Dr. Karyn Malinowski and
Happy New Year to all of our friends of the Equine Science Center. Hurricane Sandy’s arrival in October certainly put a dent in the Center’s, and other equestrian, fall activities. Let’s hope for a quiet and productive start to 2013! In anticipation of Sandy’s arrival the Center posted animal emergency information on its website. The decision was made to create a featured “Emergency Preparedness” page for the website, the link to which can be found from our homepage.
Faculty, students and staff have been extremely busy conducting research, teaching, and bringing the latest science-based information to you! The Center’s Facebook page has become a popular portal for the delivery of information in a timely, responsive manner. If you haven’t joined us yet on Facebook please do so NOW/TODAY!
We held the annual Equine Science Update on December 11th during which we honored Linda Toscano with the 2013 Spirit of the Horse Award and Showplace Farms with the inaugural Gold Medal Horse Farm recognition for environmental stewardship. We also had a surprise four-legged visitor, which delighted the hundred plus attendees. Check out the photo gallery for a peek at the evening’s festivities. In October, we held our annual meeting with stakeholders in conjunction with the NJDA Equine Advisory Board meeting at Rick’s Saddle Shop. Please visit our website for Key Identified Issues from the meeting and for a copy of our 2012 Stakeholder Report.
In November, I lectured to veterinary students at the University of Pennsylvania about the importance of horse racing to the overall equine industry, dealing with controversial issues and their future responsibility to provide science-based information to clients. Center staff member and Ph.D. student Ryan Avenatti was recognized in December for excellence in graduate research with the Wilbur M. Runk Award presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
We are planning a busy spring with the upcoming Horse Management seminar on February 10 and the beginning of the Equine Business Course beginning on February 5 for six consecutive Tuesday nights.
In closing, I wait with excitement and anticipation for the launch of the new game, “Exercising Horse Power” on Equine Science 4 Kids. The game will feature three animated horses, one being our beloved Lord Nelson, running on the treadmill in the exercise physiology lab. Not only will this be fun, it will also teach young people about the intricacies of doing experiments with horses. Kudos to Tiffany Cody, Avani Palkhiwala and Center students and staff for making this game a reality. We’ll keep you posted when the game goes live.
Thanks to all of you who have continued to support and advocate for the Center. We continue to face tough economic times, but are up to the challenge as we bring you “Better Horse Care through Research and Education.”
All the best,
Karyn Malinowski, Ph.D.
Director, Equine Science Center