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Equine Behaviour

Dr. Sid GustafsonInstructor: Dr. Sid Gustafson

Pursuing his lifelong horsemanship interests, Dr Gustafson graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree to specialize in equine sportsmedicine. 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 practices veterinary medicine in Montana. He is also a regulatory veterinarian for the California Board of Horse Racing where he represents the health and welfare of racehorses.

Kathy MinorPeer Helper: Kathy Minor

I have always been passionate about horses and since the age of 17 I have had a horse in my life most of the time. I achieved my ‘A’ level in Pony Club, taught riding, competed in a variety of

equine sports, but my main interest has always been riding for pleasure and learning everything I could about horses and everything to do with them.

Horse ownership ended for a few years while the family was growing up but as soon as they left home I acquired another horse. My interest in learning led me to the change in horse training and the concept of what is being called ’natural horsemanship’ and everything that implies. I read a great deal on the subject and tried, with quite a bit of success to follow these concepts. My idea on the horse and human connection was reinforced by the ideas I was learning.

About 5 years ago I read the information about the online, Equine Studies program at U of Guelph. This sounded like the perfect opportunity to learn more about my favourite subject. I was not very knowledgeable about using the computer but my children were, so with their offer to help me with mastering the computer, I took a deep breath and dived in.

I have never enjoyed anything so much. I love to learn. I love to help, both people and horses and the courses I have taken have helped me to do just that. Thanks to the Equine Studies Program, I have also found a new direction in my horse life, that of volunteer. I am presently volunteering to help run an annual trail ride to raise funds for cancer research, I help out at local dressage shows. I have joined The Ontario Trail Riders Association whose mandate is to help preserve and create riding trails in Ontario. I volunteer at a Horse refuge that rescues abused, unwanted horses and offers a retirement home for those who are too old to work. My last elderly horse is retired there. I worked at a Vet Day which had a volunteer team from St. Hyacinth Vet College, University of Montreal, there to do all the horses herd health. The photo is of me and my 23 year old TWH mare. I help friends who are having problems with their horses, and best of all, I am developing a wonderful relationship with my latest horse, a 12 year old QH gelding. I got him the spring I took this course in ’09, and it was a wonderful learning experience for both of us. I am looking forward to many more rewarding years in continuing to learn and pass my knowledge on to others.

Equine Health & Disease Prevention

Dr. Ev. PostInstructor: Dr. Ev. Post

Dr. 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.

Peer Helper: Rebecca Tower

Rebecca TowerFor as long as I can remember I have always had a fascination with horses. I had my first real introduction to horse’s at the age of 8 when I got to ride one of my aunt’s horses. After begging my parent’s for riding lessons they finally gave in and at the age of 10 I started taking Western riding lessons. After a few months of Western riding I switched over to ride English at the Fredericton Pony Club in New Brunswick. Some of my most vivid childhood memories took place at Pony Club and it was here that my interest in horses really took off. When I was 11 my parents decided to move to Guelph, Ontario and horses got put on hold for me until after I graduated from the University of Guelph’s Child, Youth and Family Studies program in 2007.

Although I spent more than a decade out of horses the interest in these amazing animals never disappeared. In August 2007 I jumped on a job opportunity to be a nanny to triplet boys in the Cayman Islands and in January 2008 I decided that horses needed to be back in my life and started riding lessons at a stable in Cayman. In 2009 I decided that horses were definitely something I wanted to pursue a career in and started to look for ways to combine my degree in Child Studies with my passion for horses in the hope of one day becoming a teacher of horses in some capacity. With resources and opportunities being limited in Cayman I opted to start the diploma in Equine Studies through the University of Guelph as a way to enhance my knowledge of horses and to take the first step towards this new career interest. I spent the next four years completing the diploma and spending any spare time I had working at the stables in Cayman and volunteering with Pony Club, shows, etc.

After travelling to the UK this past summer to complete my British Horse Society Stage One it became clear that if I wanted to work in the horse industry then I would have to leave Cayman. I lucked out and in September after 6 years I left the warm sunshine and turquoise waters of Cayman to begin my journey as a “mature” working student at Myrddin Equestrian just outside of Erin, Ontario. So far it has been a unique experience making the transition from Cayman back to Canada especially since most working students are in their teens and well….I am about to exit my 20s sooner than I would like to. Trying to keep up with the other 18 year old working student at Myrddin is challenging some days and the change in climate is certainly providing for some interesting experiences as well.

