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WPDA Clinic: Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church 2040 Washington Road Pittsburgh, PA 15241 USA (map)

Join us for an unmounted clinic regarding equine nutrition and exercise physiology with Penn State University's Danielle Smarsh, Ph.D., and Burt Staniar, Ph.D.

Please register so we know how many people to expect!


Sunday, February 10, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2040 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241

Member Price (WPDA, 4-H, Pony Club Members)
Pre-Registration - $15
At the Door - $20

Non-Member Price
Pre-Registration - $20
At the Door- $25

Light lunch and drinks included!

1 - 2 P.M. - Dr. Danielle Smarsh, Ph.D.
”The Horse is a Great Athlete; Exercise Physiology Explains It”

2 - 3 P.M. - Dr. Burt Staniar, Ph.D.
”Anatomy of the Gastrointestinal Tract & Its Nutritional Effects”

3 - 4 P.M. - Dr. Burt Staniar, Ph.D.
Questions & Answers on Equine Nutrition; Your Questions Answered

About the speakers:
Danielle Smarsh, Ph.D., PAS – is Assistant Professor of Equine Science and Equine Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State University. She recently moved back to the Northeast after spending 4.5 years teaching in the Animal Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Dr. Smarsh grew up riding horses in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. She received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Delaware and her Ph.D. in Equine Exercise Physiology from Rutgers University. Her equine research involved looking at the effects of age and training on antioxidants and oxidative stress in Standardbreds.

Burt Staniar, Ph.D. – joined the Department of Animal Science at Penn State in the Fall of 2007. He completed his Ph.D. and a post-doc at Virginia Tech studying nutrition’s influence on cartilage and skeletal development in Thoroughbred horses. In his first 5 years at Penn State, Burt continued research in this area by investigating how different dietary energy sources influence insulin-like growth factor I and growth hormone. During the past 5 years, the focus of his research has shifted to gastrointestinal health of the equine athlete. Equine athletes suffer from a wide range of health concerns that are associated perturbations to gastrointestinal health. These include gastric ulcers, enteritis, colitis, colic, and even laminitis. Dr. Staniar has focused on assessing aspects of the luminal environment, assessing gut permeability, and investigating inflammation associated with particular diets. Dr. Staniar is particularly interested in potential parallels between human and equine athletes and the potential for research to benefit both. In addition to his research, Dr. Staniar teaches a range of courses from freshman seminar to Equine Nutrition and Equine Exercise Physiology.

Earlier Event: February 4
WPDA Board Meeting
Later Event: March 3
ODS Early Spring Warm-Up