Graduated from Lawrence High School, completed her BS in Ag Ed with a minor in Animal Sciences at KSU, then received her Masters form Colorado State University. Julie currently serves as an ag instructor at Burlington High School and supporting Allen County Community College. When she is not teaching, she can be found riding and training horses, competing in rodeos or checking/feeding/working cattle, or helping in other aspects of production agriculture. Julie has extensive experience in FFA and 4H as well as across the Livestock showing specter and hopes to help KHC meet the needs of youth engagement and activities with horses.
Dr. Fred Gardner
Grew up south of Emporia, in Hartford, on a farm where his family has resided since 1880. He’s had interest in horses since he was a kid, but his bulk of experience has been gained during his career in Veterinary Medicine. He and his wife Jackie have raised 4 boys who participated in 4H and their local saddle club in their youth. He now has a granddaughter and bought 2 ponies for her…one for each hand! Dr. Gardner recognizes the significant contributions of horses to the social and economic fabric of Kansas and hopes to serve in KHC to promote and advocate on behalf of folks new to horses, to encourage their involvement.
Dr. Chris Blevins
KSU Equine Science Liaison
Dr. Joann Kouba, PhD, Dept of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State Univ.
Dr. Kouba is originally from Bellevue Nebraska. She graduated from Northeast Missouri State University in 1993, majoring in Equine Science. She received her MS from Clemson University and her PhD from Texas A&M University, both in Animal Physiology with an equine concentration. In the fall of 2001, Dr. Kouba joined the Kansas State faculty as the Horse Teaching and Research Specialist, and currently holds an 80% teaching and 20% research appointment. Her research interests are focused on equine reproductive physiology, she currently teaches 6 different equine courses each year, advises 60 undergraduates, and mentors equine graduate students. Her personal horse interests include cutting and reining-bred Quarter Horses.
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