Shirle TernanPeer Helper: Shirle Ternan

Shirle recently relocated back to her home Province of Alberta, with her husband and many 4-legged family members after living in Houston since 2006. Shirle is a Certified Management Accountant

since 1992, and is currently an independent consultant. She has been involved in Executive level management positions with a focus on corporate accounting. She has a wealth of “hands-on” experience, but has broad general experience in varied facets of industry. Shirle has been responsible for the management of the internal and external financial reporting, business plans, forecasts and budgets, cash management, cost control systems, computerized information systems, treasury functions, as well as involvement in the management of international transactions and various corporate joint venture reconciliations and claim settlements.

Shirle then continued to expand her skills to the equine industry through a desire for personal growth and completed the Equine Science Certificate (with distinction) and the Equine Studies Diploma (with distinction). She is also a Peer Helper for Equine Guelph in the Equine Nutrition and Equine Health & Disease courses. Shirle has recently been accepted into the Masters program in Distance Education at Athabasca University.

Shirle has been a volunteer for various organizations over the years including Venue Leader and Finance Representative for the Aquatic Sports of the Pan American Games held in Winnipeg in 1999 to working with the Neeginan Foundation in training staff in accounting and procedures. The last ten years, she has been a volunteer for various therapeutic organizations working with individuals with disabilities and their wonderful and ever patient equine partners.

Equine Functional Anatomy

Dr. Brianne Henderson

Instructor: Dr. Brianne Henderson

I 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.

Dominique FillionPeer Helper: Dominique Fillion

A graduate of the Equine Science Certificate (with Distinction), Dominique Fillion is, with her husband, the owner of GaitedRidge Farms, a small breeding operation 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.

Equine Genetics

Dr. Dianne Winkleman Sims, Equine Genetics InstructorInstructor: Dr. Dianne Winkleman Sims

Dr. Dianne Winkleman Sims is a geneticist by training with a BSc in Genetics from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph, an MSc in Animal Breeding from the College of Agriculture at the University of Guelph and a PhD in Genetics from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. She comes to this course with a lifetime of involvement in horses. Dr. Winkleman Sims is currently a sessional lecturer responsible for the development and delivery of Equine Studies courses and supervision of undergraduate equine theses as part of the Animal Science degree program at the University of Saskatchewan.

My life’s philosophy is “learn to live and live to learn”; and, thus, I am dedicated to education participated as both an educator and an educate. I look forward to every class as a learning experience.

Equine Growth & Development

Doug NashInstructor: Doug Nash

Doug 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.

Dominique FillionPeer Helper: Dominique Fillion

A graduate of the Equine Science Certificate (with Distinction), Dominique Fillion is, with her husband, the owner of GaitedRidge Farms, a small breeding operation 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.

Equine Nutrition

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Cavanagh

Dr. Kathleen Cavanagh Instructor Equine NutritionAt Horseplay: Kathleen has been around horses since she was 9 years old, and has had experience as a rider/competitor/trainer, and manager of breeding and pleasure horse facilities. She had her first quarter horse-thoroughbred for 31 years, and her current horse is an Al Khamsa bluelist Egyptian Arabian show horse, now semi-retired at 16 after being a successful children’s and ladies sport horse mount. She and her son were active in Pony Club when he was a young tetrathlon rider. Kathleen now lives on a horse farm, and enjoys the welcoming nickers in the morning!

At School:  Kathleen completed her undergraduate bachelor degree, Specialization in Genetics, and was awarded the George Rankin Memorial Equine Scholarship in her final year of her veterinary school, and assisted in Standardbred racetrack/pleasure and orthopedic surgery practices.

At Work: She is licensed in New York and Ontario, with special academic interest in nutrition, genetics and cardiology. She is currently semi-retired from practice, with a 30th OVC veterinary class reunion looming, and is enjoying her adjunct career as a veterinary online education consultant and writer.

