Dr. Ivey and Kevin Thompson

Dr. Ivey

Dr. Jennie Ivey grew up in a coastal region of New Jersey, but began her career with horses through numerous 4-H projects and avid lessons, shows and training trips. She began her professional animal science career by completing a B. S. focusing on equine science at Rutgers University, and a M.S. and PhD at West Virginia University studying equine nutrition and exercise physiology. Currently, Dr. Ivey is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee and serves as the Equine Extension Specialist for the state. Her research and extension interests include nutritional, exercise and management interventions to improve equine well-being, along with the impact of owner knowledge on equine management. Dr. Ivey serves on the American Youth Horse Council board of directors, the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round Up Committee, and the Equine Science Society Exercise Science Committee.

Kevin Thompson has 30 years experience in utilizing low stress methods for handling, training and managing livestock, including horses.The driver behind his teaching philosophy has been the beef cattle industry

Kevin Thompson

and utilization of the horses to maximize efficiencies and safety across all aspects of this industry; feedlot, cow/calf, stocker, marketing and research.The common denominator is that the management of any beef production system can be more efficient and effective through the utilization of a good cow horse, due to the beneficial impact on reducing stress at time of handling, movement and observation.

Kevin’s philosophy hinges on training the young horse to have a purpose and his purpose focused programming is to develop a safe horse that desires to be a key partner in any production system.Kevin continues to be dedicated to patterning the horse to work the cow or herd in a safe manner for the rider.

Jennie Ivey and Kevin Thompson’s Presentations

Friday Lecture: Horses senses and how they perceive YOU!

Saturday demo: Human behavior to horse behavior: reducing stress
Sunday Lecture: Linking Veterans and Horses: Resources and Benefits