixed practice to gain experience before I begin my training to become an equine surgeon.

My love of the equine athlete and my focused interest in surgery has given me a great love of anatomy and understanding “form to function”. I encourage all horse owners and riders to improve their knowledge of how anatomy and conformation relate to the athletic ability of their animal.

Dr. Jane Kielly

Dr. Jane KiellyDr. Jane Kielly is a graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2000. She has spent 8 years in clinical veterinary practice in the Ottawa Valley focusing in the field of equine medicine and surgery. Her special interests are in equine herd health management, performance horse strength and conditioning, lameness and reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer. She is currently teaching as an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the Ontario Agriculture College, Kemptville campus as well as fulfilling the role of facility veterinarian and exploring research opportunities. Her teaching goal is to incorporate clinical experiences in an interactive environment to further education in equine health and performance.

Mike King

Photo of Mike KingMike King is a General Insurance broker and is owner/operator of Intercity Insurance Services Inc. A lifetime horseman, Mike has owned horses, competed in various disciplines, worked in the industry as a riding instructor, judge and boarding facility manager. Mike is a specialist in insurance products related to the equestrian world and has developed and successfully marketed a wide range of products designed to meet the unique needs of horse people. Risk Management and related education are also areas of interest and activity. Intercity Insurance Services Inc. is the official insurance broker for the Ontario Equestrian Federation and serves over 50,000 clients through various program.

Dr. Mike Lindinger

Photo of Dr. Mike LindingerDr. Mike Lindinger began his training as a comparative animal physiologist during his final two years of undergraduate study at the University of Victoria. His MSc work in the Biology Department of McMaster University involved acid-base and ion transport regulation in amphibians, where he conducted experiments in fish and marine mussels. His focus shifted to mammalian skeletal muscle and human exercise physiology during his PhD research in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. Joining the faculty at the University of Guelph in late 1987, Mike has continued studies of skeletal muscle ion and acid-base regulation using rodent as well as human and equine muscle preparations. Mike’s research in equine exercise physiology began in 1992, with extensive studies on dehydration of endurance horses, development of an oral electrolyte supplement, physiology of heat stress, heat acclimation and exercise, quantification of fluid and electrolyte shifts during exercise and recovery, determination of the origins of acid-base disturbances during exercise, and non-invasive assessment of hydration status in horses.

Kate Morrow

Kate MorrowMy name is Kate Morrow.I spent many years in the animal health pharmaceutical industry. During my career, I worked in sales, marketing, training and sales management. Working in the veterinary medicine field was and remains a privilege. Veterinarians and their staff are kind, smart and quite wonderful people.

My husband and I had a small breeding farm where we raised Standardbreds. Generally, the object of this exercise is speed. Secretly, I bred for smaller heads and pretty faces. Somewhere, we found time to raise our five children. I still have my foundation mare, a beautiful dapple grey with a lovely head and a kind eye. She is enjoying a fine retirement with several other somewhat elderly mares. Currently, I chair an animal care committee and help to facilitate this MEE course.

Doug Nash

Photo of DDoug NashDoug served as farm manager at Glengate (formerly Cantario Farms) for almost 30 years. Glengate consisted of 3 farms, housing 80 - 100 mares, 8 stallions, and yearlings. In addition to servicing 1200 mares annually with their own stallions, Glengate collected, shipped, froze, evaluated, imported and exported semen for 125 to 140 stallions of all breeds and disciplines. Raised near a commercial standardbred breeding farm and local fairgrounds, Doug spent his youth working on the farm and training and racing in Ontario and Michigan. His first love was always the farm and in l974, he took over the management of a farm with 6 stallions and 130 mares. Since that time, he has personally attended over 2500 foalings and witnessed and participated in the evolution of artificial insemination, the freezing of semen and embryo transplants.

Christine Pohlkamp

Photo of Christine PohlkampIn 1989, after 15 years in the private sector Christine left her post as National Training Manager at a large national company to design and facilitate relevant training and organizational development programs for clients in business and government. At that time she formed Nova Training and Consulting. One of her most interesting experiences has been in the creation of her management training and team building workshops using horses as the avenue of learning. Christine also maintains a horse boarding facility and is recently restored the health of an older very sick horse. Her future goals include breeding her Friesian cross filly to another Friesian and creating a beautiful line of horses. As well, Christine acts as an in-house subject expert resource, assisting clients through Return-on -investment evaluations of program, creating customer service strategies, and assisting clients in their time management skills. Christine also creates performance management tools; interview guides, conducts time and motion studies and acts as a mystery shopper.