Dr. Cavanagh has been awarded a Masters of Educational Technology (UBC), and co-instructed and designed a 2013 online course on Veterinary Information Network (an international veterinary online education consortium) dealing with Genetics, Epigenetics and Stem Cells, and is currently instructional designer for another VIN course.  She has recently co-authored a 700-page text (2012). She has written many public education articles about animal health and care for the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association website over the last 14 years.

Released in May 2014, an exciting new e-reference “From the Horses Mouth: Nutrition, Feeds & Feeding”, co-authored with the current course peer helper, Shirle Ternan; edited by Dr. Kathleen Crandell, our advanced nutrition instructor.

She has been a distance education instructor for Equine Guelph/OpenEd Guelph since 2007.  Maintaining appropriate horse care and welfare is pivotal at every stage of their life, and these courses allow sharing of many important concepts for the benefit of our wonderful equine partners!

Shirle TernanPeer Helper: Shirle Ternan

Shirle recently relocated back to her home Province of Alberta, with her husband and many 4-legged family members after living in Houston since 2006. Shirle is a Certified Management Accountant since 1992, and is currently an independent consultant. She has been involved in Executive level management positions with a focus on corporate accounting. She has a wealth of “hands-on” experience, but has broad general experience in varied facets of industry. Shirle has been responsible for the management of the internal and external financial reporting, business plans, forecasts and budgets, cash management, cost control systems, computerized information systems, treasury functions, as well as involvement in the management of international transactions and various corporate joint venture reconciliations and claim settlements.

Shirle then continued to expand her skills to the equine industry through a desire for personal growth and completed the Equine Science Certificate (with distinction) and the Equine Studies Diploma (with distinction). She is also a Peer Helper for Equine Guelph in the Equine Nutrition and Equine Health & Disease courses. Shirle has recently been accepted into the Masters program in Distance Education at Athabasca University.

Shirle has been a volunteer for various organizations over the years including Venue Leader and Finance Representative for the Aquatic Sports of the Pan American Games held in Winnipeg in 1999 to working with the Neeginan Foundation in training staff in accounting and procedures. The last ten years, she has been a volunteer for various therapeutic organizations working with individuals with disabilities and their wonderful and ever patient equine partners.

Equine Exercise Physiology

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Waller

At Work: 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.

At Horseplay: After begging my parents for years I was lucky enough to get my first pony at age 9 and they’ve been my passion (and members of the family) ever since. My sport of choice was always jumping and I competed for years on the hunter/jumper circuit, but these days I mainly ride for fun. Ironically it was my love of horses that led me to pursue equine research, and my pursuit of graduate studies in equine research that led me to have no money or time for horses!

Management of the Equine Environment

Dr. Susan RaymondInstructor: Dr. Susan Raymond

At 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.”

Instructor: Kathy Fremes

Kathy Fremes Management of the Equine Environment InstructorKathy 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, and additional 100-acre location, in Leaskdale. 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.

Kathy is also the current Chair of the Horse Facilities Advisory Council of the Ontario Equestrian Federation and has been on its board since 2005. As such she has been a strong advocate of land stewardship and an active member of the Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses Steering Committee, presenting province-wide workshops to the equine community to assist horse and farm owner in their efforts to reduce their “hoof print” but offering economic and environmentally sound solutions. For her efforts on her own farm, she was awarded the “Just Add Horses” Environmental Award of Excellent last year.

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 facility owners.

Rebecca Tower Peer Helper Management of the Equine EnvironmentPeer Helper: Rebecca Tower

