Preparation Guidelines for Oral & Poster Presentations

Event Schedule and Program

Minnesota Horse Industry Tour

Student Social – Classify the Universe

Invited Speakers

Elke Hartmann – Dominance and Leadership: Useful Concepts in Human-Horse Interactions?

Dr Elke Hartmann works as a researcher at the Department of Animal Environment and Health at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala (Sweden) where she was also awarded her PhD. Her PhD project focused on the housing and management of horses in groups and strategies to improve horse welfare and human safety. The 4-year project was a collaboration between the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. This collaboration continued with research investigating the use of blankets and clipping among members of the Swedish and Norwegian equestrian community and the effect of these practices on recovery after training as well as the use of shelters on summer pasture. Dr Hartmann is currently situated at Wången, The Swedish National Centre for Education in Trotting and Icelandic horse riding where she is involved in teaching and where access to hundreds of horses allow her to continue with research, including a project on dominance and leadership concepts in horses training. Dr Hartmann holds a Master of Science degree in “Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare” from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) which equipped her with a comprehensive scientific and practical understanding of animal behaviour in a broad sense. She has been actively involved as a Council member of the International Society for Equitation Science since 2007, supporting the Society’s aims to facilitate research into the training and welfare of horses and spreading evidence based knowledge into practice.

Cyprianna Swiderski – Deciphering the Role of Bronchial Hyper-Responsiveness in Equine Pasture Asthma

Dr. Cyprianna Swiderski is an Associate Professor of Equine Medicine and Large Animal Program Leader in the Translational Biomedical Research Center at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU-CVM). She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and chairs the NRSP8 Horse Genome Nomenclature Committee, an international committee that assures equine genes and proteins are named consistently across species. Dr. Swiderski received her DVM from Virginia Tech (1987), completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at North Carolina State University and a residency in Equine Internal Medicine at Louisiana State University. Her PhD investigations, under the direction of Dr. David Horohov at LSU, pioneered techniques for quantifying equine cytokines, and provided early confirmation of the importance of TH2 responses in equine immunity to parasites. Nearly 20 years prior to publication of the equine genome sequence, her efforts contributed important reagents that have been foundational for equine immunologic investigations, including the original sequences for equine IL-4, IL-6, IL-10 and ß-actin. Her perspectives on equine health and research are influenced by a lifetime with horses and 7 years in private equine veterinary practice. As resident veterinarian for Strawn Valley Ranch, she managed breeding, embryo transfer, and sport horse medicine for more than 300 resident horses. Dr. Swiderski returned to academic practice in 2004. She has been instrumental in developing both clinical and research components of the MSU-CVM equine program, including mentoring the first candidates to complete residency-PhD and DVM-PhD training. Her research has been support by USDA-NIFA, Morris Animal Foundation, The American Quarter Horse Foundation, and The Grayson Jockey Club. She has published more than 50 book chapters, peer reviewed manuscripts and proceedings. Motivated by the suffering of horses with a pasture-associated asthma-like disease common in the southeastern US, her research employs genomic tools to decipher the molecular underpinnings of bronchial hyper-responsiveness in horses and to identify novel asthma therapeutics.

Véronique Julliand – The Impact of Diet on the Hindgut Microbiome

Pr. Véronique Julliand is full Professor of Animal Science at Agrosup Dijon, engineering school of Agronomy, Food Science and Environment in France. She is Director of the advanced Master of Equine Science and Business (MESB), a post-graduate degree she created ten years ago for training managers in the equine industry and which is a reference in its field today. This program is offered with University of Caen Basse-Normandie and University of Kentucky.

From 1997 until 2016, Pr Julliand has been Leader of research teams in Equine digestion and nutrition. Founder of the European Workshop of Equine Nutrition in 2002, she is involved today as member of the Scientific board.

After receiving her DVM from Lyon University (1987), Pr Julliand worked for 5 years as a practitioner in private veterinary clinics. Then she became associate Professor at AgroSup Dijon and in parallel to her teaching she completed her PhD in microbial ecology. Her thesis was on the equine cecal ecosystem and provided new insight of the dominant bacterial and fungal cellulolytic flora and their in vitro and in vivo capacity for degrading parietal carbohydrates. Her expertise progressively extended from digestive microbial ecology to Equine nutrition with a special focus on the Athletic Horse. However she always remains true to her first loves: the horse intestinal microbiota. In 2016 the 8th edition of EWEN Dijon entitled "Taste, Nutrition and Health of the Horse" was organized at Agrosup and a full day called “no microbes, no horse” was dedicated on gut microbiology and its relation to health, welfare and performance. Her current research project is about isolation and characterisation of equine fibrolytic bacteria.

Pr. Julliand has contributed to the development of novel software for equine rationing that guided to the start of the first spin-off company at Agrosup Dijon named Lab-To-Field. This company is committed to extending scientific-based and independent advice, training and service to the different actors of the horse industry.

Liara Gonzalez – Alterations in Intestinal Permeability: The Role of the “Leaky Gut” in Health and Disease

Gastroenterology and Equine Surgery at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Gonzalez completed her veterinary degree at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. In July 2010, Dr. Gonzalez successfully completed a large animal surgery residency at NC State Veterinary Hospital and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery in 2011. She remained at NC State and defended her doctoral thesis in 2014. Her research has focused on developing and utilizing a large animal model to study intestinal stem cell biology. Dr. Gonzalez is particularly interested in studying the impact of ischemic injury on mucosal barrier function and the role of the intestinal stem cell population in modulating repair. Dr. Gonzalez hopes to apply her knowledge and expertise in advanced laboratory techniques to help solve clinically significant problems and further elucidate therapeutic targets that will ultimately improve patient survival.