Dr. Ev. Post

Photo of Dr. Ev. PostDr. Ev. Post grew up with horses and has enjoyed experience in many of the equine disciplines. After graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1997, she moved to England. During the next 5 years, she worked in equine private practice and at the University of Liverpool Large Animal Hospital. She completed a 3-year Equine Surgical Residency with specialization in Orthopedics at that same hospital. Upon moving back to Canada in 2002, she has practiced in the Campbellville, ON area providing first and second opinions for equine cases. She strongly believes continuing education for both the horse owner as well as the veterinarian, coupled with ongoing research are paramount to the welfare of our horses.

Dr. Susan Raymond

Photo of Susan RaymondAt Work: Susan oversees the communications program and is heavily involved in the education programs of Equine Guelph. Susan is the instructor and course co-creator of the Management of the Equine Environment online course, Equine Science Certificate program. Susan has also been the assistant instructor of the Equine Journalism online course, Equine Business Management Certificate program. Formerly, she was involved in air quality research which provided practical recommendations to the horse industry on stable design and management. Susan has completed a PhD, investigating the effects of exposure of horses to mycotoxins.
At Horseplay: Horses are not only part of Susan’s professional life, but are her true passion and take up much of her social life. Susan has had a variety of experiences within the horse industry, from exercising young racehorses to jumping, dressage and trail rides. Most recently, she has had the opportunity to work with endurance horses and has even competed in a number of “ride and ties”.
"I believe that we, as caregivers, hold a tremendous responsibility to our horses. The environment that we create for them has a considerable impact on their welfare, health and performance ability, regardless of discipline. I feel extremely fortunate that, through these industry education programs I am able to combine my love of horses with my interest in communication and education as a career."

Barbara Sheridan

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Barbara is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer and former Associate Editor of HorseCare Magazine. She combines a strong set of communications skills with a sharp creativity and uncanny ability to reach a target audience. She writes on numerous topics, including equine health and horse care, business and personal profiles, veterinary topics, and marketing and business for the equine and agricultural sector. Barbara draws on her 25 years of horse ownership and related experiences as fuel for many of her stories. Since 1999, her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Hobby Farms, Thoroughbred Times, HorseCare Magazine, Horse Canada, Popular Farming, Horse Sport, Canadian Thoroughbred, The Game, The Harness Edge, and Renaissance Magazine.

In addition to her work as an equine journalist, Barbara has also been providing promotional communications for several organizations in the non-profit sector including the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division), Rare Breeds Canada, and the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada.

Linda Slade

Photo of Linda SladeLinda Slade has over twenty (20) years of Human Resources experience in various industries, including both public and private sector organizations. During her career, she has provided comprehensive, senior-level HR consultation and management support in government, industry and the not for profit sectors.

Linda’s expertise is in strategic HR planning, mergers & acquisitions, employee & labour relations, compensation, employee services, recruitment, and HR information systems.

Linda is a graduate of McMaster University, holding both a combined honours B.A. in English and History, and a Master’s degree in History. Linda also has a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from Mohawk College. She is a designated Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) in accordance with the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO).

Dr. Ioana Sonea

Photo of Dr. Ionea SoneaDr. Ioana Sonea practiced equine medicine (racetrack and pleasure horses) until 1983, when she started a residency in Equine internal medicine at Michigan State University. Upon completion of her residency in 1986, she obtained a Ph.D. in Veterinary Anatomy, and worked as an ambulatory clinician for the Equine Field Service at Michigan State University (1990-1994). After teaching comparative veterinary anatomy and physiologyat the Ontario Veterinary College, Ioana returned to Michigan State, where she currently teaches. Ioana continues to visit Guelph each year to co-facilitate the Guided Tour of Equine Anatomy and Advanced Equine Anatomy workshops. In her spare time Dr. Ioana enjoys dog sports and gardening (can't afford a horse, unfortunately). Dr. Sonea will be faciliating our in-person anatomy workshops in 2010 with Dr. Jeff Thomason.

Dr. Jeff Thomason

Photo of Dr. Jeff ThomasonJeff is the Anatomy Professor with Biomedical Sciences. The majority of his time is spent teaching anatomy to the veterinary students at the Ontario Veterinary College and carrying out his internationally recognized research on the form and function of the equine hoof. Jeff is a popular speaker amongst horse owners as he has the ability to “bring the anatomy to life” with his presentations. His seminars are well known for his teaching aids as he brings “bits and pieces” for demonstration purposes to give his audience an in-depth view and understanding of the form and function of the horse. Dr. Thomason also teaches our in person Anatomy workshops.

