Jul 20, 2018
Elise’s guest today is Dr. Karen Waite, who has an astounding wealth of knowledge on all things horses, competing, and being an equestrian. She is the coordinator of Michigan State University’s Horse Management program and the director of undergraduate education in MSU’s Department of Animal Science. She also serves as the faculty coordinator of MSU’s Horse Teaching and Research Center and as the faculty advisor to the MSU Equestrian team and Horsemen’s Association.
With both teaching and extension appointments, Karen’s responsibilities include managing the Michigan 4-H Horse Judges List and coordinating the Michigan 4-H PEP program for riders with disabilities. On top of all this, Karen is a past president of the American Youth Horse Council, President of the Michigan Quarter Horse Association, and carded judge with POAC.
Education-wise, Karen has Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and Animal Science, a Master’s Degree in Animal Science with a nutrition emphasis, and a Doctoral degree in Sports Psychology, with an emphasis on equestrian sport and activity.
In this episode, Karen talks about her background, her life and work as a professor, her involvement with horses outside of her work, and her plans and hopes for the future. She also gives her recommendations to horse owners and advice and tips from lessons she has learned. Tune in to hear more about Karen’s incredible knowledge and passion for horses.
Topics of Discussion:
[:45] About Elise’s guest today, Karen Waite.
[2:05] How did Karen’s amazing career come together? Did she always know what she wanted to do?
[5:05] Karen’s joy in being able to be involved in what she loves every day.
[8:51] The challenges Karen has endured on her path to pursuing what she loves.
[11:35] Elise reads listener feedback.
[13:39] Elise’s first break and the path that led her to Because of Horses.
[15:52] Karen’s observations when working with students at MSU and the lesson she always passes on when it comes to a career with horses.
[18:43] What it’s like balancing her hobbies and professional life.
[19:56] What topics Karen believes horse owners should be aware of and her recommendations to pursue these topics.
[23:50] Is the extension service the underlying organization for MSU’s new farrier program?
[25:29] More about the new farrier program at MSU and farrier statistics and profession.
[29:35] Elements from Karen’s research of her doctoral dissertation that stood out to her.
[34:56] The importance of putting the care of your horse first in the competing world.
[38:54] Some of the tricks unfair competitors use in horse competitions.
[43:10] A sneak peek of some of the future guests in the coming weeks of Because of Horses.
[45:14] About Karen’s plans and projects for the future.
[47:41] The vast amount of opportunities in the horse industry.
[50:50] Where to follow Karen online.
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