Copyright & Creative Commons in Teaching, Extension, & Everyday Life

Anyone who has questions or concerns about proper use of materials in teaching, extension, social media, and other venues may find this workshop useful. Participants will develop their awareness of fair use in their work and everyday life, and will enhance their understanding of copyright and creative commons issues in an interesting and interactive format, led by Nancy Sims a Copyright Program Librarian and lawyer with the University of MN.

Workshop will be held: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Leaders: Karen Waite, Ph.D., Michigan State University and Nancy Sims, J.D., MLIS, University of Minnesota

Program Assessment for All: Setting Goals and Assessing Learning Outcomes

The workshop will begin with a short introduction on how learning outcomes are used in assessment, relating course work to outcomes at the program level to the university level, some methods for measuring students’ progress on specific outcomes, and a comparison of study designs that could be employed. Participants will then have the opportunity to develop take home examples and material for program assessment that attendees can share with colleagues. Despite where an institution might be in the student learning assessment process, this workshop will help any program or department during each phase: mission, outcomes, and benchmarks, assignment suggestions for assessment, data/materials collection, utilizing results for program review or certification/institutional accreditation. Software that facilitates the mapping of learning outcomes will also be discussed.

Location: MN Ballroom I + II

Workshop will be held: Thursday, June, 1, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Leaders: Karen Waite, Ph.D., Michigan State University; Mary Rossano, Ph.D., University of Kentucky; Lynn Taylor, Ph.D., Centenary University; Karin Bump, Ph.D. Cazenovia University

Cinch Ranch Sorting National Championship Organization Offers Unique Educational Ranch Sorting Kids’ Camps to Horse Educators for Their Youth Performance Horsemen

Ranch sorting is the fastest growing family equine sport in America. Looking forward, CRSNC recently initiated a program to offer RSKCs across the U.S. The first pilot camp was held March 11, 2017 at Colorado State University. (Go to to preview a 4 min. video.) The CSU Equine Sciences Program and CSU’s Extension 4-H Program were event partners. CRSNC’s Dave Wolfe with Dr. Doug Householder, plus CSU Instructor Ryan Brooks, will present this workshop. They will describe the first camps’: objectives, organizational mechanics, engagement of CSU students in this extracurricular enrichment project, four hands - on rider/handler skills classes, clinicians’ creative teaching strategies, budget, and their formal and informal camp evaluation techniques (i.e. rider pre/post class skills proficiency assessments plus youth and adult written satisfaction surveys). Things learned at the CSU camp were incorporated to improve the entire camp model, for use by educators in future camp hosting states. A printed booklet, “Conducting a CRSNC RSKC in Your State”, with ready-to-customize-and-use materials, will be distributed and thoroughly discussed. A Q:A session will conclude the workshop.

Workshop will be held: Thursday, June, 1, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Leaders: Dave Wolfe, President, Cinch Ranch Sorting National Championships (C-RSNC) Co., Wellington, Colorado and Dr. Doug Householder, Professor and Extension Horse Specialist Emeritus, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

ESS Strategic Planning

The equine industry is extremely diverse, but the use of equidae for both pleasure and work is likely to remain an important part of rural and urban life and cultural development. The scientific community continues to play an essential role, not only in education but also in helping improve equine health and welfare. However, like the industry we serve, the scientific community may also have to adapt and change. This year marks the 25th ESS Symposium, making it an ideal opportunity to consider how, going forward, ESS can best serve not only its members but also the equine industry at large. Using input from the recent ESS membership surveys as a starting point, this interactive workshop will explore the current and potential future role of ESS. Short and long term aims and objectives will be developed by those attending the workshop and then presented to the ESS Board for consideration and appropriate development and implementation.

If you have an interest in being an active participant in this workshop, we ask that you complete a short questionnaire on your background and involvement in ESS that follows after the main “Future of ESS” survey Participation in the workshop is vital to the growth and evolution of ESS, but will be limited in order to have a productive strategic planning session. The deadline to complete the survey and intent to participate has been extended to May 12. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, you will be notified by May 19.

Workshop will be held: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Leaders: ESS Board of Directors

Branding Yourself (Student Professional Development)

“Building Your Brand” is a workshop designed to provide a professional development opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students. Four invited speakers will provide insights into industry positions and personal brand development, and stimulate ideas for successful career movement.

Presenters will include:

  • Introduction – Connie Larson, Ph.D., Research and Nutritional Services Ruminant Manager – North America, Zinpro Corporation
  • Starting at Ground Zero – Jyme Nichols, M.S., Director of Nutrition and Technical Services, Bluebonnet Feeds
  • Flexibility Moves Your Career Forward – George Dawson, Ph.D., Account Manager – Pacific Northwest, Zinpro Corporation
  • Brand Qualities Driving Success in the Equine Industry – Tania Cubitt, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Performance Horse Nutrition, LLC
  • Make Your Mark – Kelcey Swyers, Ph.D., Nutritionist, Grassland Nutrition Consulting

To facilitate smaller groups with more interaction, two back-to-back sessions of this workshop will be offered – students will be asked to sign up for Session A or Session B on their registration form.

Workshop will be held: Thursday, June 1, 2017, Session A: 8:00 AM – 9:50 AM, Session B: 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Student Competition Judging Rubric

2017 ESS General Business Meeting