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Seeking Voices of Authority

The following Equestrian Experts worldwide are being sought to share their knowledge via a series of Q&A interviews.

Professor William (Twink) Allen studies equine fertility at the thoroughbred Breeders Association in Newmarket.

is the world’s -leading authority on the architecture of nomad tents, who has done decades of research with Turkish nomads.

Professor David Anthony is an anthropologist, and the Director of the Institute for Ancient Equestrian Studies at Hartwick College, who uncovered evidence indicating that marks found on ancient horse teeth from Kazakhstan could have been caused by wear from a rope bit in the horse’s mouth.

Tom Aronson, of Churchill Downs, organized the now-defunct Horse Industry Alliance, which attempted to organize the North American equestrian community into cooperative action designed to offset the decline of riding and equestrian involvement.

Dr. Robert Bendry led a study which documented how horses were bred and moved in Roman era Britain.

Professor Matthew Binns is an expert in equine genetics at the Royal Veterinarian College, London.

Edward Bonnie is an American attorney concentrating his practice in the area of equine law.

Ji Byeong-mok is the Director of the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage in Korea, who is excavating the most important equestrian gravesite ever discovered in that country

Dr Francis Burton, of the University of Glasgow, is the Founder of the Equine Behaviour Forum, an international non-profit group dedicated to studying the horse.

Bill Cooke is the Director of the International Museum of the Horse, Kentucky Horse Park.

Professor Alan Cooper, led a team from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA which identified new horse species in Eurasia and South America.

Professor Joost Crouwel, of the Netherlands, is a historical expert on wheeled equine vehicles in the ancient Near East.

Cai Dawei is an equestrian researcher with the Centre of Archaeological Research at Jilin University in China, who is studying when and where horses were first domesticated in China.

Professor Albert Dien is an expert on the stirrup and its effect on Chinese military history.

Professor Dan Flores documented the immense financial impact of wild mustangs on the emerging 18th century American economy.

Dr. Cesare Galli succeeded in creating the world’s first horse clone at the Laboratory of Reproductive Technology at Cremona, Italy.

Jean Louis Gourard is France’s leading academic equestrian researcher, investigative reporter, author, publisher and film-maker.

Andrew Gregorovich is Executive Director of the Ukrainian Research Centre and a knowledgeable expert on Scythian equestrian culture.

Jacquelyn Gill is a graduate researcher and doctorial candidate at the University of Wisconsin whose discoveries have helped determine why horses became extinct in North America.

Professor Alan Guthrie, who heads the Equine Research at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute in South Africa, is working to develop a new vaccine against African Horse Sickness.

Dr. Evelyn Hanggi, co-founder of the Equine Research Foundation, led a study documenting how the horse’s cognitive abilities have been misunderstood.

Luther Hanson is the Curator of the United States Army’s Quartermaster museum, which houses an extensive equestrian collection.

Professor Paul Hebert is an evolutionary biologist at the University of Guelph in Canada who is attempting to create a universal DNA identification system, including Equids.

Dr. Gerd Heuschmann is a German veterinarian whose book, “Tug of War,” identifies harmful developments in today’s modern sport riding.

Gillian Higgins is an English sports remedial therapist who has created a unique artistic educational program which accurately depicts the horse’s skeletal and musculature components

Dr. Wendy Hofstee is the Dutch owner of  Unicorn Trails, a company which is leading a global effort to establish ethical standards in the equestrian tourism business worldwide.

Peter Hogan is an Australian film maker who has created an international effort to document how the Australian and New Zealand cavalry, not Lawrence of Arabia, actually liberated the Middle East from the Ottoman Empire.

James Horan has documented the Irish equestrian culture through a series of cutting edge photographs, focusing on Dublin’s famous Smithfield Horse Market.

Dr. Jorn Hurum, of the University of Oslo Natural History Museum in Norway, has led an investigation of 47 million-year-old fossils found in Germany, including human and horse specimens found at the same location.

Professor Leo Jeffcott, of the University of Sydney, is the former Chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee and the last official veterinarian at the last three Olympics.

Phillippe Karl, an Ecuyer at the prestigious Cadre Noir in France, is leading an international effort to reform competitive dressage.

