Kentucky Equine Research Nutrition Webinar Panel
Dr Clarissa Brown-Douglas
Clarissa is from Wellington, New Zealand.
She graduated with an honours degree in animal science and a doctorate in equine growth and development from Massey University. Her research focused on growth and maturation in thoroughbreds born in the spring and autumn. After graduating Clarissa lived in Aspen, Colorado, before landing in Kentucky to work in the thoroughbred industry.
Clarissa spent five months prepping yearlings at Lane’s End Farm before joining the Kentucky Equine Research team as a research fellow in October 2005.
She spent a year analyzing Kentucky Equine Research’s large database of body weight and growth data. In early 2007, Clarissa took over the role as international client services manager. Clarissa has been involved in horses all her life, but also enjoys skiing, traveling, and reading.
Dr Peter Huntington
Peter earned a veterinary degree from the University of Melbourne in 1981 and then worked in equine practice in Berwick, Victoria. He then joined the Department of Agriculture (Victoria) as the horse specialist veterinary officer. While with the Department of Agriculture, he conducted research and investigation into equine nutrition.
Dr.Huntington is an external lecturer and examiner at the
University of Melbourne Veterinary Science programme and holds numerous appointments in the horse industry. He is a past president and editor of the Australian Equine Veterinary Association and has been a Trustee of the Australian Horse Industry Council.
In 1993 he joined Rhone-Poulenc Animal Nutrition (RPAN) as Director of Equine Nutrition to spearhead their horse nutrition division. This commenced a relationship with Kentucky Equine Research, who provided consultancy services to RPAN. In 1999, Kentucky Equine Research established an Australasian operation with Dr. Huntington as Director of Equine Nutrition.
Dr. Huntington travels widely to consult with horse owners and managers on equine nutrition and to lecture on the subject. He is also the author of the popular book Horse Sense – The Guide to Horse Care in Australia and New Zealand published in 2005 and is a respected author of many articles and papers on a variety of topics relating to equine nutrition.
Originally from Auckland, Luisa’s career in equine nutrition has taken her around the world. She has a degree in applied science from Massey University and a masters in equine nutrition from the University of Edinburgh, which involved a study investigating tying up in NZ thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses.
After working for racing stables, studs and performance horse yards in NZ and Europe, Luisa began her career as a research intern for Kentucky Equine Research (KER) in Kentucky in 2009 before moving to Melbourne as a KER nutrition consultant. From there she joined NRM and McMillan Equine as their equine nutritionist in 2015.
Luisa has always had a keen interest in the development of equine feeds and supplements, as well as education on correct feeding methods to produce healthy athletic horses.
Tegan Fitzsimon is celebrated as one of New Zealand’s top onshore-based jumpers. She is known both for her competitive edge and for producing young horses. She and Windermere Cappuccino have won back-to-back FEI World Cup (NZ) leagues and on their way through the grades have laid claim to every national series. Tegan is also a Youth Olympic gold medallist. While based in Canterbury, she campaigns her team of horses throughout the country for much of the year.