The 2016 Rutgers Equine Science Center Summer Showcase was a huge success! Close to 100 people participated in the kickoff celebration of the Center’s 15-year anniversary on July 13th. Welcoming remarks were given by Karyn Malinowski (CC’75, GSNB’80,’86), director of the Equine Science Center, and Wendie Cohick, chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, and Brad Hillman, senior associate director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and director of Research.
The event continued with the presentation of a Congressional Certificate from U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and presented by Sharon Ortepio, chair of the Equine Advisory Board, a part of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. A Joint Legislative Resolution, sponsored by N.J. Senator Bob Smith and N.J. Assemblymen Joseph Egan and Joseph Danielsen, and presented by Ann Dorsett, vice-chair of the NJEAB, was bestowed on the Center next. Finally the Center was honored with a ceremonial proclamation from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, sponsored by Lillian Burry.
Guests were treated to a high-speed equine treadmill demonstration, where one of the mares, Randy, wowed the crowd with a big gallop. Surprise visitors from I Excel Child Care in Perth Amboy, NJ, were thrilled by the performance.
Attendees then broke off into groups and visited each of three stations that highlight some of the work done at the Center. The first was the laboratory. Center director, Karyn Malinowski and graduate students Dylan Klein and Kate Goodman discussed the types of research currently underway. Next, groups learned all about the equine skeleton with “Wishbone,” the center’s life-size model, and Carey Williams, associate professor and associate extension specialist. The final station was all about fun and games with guests participating in “Equine Science Jeopardy,” testing their horse knowledge, with Nettie Liburt (SEBS ‘11), Ph.D. in Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences.
Editors Note: Next on the Center’s agenda is the Symposium on Legal, Business and Insurance Issues for horse and horse farm owners, to be held on Monday, October 10, 2016 at The Palace At Somerset Park.