Dr. Trudy Kawami, Director of Research at the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, has studied the weapons, tools and vessels used by Bronze Age Central Asian mounted nomads.

Dr. Peter Kirkpatrick, Director of the ZooMontana project, has helped formulate a plan to control wild equine populations through the use of immunocontraception.

Professor Peter Kun is a Hungarian expert on the equestrian culture of the Steppe nomads.

Audrius Laskauskas, Curator of the Memorial Horse Museum of Lithuania, is leading an effort to preserve his nation’s equestrian heritage.

Chris Lavers is the author of in-depth historical study detailing the legend and social effects of the unicorn.

Dr. Alban Lemasson led a research team from the University of Rennes in France to document the intricate vocal communication system of horses.

Professor Bruce MacFadden is a paleobiologist, and project director for the National Science Foundation’s Fossil Horse Research, whose study of prehistoric horses has revealed new discoveries.

Dr. Ross MacPhee is the Curator of the American Museum of Natural History who has studied new genetic evidence connected to the extinction of horses in North America.

Ali Mahforouzi is an Iranian equine archaeologist studying the remains of horse-riding inhabitants from the third millennium BC.

Irakli Makharadze undertook a landmark equestrian study of his native country of Georgia, documenting how it was Georgian trick riders, not Russian Cossacks, who were the stars of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Dr. Karen McComb, from the University of Sussex, has documented how horses can recognize individual neighs and match them to faces.

Dr. Clay McShane is specialist in the urban history of the United States and the author of a book devoted to studying the use of horses in the urban environment.

Dr Paul McGreevy is a Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, who is the author of books specializing in Ethology, the scientific study of equine behaviour.

Dr. Patricia Moehlman, an equine behavioural ecologist working for the International Equine Species Survival Organisation, specialises in the preservation of wild African Equids.

Brigadier General Dr. Thomas Murnane, DVM US Army ret., documented the destruction of the “Great Epizootic,” the equine influenza epidemic which spread from Canada to Panama in 1872.

Dr. Jack Murphy, from the University of Limerick, led a team which established a link between facial hair whorls and a horse’s preference for being either right or left “handed.”

Denzil O’Brien is an Australian researcher at Flinders University who is documenting human-animal interactions in specific sports such as jumps racing, fox-hunting and eventing and exploring the role of, and repugnance of, the death of an animal as entertainment.

Professor Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage, led an international team of archaeologists into Mongolia, where they discovered a grave of 26 Scythian men and women, as well as their treasure and horses.

Marc Raibert is the inventor of the Robotic Mechanical Mule being tested by Boston Dynamics and the US Army.

Robert Ramirez is the coordinator of Venezuela’s four-legged mobile library programme, in which book-mules deliver books to children in remote Andean villages. 

Dr. Sohaila Rastan is a specialist in bio-ethics and the Director of science funding for the Wellcome Trust.

Rodolfo Salas-Gismondi, a vertebrate palaeontologist from Lima, Peru, excavated Pleistocene horse fossils in Peru, which may affect the investigation of how Equus dispersed into South America after the closing of the isthmus of Panama.

Andy Scott is a Scottish sculpture who has been commissioned to create two equine heads, each the height of a ten-story building, which will be known as the Kelpies.

Dr. Sonya Sokolow, heads the Flaxen Colour Research Project which is attempting to document the genetic markers of certain breeds of horses.

Dr. Ulrike Thiel, of the Netherlands, operates HippoCampus, an Institute for the study of equitherapy and equestrian sports psychology, where she combines her professional background as a psychologist with the education and training of horses, riders and other Equitherapists.

Dr. Peter Timoney at the Gluck Equine Research Centre led an investigation into the spread of equestrian epidemics, most notably piroplasmosis.

Dr. Claudia Uller, of the University of Cambridge, has investigated a horse’s ability to construct mathematical calculations.

Robert Wauters is a Belgian equestrian historian whose specialty is the study of military saddles.

Dr. Sergey Zimov is the Director of the North-East Science Station in Yakutia, Russia, who has initiated a project known as the “Pleistocene Park” which he hopes will support vast populations of Pleistocene epoch animals.


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