For as long as I can remember I have always had a fascination with horses. I had my first real introduction to horse’s at the age of 8 when I got to ride one of my aunt’s horses. After begging my parent’s for riding lessons they finally gave in and at the age of 10 I started taking Western riding lessons. After a few months of Western riding I switched over to ride English at the Fredericton Pony Club in New Brunswick. Some of my most vivid childhood memories took place at Pony Club and it was here that my interest in horses really took off. When I was 11 my parents decided to move to Guelph, Ontario and horses got put on hold for me until after I graduated from the University of Guelph’s Child, Youth and Family Studies program in 2007. Although I spent more than a decade out of horses the interest in these amazing animals never disappeared. In August 2007 I jumped on a job opportunity to be a nanny to triplet boys in the Cayman Islands and in January 2008 I decided that horses needed to be back in my life and started riding lessons at a stable in Cayman. In 2009 I decided that horses were definitely something I wanted to pursue a career in and started to look for ways to combine my degree in Child Studies with my passion for horses in the hope of one day becoming a teacher of horses in some capacity. With resources and opportunities being limited in Cayman I opted to start the diploma in Equine Studies through the University of Guelph as a way to enhance my knowledge of horses and to take the first step towards this new career interest. I spent the next four years completing the diploma and spending any spare time I had working at the stables in Cayman and volunteering with Pony Club, shows, etc. After travelling to the UK this past summer to complete my British Horse Society Stage One it became clear that if I wanted to work in the horse industry then I would have to leave Cayman. I lucked out and in September after 6 years I left the warm sunshine and turquoise waters of Cayman to begin my journey as a “mature” working student at Myrddin Equestrian just outside of Erin, Ontario. So far it has been a unique experience making the transition from Cayman back to Canada especially since most working students are in their teens and well….I am about to exit my 20s sooner than I would like to. Trying to keep up with the other 18 year old working student at Myrddin is challenging some days and the change in climate is certainly providing for some interesting experiences as well.

Peer Helper: Wendy Watson

Wendy Watson Management of the Equine Environment Peer Helper“I have been passionate about horses for as long as I can remember!  One of my earliest memories is of the pony rides at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba where I grew up.

In the past I have had the experience of designing, building and owning/managing two 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).

In 2008 I started my on-line learning experience and completed the Equine Science Certificate (Distinction).

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 with a MSc. (Distinction) in Equine Science. My third year dissertation investigated performance and coat colour in endurance horses in two different climates; the UK and UAE.  At the present time I have my own equine consulting business, “Ledgewood Equine Consulting”.  I teach riding lessons freelance and provide clients with evidence based information on horse keeping, nutrition, behaviour and conditioning. 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”

Stewardship of the Equine Environment

Dr. Susan RaymondInstructor: Dr. Susan Raymond

At 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.”

Zoë ThorbergsonPeer Helper: Zoë Thorbergson

Horses have been a part of Zoë’s life as long as she can remember. Participating in Pony Club from a young age fostered a thirst for knowledge, which continues today.

Zoë graduated with distinction in both the Equine Science Certificate and Diploma in Equine Studies. She also holds a U of G Diploma in Agriculture and is currently completing a Masters in Animal Science with a focus on equine nutrition and behavior. She is a Certified Horseman’s Association riding instructor in English, Western, and Trail Guide.

Over the many years of competing, conditioning on local mountain trails has remained a constant part of her riding schedule. As a former member of the Greenways advisory and Trail committee to the local municipality, she advocates the building of environmentally sound equestrian use trails. She is a member of the Backcountry horsemen of BC an organization that promotes trail riding while leaving no trace.

“I am passionate about ensuring future riders have the chance to enjoy current trails as well as new ones. Learning how to keep the environment healthy is imperative to ensure the continued use of trails for the enjoyment of all equestrians.”

The Equine Industry

Gayle EckerInstructor: Gayle Ecker

At 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.

Laura Stevens GuillePeer Helper: Laura Stevens Guille

Laura lives in Eastern Ontario on a 77 acre farm with her family, cats, dogs and 5 Canadian horses.
Born in the Ottawa Valley but spent a number of years growing up in Cape Town, South Africa horses have always been her passion. Laura pursued this passion completing the following:

  • Graduated with honours from Humber College’s Equine Science program
  • Sport Equine Massage Therapy Program
  • Equine Canada Level 1 Western Coach
  • EC Western Judge and EC General Performance Judge
  • Level 3 NCCP Theory
  • Centred Riding Instructor Level 1 with Susan Harris

While being a full time coach and theory teacher helping other students fulfill their dreams of becoming certified Laura has had the opportunity to work with John Lyons, Monty Roberts and Susan Harris.

Twelve years ago Laura joined a large pharmaceutical company and became the first only equine representative covering Canada. Today, Laura mainly works in the Toronto area visiting veterinarians, race tracks and training facilities.

