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April Cooper is an Equine Nutritionist. She earned her B.S. degree in Animal Science at Delaware Valley College, Pennsylvania. Included in Aprils 18 years of experience with horses is 3 years as Agricultural/Youth County Extension Agent at PennState University and 5 years as Equine/Ruminant Nutrition Consultant at Bel Air Farm Supply in Maryland.
April is currently implementing a Total Balanced Ration approach to
feeding horses. This concept, in practice for many years with other species, is the only
legitimate way recognized in the agricultural feed industry to make ration
recommendations. This concept, first given practical application with respect to equine
nutrition by Buckeye Feed Mills, takes into account everything consumed by the horse in 24
hours to determine daily nutrient intakes. The information is compared to known
requirements to determine deficiencies or excesses, which allow ration adjustments to be
made on a scientific basis.
Micki is an eighteen year veteran of horse-sports photography. Her career began in the
late seventies shooting black and white photos on spec at shows like the Chesterland
Three-Day Event, Dressage at Devon, and the Valley Forge Grand Prix. Micki returned to
school in 1980 to study photography and used this knowledge along with prior experience to
gain acceptance with various magazines and by 1984 was working steadily on assignment. Her
work has been published in all English riding magazines and her stock is used regularly
for advertising and editorial purposes as well as calendars, brochures, posters, etc.
Mickis farm photography, such as she has done for Hilltop, is done on a very limited
basis in order to keep travel at a minimum thus allowing her to participate in a very
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Julie I. Fershtman is one of the best known equine lawyers in the United States. Her law practice, based in Bingham Farms, Michigan, crosses all breeds and disciplines, and she regularly serves stables, professionals, businesses, show managers, insurers and horse owners across the country.
For her equine law expertise, Ms. Fershtman has received numerous professional distinctions. In 1995 the American Bar Association's American Barrister Magazine named her one of "21 Young Lawyers Leading the Nation Into The 21st Century." In 1997, CHA - The Association for Horsemanship Safety & Education honored her with its prestigious "Partner in Safety" Award. In 1998, the American Riding Instructors Association presented her with an "Outstanding Achievement" Award (Olympian Anne Kursinski was the other recipient). She also has received special distinctions from the United Professional Horsemen's Association and the North American Horsemen's Association.
A frequent speaker on Equine Law and author of the nationally-acclaimed book, Equine Law & Horse Sense, Julie's articles have been published in EQUUS, Horse Illustrated, Morgan Connection, Arabian Horse Express, Quarter Horse Journal, and AHSA Horse Show Magazine. Her law practice has been profiled in Western Horseman, ABA Journal, Texas Bar Journal, Lawyers Weekly USA, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and the Detroit Free Press.
Julie has been practicing law since 1986 and, for her abilities and ethics, is rated "AV" (the highest possible rating) by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. She has been listed in Who's Who in American Law for most of her 13 years of practicing law. She is Chair of the Oakland County Bar Association Professionalism Committee and past Chair of an 8,000-member section of the State Bar of Michigan.
A horse enthusiast for over 30 years, Julie has earned several awards and championships in horse show competition.
Julie's book, Equine
Law & Horse Sense, sells for $17.95 +$3 shipping and handling
(Michigan residents add 6% sales tax). Contact Horses & The Law
Publishing at (800) 662-2210 or send check or money order to Horses &
The Law Publishing, P. O. Box 250696 Franklin, MI 48025-0696. You
can also read Equerry's review and easily order Equine Law & Horse
Sense on-line via the Equerry
BookStore from Amazon.com.
Margie is a five time AGA Rider of the Year and a four
time National Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year. She is a member on over ten
Nations Cup Teams and has been named ABC Sportswoman of the Week on Wide World of Sports.
Margie has also been named Hertz Equestrian Rider of the Year.
Karl was born in Germany and raised on the farm of his grandparents where he learned everything about all aspects of agricultural farming. After graduating from high school, he served his apprenticeship over the next several years on three various size farms and received his Master of Agriculture. For over 40 years he has dedicated his life to the care and health of many horses that he has imported and bred both in Germany and Canada. His many years of practical experience and straightforward advice have assisted many friends and associates in the horse industry. His goal has always been to do his best for the many horses he has owned and cared for.
Dr. Jessica Jahiel, PhD, is an internationally-known clinician, lecturer, and award-winning author (see Equerry Bookstore for information about her current book: Riding for the Rest of Us: A Practical Guide for Adult Riders). A regularly-featured speaker at Equitana USA and at the ARICP National Seminar, Jessica also offers online advice through her electronic newsletter, HORSE-SENSE, and on Rick Lamb's syndicated radio program: Horse Show. An ARICP-certified instructor in Dressage and Combined Training, Jessica is an active member of the American Medical Equestrian Association and of the British Horse Society.