Nicole Velozo

Nicole VelozoNicole has been widely involved in the business and technology industries for many years dating back as early as her primary and secondary schooling. Being born right into the Technology Revolution and having a strong aptitude for numbers are causes that have driven Nicole to study and work in such areas of IT and Business Management. She is the founder of Phayze Consulting an organization that works with small to medium size businesses in developing and understanding their internal infrastructure that supports their operations. Prior to starting Phayze, Nicole worked in senior management as a Business Director for Summit Achievement, an innovative adventure-based therapy program for teens. She holds a B.S. in Information Technology from Granite State College as well as many continuing education certificates in such areas of Computing and Technology, Web Design and IT Management.
Once Nicole had established her professional career she began to then evolve one of her many passions of becoming an equine breeder. In 2004 she was introduced to Canada’s little known treasure, the endangered Canadian Horse, also known as The Little Iron Horse or Le Cheval Canadien. The more she learned of this breed and it’s strong place in history, it became her pursuit to help promote and preserve this breed. She became actively involved in the Canadian Horse community and is one of the co-founders of New England Cheval Canadien. She currently owns two beautiful Canadian mares that are the foundation for her breeding program.

Amanda Waller

A lifelong rider and horse lover, Dr. Amanda Waller completed a Ph.D. in Equine Exercise Physiology in 2008 at the University of Guelph. Her graduate research focused on skeletal muscle substrate utilization and glycogen resynthesis, and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance during exercise and recovery. Based on her experience in exercise physiology, she wanted to expand her research in the field of muscle and whole-body glucose utilization while applying it to human and equine health. Therefore in 2009 she began her post-doctoral research at Ohio State University, where she is conducting translational research on glucose transport during insulin resistance and diabetes, using both equine and rodent models.

Catherine E. Willson

Photo of Catherine WillsonCatherine was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989 and is the founder of the law firm Willson Lewis LLP located in Toronto, Ontario. Willson Lewis LLP is a litigation boutique firm practicing in the areas of Civil and Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Construction, Family and Equine Law. Catherine is an Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) – Civil Litigation section and the Toronto Construction Association, Chairman of the Risk Management Committee - Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and The Advocates’ Society. She is a regular speaker at legal conferences and writes on legal issues for Horsesport magazine and other publications. She has owned and shown her own horses on the hunter-jumper circuit. Her involvement with horses spans the last 28 years and she is well recognized in the horse industry for her knowledge and experience in equine law.

Dr. Bronwynne Wilton

Dr. Bronwynne WiltonAt work: Bronwynne is a research scientist with the Centre for Land and Water Stewardship at the University of Guelph. Bronwynne is also a sessional instructor for the Natural Resource Management major in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences. Her favourite course to teach is called ‘Introduction to Environmental Stewardship’ as it is one of the few courses on campus where students can explore the woodlots in the Arboretum instead of sitting in lecture halls! Bronwynne has a PhD in Rural Studies where she investigated the role of horse farms in the changing landscape of rural Ontario.
At Horseplay: Horses are a major part of Bronwynne’s life, not just for professional reasons but for sport, recreation, and family time as well. Bronwynne has also had a variety of experiences with horses, from pony club, eventing, mounted games, teaching at summer camps, and exercising race horses. Bronwynne now has two daughters who are actively involved in riding and together they have fun with pony club activities such as tetrathlon, Prince Phillip Games, Rallies and eventing.
"I feel extremely fortunate that I have been able to connect my two passions in life, the natural environment and horses, and I hope that you will share my enthusiasm by the end of the course."

Peer Helper Bios

Dominique Fillion

Photo of Dominique FillionA graduate of the Equine Science Certificate (with Distinction), Dominique Fillion is, with her husband, the owner of GaitedRidge Farms, a small breeding operation located in Manitoba, dedicated to the preservation of the true Rocky Mountain Horse. Her interests lie in studying, understanding, and applying different breeding and training methodologies hoping to produce and bring out the best in each and every horse and in developing strong relationships between equines and humans. She is a strong believer in natural horsemanship but does not abide by any "one" method, believing that each and every person has something to offer that will someday become useful, she keeps an open-mind and tries to learn from all. Dominique is also a graduate from the University of Manitoba (BA), and a Certified Aromatherapist (Honors); she is an avid learner who is always looking for the science of things.

Dinah Rojek

Photo of Dinah RojekDinah Rojek lives in Vermont with her friend and husband Steve Rojek, two-time U.S. Team member at World Endurance Championships. She has been chosen for the East Coast Endurance Squad twice and has won a gold medal. Dinah started competing in the 1970s and hasn't lost interest yet. She bred and trained two World Champion Endurance horses, four Pan Am horses, three East Coast 100-mile Competitive circuit winners, numerous AERC 100-Mile, BC and International Arabian endurance champions. The ultimate competition goal for her is the Best Condition award, proving her conditioning program has been successful. What is even better is watching horses run and play after stepping off a twelve hour trailer ride and a 100-mile competition.

Dinah always have been fascinated by the horse's physical ability, and this interest extends to the cellular level. Thanks to the Equine Science program, and in particular the Exercise Physiology class, she has become more and more amazed by "the internal balancing act" our horses perform during exercise.

