UK College of Agriculture Chooses Equine Education Program
Ky., (Feb. 2, 2007) – The University of Kentucky College of
Agriculture is set to launch an undergraduate equine education
program this fall and officials have tapped a trusted, familiar
face with a wealth of experience to take the reins.
Bob Coleman, formerly the college’s Extension horse specialist,
has assumed the role of associate director for undergraduate
education in equine science and management.
“Dr. Coleman brings a wealth of experience in the horse industry
to this position,” said Mike Mullen, associate dean for academic
programs at the UK College of Agriculture. “And, he brings a
passion for educating young people about equine sciences to this
position that will make him an effective ambassador for our
emerging undergraduate programs in equine science and
management. I look forward to working with him during this
Coleman said his goal is to have a strong academic program for
students interested in the equine industry.
“We will be looking at basic concepts in science, management and
economics and then we will show the students how to apply them
in the equine industry,” he said. “Just like all the other
programs in the college, we are going to prepare them for life
UK College of Agriculture Associate Dean for Research Nancy Cox
said Coleman will oversee a multidepartmental teaching program,
coordinate internships and recruit lecturers from within
Kentucky’s horse community.
“We are particularly pleased with the opportunity for
interaction with the experts in our area in our teaching
program,” she said. “We are grateful to Dan Rosenberg of Three
Chimney Farms, who, as our executive-in-residence for the
undergraduate program, has shaped an undergraduate curriculum
that is relevant to the industry.”
believes partnerships with equine industry leaders in Kentucky
and beyond is vital to students gaining a real-world perspective
of the industry – locally and globally.
“It’s always important to make students understand the concepts,
but it’s also exciting that we have the opportunity to use the
resources of the state to attract and train students,” he said.
“These students will have the potential to be leaders in the
industry, and not just in Kentucky, but worldwide.
This program is necessary; the industry is telling us that, and
I think we are being very proactive in responding to that need.”
The curriculum committee is diverse,” he added. “They aren’t all
animal scientists and they aren’t all horse people. We are
really trying to envision a picture of what the graduates of
this program are going to look like, in terms of what they will
contribute to the industry and I think that has sparked some
interest in the equine community partnering with us.”
Students in the program will be required to have at least three
credit hours devoted to an industry internship. Coleman said the
internships will not just be close to home and they won’t all be
in the racing part of the equine industry.
Prior to 2007, UK only had horse-related courses, not a degree
program – a strongly identified need in a state that derives a
big part of its identity from its horses. Interest in this
program is high, with potential students from as far as
Washington state requesting information.
Coleman has been involved in the horse industry as long as he
can remember. He grew up around horses in Canada. He received
his doctorate degree from the University of Alberta and worked
in Alberta as the Provincial Horse Specialist. Coleman is also a
past-president for the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society.
Coleman leaves his post as coordinator the Cooperative
Extension’s 4-H horse program, but Bob Harmon, chair of UK’s
animal and food sciences department said he is actively seeking
a new leader to continue Coleman’s work.
“We are excited to have Bob in this new role,” Harmon said. “The
Equine Initiative is very important to the college. Bob will
build on the strengths we already have and just make it
Coleman will still do some adult education in Extension and
continue to be a resource for the new hire. Harmon hopes to have
the Extension position filled as soon as possible, and in the
meantime Kristin Janicki, Extension associate for equine
activities, is doing double duty and managing the majority of
the equine Extension programming.
Contact: Nancy Cox, 859-257-3333
Mike Mullen, 859-257-3430
Bob Coleman, 859-257-9451
Holly Wiemers, 859-257-4883
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