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This educational program running throughout the horse show will educate the non-equestrian public on the equestrian sports that are in the Summer Olympics! Free to the public, this will be a great way to spend the day with the family learning about equestrian sports while watching horse enthusiasts of all experience levels compete in Dressage, Combined Training, and Jumping!
We will also have vendors and concessions available. Bring a chair or blanket, some sunscreen, and maybe a little fly spray so that you can sit back and enjoy the day!
TOPIC: Equine Biomechanics and Physiology of the Equine Athlete. The talk will discuss Equine anatomy and the basics of how their bodies adapt to training.
SPEAKER: Dr. Betsy Wagner
Dr. Betsy Wagner, an associate professor at Auburn University, has received the 2013 Outstanding Young Animal Scientist in Education Award from the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science. Wagner’s research and teaching has helped Auburn University build a strong equine program. As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Wagner took a year off to be an FFA state officer
As a graduate student at Texas A&M University, Wagner combined her passion for horses and teaching. Wagner knew of the university’s reputation for helping students land in teaching positions, so she became an Aggie and earned a PhD for her research into trace mineral nutrition.
Wagner still studies equine nutrition, but her main focus is her students at Auburn University. As an associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, she teaches equine science classes and organizes student events. Wagner also reaches out to the community. Wagner writes a regular column for Alabama Cattleman magazine and serves as an advisor for the Alabama Farmers Federation.