Shirle Ternan

Shirle TernanShirle is a Certified Management Accountant by profession (CMA), with a background for many years in the pipeline construction business, working in Alberta and across Canada. Shirle was introduced to horses through Little Bits (Edmonton, Alberta), therapeutic riding for individuals with disabilities and became a volunteer sidewalker and horse leader. From there, her interest in horses grew and she now currently owns several horses focusing on Dressage, Hunters/Jumpers as well as just having fun! When Shirle and her husband relocated to Houston, Texas, she became involved with SIRE, another therapeutic riding association. Houston has allowed her to expand her knowledge about various equine disciplines - - and continues to learn with an open mind. Much of her day is spent at the barn where she boards her horses, working and learning more about them and their environment.
The equine courses offered through U of Guelph have proven invaluable to her, and as a result quality care, and good health practices for her horses are her main focus. The equine certificate courses have allowed her to increase her knowledge base and to have the courage to either effect change or make changes for the sole benefit of her horses.
"I believe we, as owners, have a responsibility to our horses to learn, grow, and provide the best care that we can under our own individual circumstances."

Zoe Thorbergson

Zoe ThorbergsonGraduated with distinction in Equine Science Certificate and Diploma in Equine Studies as well as holding a U of G Diploma in Agriculture. Currently completing a Master in Animal Science program. Having the fortune to have understanding parent who allowed her to have her first horse at the age of 4 ½ equines have been a part her life ever since. Participating in Pony Club fostered a thirst for knowledge, which continues today. Zoë is member of the Backcountry horsemen of BC an organization that promotes trail riding while leaving no trace. She is member of the Greenways advisory committee to the local municipality. As well she is member of the local horse club and volunteers her time to maintain the clubs riding arena and with the twice yearly-composted horse manure sale as fundraiser for the club. While competing in horse trials, show jumping and many local shows through out the years, conditioning on local mountain trails has remained a constant part of her riding schedule.

Wendy Watson

Wendy Watson Peer HelperI have been passionate about horses for as long as I can remember! One of my earliest memories is of the pony rides at Assinboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba where I grew up. In the past I have had the experience of designing, building and owning/managing two small boarding/lesson facilities; Copperfield Farm Stables in Pilot Mound, Manitoba and Ashwood Stables in New Germany, Nova Scotia. I am a certified English instructor (since 1998) and also enjoyed being a 4H leader (Rock Lake Riders). Presently I teach on a free lance basis and love teaching people of all ages. In 2008 I started my on-line learning experience and completed the Equine Science Certificate (Distinction).

This November I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MSc. (Distinction) in Equine Science on-line which has been a tremendous learning experience. My third year dissertation investigated performance and coat colour in endurance horses in two different climates but I am also very interested in equine behaviour and in particular the prevention of stereotypic behaviour. There isn’t anywhere I would rather be than in the barn or teaching in the ring. I thoroughly enjoy learning about, sharing information and making life better for our equine friends.

Cathy Wentworth-Stanley

Photo of Cathy Wentworth-StanleyCathy Wentworth-Stanley obtained an Honours Science degree in Biology from the University of Guelph and completed the BHSAI course in England. With that training behind her, she was offered the job of barn manager for the British barn at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. A recent recipient of the Equine Science Certificate with Distinction, she strives to acquire more knowledge about the wonderful horses that play and have played such a large part in her life.

Cathy lives with her husband and 2 daughters on their farm, High Wyck, situated on top of Blue Mountain outside Collingwood, Ontario

Ward Yaternick

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I received my Equine Science Certificate (with distinction) in 2004 which is when my family and I purchased a 135 acre farm and built a full operation from the ground up. Of course, thanks to Management of the Equine Environment (MEE), I had a pretty good idea of what to do. Horses for me are a hobby, so I operate this farm as a private facility but I do accept boarders, so we always have about ten horses here. I currently own four horses: A brood mare, a yearling, and 2 warmblood geldings for pleasure riding, mainly dressage. Between the four horses of my own, and the boarders' horses, I see all varieties of situations. Running a horse care facility is always exciting, especially as seasons change and as we try to improve the facility, horse care, and farm operation. To see more about my place, try: When I'm not doing something with the farm or horses, I work at my own software company.

Hazel Plumbley

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The first equine in Hazel’s life was a pink plastic pony with blue wheels and yellow handles that she could sit on and push around the house. Fifty years later, she has graduated to providing horse keeping services to a Trakehner mare and a part-Saddlebred gelding in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Hazel’s related academic background includes the Equine Science Certificate and an in-progress ESC Diploma. In her other life as the co-owner of a busy disability rehabilitation company, she relies on a degree in Administrative Studies and a diploma in Public Sector Management. Hazel rides for pleasure out on trail in the grasslands overlooking Kamloops Lake, and pursues an admiration for dressage in a small schooling ring in her back yard. Other passions include the environment, sustainable living, stewardship of the Akbash Dog, her family and other inhabitants of High Desert Farm.