Her system of teaching and training, Holistic Horsemanship®, is an all-encompassing approach to horse and rider. Through Holistic Horsemanship®, riders learn techniques of positive practice and improve their ability to work alone. Jessica's long-term goal is to develop balanced, willing, forward horses and thoughtful, tactful riders. Riders learn how to anticipate and prevent resistances; how to increase their horses' attentiveness, responsiveness, and physical ability, and how to help their horses become more consistent. Holistic Horsemanship® provides riders with insights into the riding and training process, helps them understand the mental and physical nature of their equine partners, and teaches them kind, correct methods and techniques that they can use when they work alone or with their regular instructors.
Jessica teaches and trains according to classical dressage principles. Her aim is to help riders learn to enjoy their horses and horses to learn to enjoy their riders.
Her pages on the World Wide Web include information about her writing and teaching
(in-person clinics and video lessons), a column of book and tape reviews ("Horseman's
Bookshelf," a freely downloadable book of games written for young riders, and a
Dr. Richard I. Jontry has a Ph.D. in Human Relations. He has over thirty years experience as a psychotherapist and has conducted workshops and seminars throughout the United States. His experience includes three decades of working with athletes. He has studied many disciplines for personal growth, individuation and transformation from around the world, working with a variety of well respected teachers. Richard views the psychotherapeutic relationship as a Sacred Trust and feels privileged to be able to facilitate others exploration of self-discovery. He also views "relationships" (with partner, self, horse) as a path for personal growth and spiritual development. He is Nationally certified as a Master Addiction counselor, and is listed in Whos Who in the World, and Whos Who in Medicine and Health Care.
Richards expertise lies in his ability to be with others in their exploration of
their relationship to self, partner, family, spirituality, and horse. His deep
understanding and empathy, combined with his clinical expertise and spiritual energy have
resulted in people reporting they feel trusting and supported when he facilitates their
explorations into their own unfamiliar personal territory. You can find more
about Dr. Richard Jontry at http://www.drjontry.com.
Jill is a prolific writer, instructor, coach and clinician. Author of Beyond the Mirrors, In Search of Your Image, and numerous articles in equestrian magazines, Jill also consults. Jills depth and breadth of experience allow her to offer students a variety of methods to improve their personal balance, thus attaining their riding goals more quickly. [Back] top
Dr. Rachel A. Pemstein received her B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of
Massachusetts in 1975. She then graduated on the Dean's list from the University of
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine with a V.M.D. in 1978. Rachel had the
opportunity to spend a breeding season in Australia after graduation. Upon her
return from Australia, she spent a year working with Dr. Loy and Dr. Swerczyk in
reproduction and pathology at the University of Kentucky. Rachel worked 10 years as
Associate Veterinarian for Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates, beginning in 1980. In
1990, she began her own practice, but has recently had to retire from active practice due
to health problems. Rachel is an enthusiastic thoroughbred breeder and racehorse
owner, used to be an avid foxhunter and enjoyed eventing.
Amy has earned a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science/Nutrition from
Michigan State University. She has worked for 15 years in university research and teaching
of forage quality and animal nutrition. Her experience includes: five years as technician
in University Nutrition/Forage Research Laboratory, one year as manager of University Farm
and Resources Learning Center, two years as Extension Agent in Michigan, and seven years
as Extension Agent in Maryland. Amy is currently a private consultant with crop and
livestock management and marketing in Maryland.
Russell is a Dutch-trained Physical Therapist who has studied various forms of healing throughout his career and believes that individuals must participate in their own healing process. He is a proponent of meditation and other self-awareness techniques to help his patients in the healing process. For the past 10 years, Russell has worked with Jill Hassler helping riders meet their goals through massage therapy, specially designed relaxation (RSRT) techniques and exercise. [Back] top
Eli Wolf is a
working Texas farrier with over 35 years of experience. He has served as
official Farrier for Barrel Racing organizations and Grand Prix events
alike. Based out of College Station, near Texas A&M Univeristy, Mr.
Wolf is now semi-retired but continues his work on a somewhat more relaxed
schedule which enables him to stay on top of important new trends in the
industry as well as providing quality work for his clients. His focus
centers on Laminitis, Navicular, Founder, hoof reconstruction and
crack/split repair. Mr. Wolf has been trained by Farriers, Gene Ovnicek of
Montana and Patty Stiller of California in the application of the
"Equine Digit Support System" and in the use of special Styrofoam
blocks for treating acute Laminitis. Mr. Wolf strongly believes in
education for today's farrier, and has created an informative web site
located at http://www.askthefarrier.com
which educates professionals and anyone interested in furthering their own
knowledge about shoeing and horse care. Mr. Wolf also has a monthly
newsletter called "Ask The Farrier Newsletter" which is sent to
subscribers via e-mail. The newsletter is an extension of his web site and
carries articles and information provided by equine industry experts
centering on Farriery, horse care, training, and product reviews.
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