Laura continues with her quest for equine knowledge and recently graduated from the University of Guelph’s Diploma in Equine Studies with Distinction.

Equine Business Finance & Risk Management

Nicole Velozo SclamaInstructor: Nicole Velozo Sclama

Nicole is a technology consultant with an extensive background in accounting and finance. She is also an equestrian with a deep passion for promoting and preserving the endangered Canadian Horse, also known as The Little Iron Horse.

Nicole 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. 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 equestrian and horse 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 its 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. Nicole lives in Conway, New Hampshire, USA.

Equine Business Management

Lead Heather GentlesInstructor: Heather Gentles, MSc, MBA

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.

Chris PohlkampAssistant Instructor: Chris Pohlkamp

As a training consultant: In 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. When not facilitating a wide range of topics to the public and private sector, Christine acts as an in-house subject expert resource, assisting clients through ROI evaluations of programs, 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.

On the horsy side: 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. These give the learners a chance to see horses in a different light and they get a chance to be part of a learning experience with a horse.

Christine also has a breeding farm under the name of Polecat Paints and Friesians. The farm was created due to a wish to own a Friesian. Christine bred her paint mare to two Friesian stallions and was lucky to have two lovely fillies. Both have been sold and are now doing well in the dressage and eventing disciplines. Christine furthered her desire to own a “real” Friesian in 2008 when she bought her first Friesian mare, who is now in foal to a Gypsy Vanner. She bought her second Friesian mare in May of 2011. Both mares are ridden in western competitions.

Catherine WillsonGuest Instructor: Catherine Willson, B.A., LL.B. Willson Lewis LLP

Catherine 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 practising 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.

Mike KingGuest Instructor: Mike King

Mike 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 programs.

Linda SladeGuest Instructor: Linda Slade

Linda 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).

Equine Event Management

Marjory GaouetteInstructor: Marjory Gaouette, BEd, MA

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 experienced 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 has been facilitating the Equine Event Management course since 2010.

Equine Journalism

Barbara SheridanInstructor: Barbara Sheridan

Barbara Sheridan is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer and a 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.

In addition to her work as an equine journalist, Barbara also provides 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.

Marketing & Communications in the Equine Industry

Heather GentlesInstructor: Heather Gentles

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.

Advanced Equine Behaviour

Dr. Kathleen CrandellInstructor: Dr. Kathleen Crandell

Dr. Kathleen Crandell is an Equine Nutrition Professional with a MS in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech.
For the past 15 years she has worked in the field of equine nutrition with an international nutritional research/consulting company and a university. Her special interest is feed formulation and has worked with feed mills around the world in designing quality concentrates for horses. Her passion is evaluating and improving equine diets and she has consulted with some of the top equestrians in providing sound nutritional programs for their horses.

She has been an invited speaker on topics in horse nutrition in various countries around the world. She has published articles in referred journals as well as popular horse publications, and is often called upon as a contributor to articles on nutrition. She is an avid trail rider and currently lives in Virginia with her family and 4 horses. Schooled in combined training, she has competed in Competitive Trail and Endurance in the US and Australia, and to this day has a 100% completion rate.

Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy

Dr. Jeff ThomasonInstructor: Dr. Jeff Thomason

Jeff 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 face-to-face Anatomy workshops and wetlabs.

Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition

Dr. Kathleen CrandellInstructor: Dr. Kathleen Crandell

Dr. Kathleen Crandell is an Equine Nutrition Professional with a MS in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech.

For the past 15 years she has worked in the field of equine nutrition with an international nutritional research/consulting company and a university. Her special interest is feed formulation and has worked with feed mills around the world in designing quality concentrates for horses. Her passion is evaluating and improving equine diets and she has consulted with some of the top equestrians in providing sound nutritional programs for their horses.

She has been an invited speaker on topics in horse nutrition in various countries around the world. She has published articles in referred journals as well as popular horse publications, and is often called upon as a contributor to articles on nutrition. She is an avid trail rider and currently lives in Virginia with her family and 4 horses. Schooled in combined training, she has competed in Competitive Trail and Endurance in the US and Australia, and to this day has a 100% completion rate.