University of Minnesota Hosts 25th Symposium of the Equine Science Society
Earlier in the summer, the University of Minnesota hosted the 25th Symposium of the Equine Science Society in Minneapolis, MN. Over 100 graduate and undergraduate students from across the US and world competed in various student research presentation competitions. Several University of Minnesota graduate students placed in these competitions, including:
1st place Genetics Graduate Student Competition. Elaine Norton advised by Dr. Molly McCue. "Identification of a genetic locus associated with height and metabolic traits in Welsh ponies".
1st place Production and Management Graduate Student Competition. Amanda Grev advised by Dr. Krishona Martinson. "A comparison of reduced lignin and conventional alfalfa varieties and their potential for use as equine forage sources".
3rd place Production and Management Graduate Student Competition. Devan Catalano advised by Dr. Krishona Martinson. "Estimation of actual and ideal bodyweight of miniature, saddle-type and gaited horses using morphometric measurements".
1st place Extension and Teaching Graduate Student Competition: Aby Neu advised by Dr. Krishona Martinson. "Comparison of undergraduate student learning gains and satisfaction when enrolled in animal science courses offered in person and online". (Abby is a Livestock Regional Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota Extension).
The following students also presented their research at the Symposium:
Michelle DeBoer advised by Drs. Marcia Hathaway and Krishona Martinson. "Glucose response of horse grazing alfalfa, cool-season perennial grasses and teff across seasons".
Rachel Mottet advised by Dr. Krishona Martinson. "Effectiveness of stable fly protectants for adult horses".
Amanda Reiter (undergraduate student) advised by Dr. Krishona Martinson. "Variation in nitrate concentrations of alfalfa, perennial cool-season grasses and teff grazed by horses in the Upper Midwest".
Mikayla McDonald (undergraduate student) advised by Dr. Molly McCue. “Association of leg length-to-torso rations and metabolic phenotypes in Welsh ponies and Morgan horses.”