Who’s Who in Univeristy of Maryland Equine Studies

Dr. Amy Burk
Amy serves as the coordinator for the undergraduate Equine Studies option within the Animal and Avian Sciences Department at the University of Maryland. She completed her graduate work in Animal and Poultry Sciences as a Pratt Fellow in Animal Nutrition at Virginia Tech, earning an MS in 1998 and a PhD in 2001. At UMD, she teaches Horse Management and Equine Science along with presenting many other horse-related lectures and labs within the department’s four-year curriculum. As an Extension Horse Specialist, Amy provides statewide educational leadership and training in the area of equine nutrition and pasture management. She is the project coordinator for the Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration Site in Ellicott City where she hosts many pasture-related educational events. She has received several awards including the Outstanding Educator Award from the Equine Science Society and the Poffenberger Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland. She grew up riding in the Linthicum 4-H Hi-Riders and St. Margaret’s Pony Club, both based in Anne Arundel County.

Dr. Charlie Apter
Charlie joined the faculty of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at University of Maryland College Park in August 2012 as Livestock Lecturer. He received a BS from Clemson University and a PhD in Animal Science (Equine) from Texas A&M University, after which he taught for 11 years in NE Missouri at Truman State University where he managed a 45-head university-owned horse herd. He was then named Director of Agriculture at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, Texas. He has spent much of the last 15 years teaching animal science and equine-related coursework, and most of his teaching has focused on the basic science of animals including anatomy, physiology, reproduction, nutrition, and behavior, and the practical implications of animal science for the management of horses, cattle and other livestock. His teaching assignment at UMD will include a mix of equine, livestock, and animal science courses.


Jennifer Reynolds
Jennifer is the Equine-Poultry Extension Coordinator for the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences. In that role, she assists equine faculty with the planning and execution of equine education programs including the University Seminar Series at Horse World Expo, Equine Session at the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, and the pasture events held at the Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration Site. Jennifer was born and raised in southern New Jersey; after graduating from Delaware Valley College, majoring in Large Animal Science, she worked as a broodmare manager, boarding barn manager and as a volunteer with therapeutic riding programs. In 1998, she moved to Carroll County where she spent 10 years with UMD Extension working as an Educator with the 4-H program and then for a brief period with the Nutrient Management Program. She now is happy to have her own horses to enjoy and compete in local hunter circuits.


Jessica Renshaw
Jessica is a Faculty Extension Assistant for the Lower Eastern Shore counties: Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester. While growing up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, agriculture was always an intimate part of Jessica’s life. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UMD Eastern Shore in 2008 in Agriculture/Animal Science. Being a well-rounded equestrian, she has participated and shown in many disciplines, ranging from show jumping and equitation to western pleasure, as well as being very successful in barrel racing. Her responsibilities include developing and coordinating educational programs and events to meet the needs of the local agricultural community, including equine health and pasture management. Equine workshops held on the Lower Shore include workshops on forage, nutrition, horse health, farm management, and pasture walks. Jessica is always encouraging youth to become involved. She is an avid trail rider and also competes in competitive trail challenges with her Paint and Quarter Horses.

Karol Dyson
Karol is the Senior Agent and Capitol Area Extension Director. She has worked with both Connecticut and Maryland Extension in both urban and rural areas. A major part of her youth development work has been in the area of developing youth through Animal Science. Her other areas of expertise are in the fields of Volunteer Development and Nutrition and Fitness. She has an MEd from the University of Hartford with a focus on multicultural education. Dyson lives with her riding family and eight horses in rural Southern Maryland.



Shannon Dill
Shannon is currently the Agriculture Educator and County Extension Director for UMD Extension in Talbot County. She has been a faculty member of the UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources since 2001. She received a BS in Agriculture Business and an MS in Agriculture Economics from the University of Wyoming. Shannon provides outreach and education to agricultural producers of Talbot and neighboring counties in farm business planning, sustainable small farm enterprises, marketing and livestock management. Her educational programs have included QuickBooks for Farm Business Planning, Ag Tourism, Equine Pasture Management and Grain Marketing.



Elaine Bailey
Elaine is currently the 4-H Youth Development Educator for UMD Extension-Calvert County. In that capacity, she plans, directs, and evaluates a variety of youth development projects, ranging from horses to insects; from computers to GPS. An animal scientist with a BS Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Pure Science from Clemson University, and an MS Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from Iowa State University, she has taught numerous classes at UMD College Park. Elaine is a member of Extension’s HorseQuest Community of Practice, where she assists with answering questions about horses, and developing and reviewing informational documents for inclusion on the web site. In her horse pursuits, she says she is currently humbly learning all about the beauty and nuances of dressage, after being a western pleasure rider much of her life.


Dave Myers
Dave has been a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, and currently is the Agricultural Extension Educator for both Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. Prior to assuming the UMD Extension position in December 1997, Dave was the agronomist for the U.S. Naval Academy Dairy Farm, where he was employed from 1980 to 1997. While working there, Dave earned a BS degree in Agronomy, Crop Science in 1983 and an MS degree in Agronomy, Weed Science in 1996 from the University of Maryland. His Extension responsibilities include all field crop and livestock agriculture with an emphasis on fruit and vegetable production and marketing. Dave currently conducts fruit and vegetable research trials at the University of Maryland Upper Marlboro Research and Education Center.


Brittany Hoffman
Brittany Hoffman is the Equine and Environmental Science Coordinator for University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth Development. She grew up in Southern Maryland and has been an avid equestrian most of her life. She graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. Her strong passion and enthusiasm for horses led her to an internship at Pin Oak Stud Farm in Versailles, Kentucky where she worked through the thoroughbred foaling and breeding seasons. She looks forward to working with Maryland youth and enriching their experiences and education within the equine and shooting sports industries.



David A. Martin
David Martin is the Senior Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources for Baltimore County. A native of Pennsylvania, Dave received both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Agronomy from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. His early employment included two and half years as supervisor of the Virginia Tech Extension Soil Fertility Lab followed by 13 years with the Baltimore Farm Credit District in various lending and human resources positions. Since 1988 he has been with the University of Maryland Extension as an Extension Educator, receiving tenure in 1994. The first five years he served in Anne Arundel County followed by his present position in Baltimore County. He works with a variety of educational, crop production, environmental and land use issues with farmers, landowners and governmental agencies.


Aubrey Lowrey
Aubrey Lowrey is a new addition to the Equine Studies program at UMD, working as a graduate student under the direction of Dr. Amy Burk. She is a Maryland native and long time horse enthusiast having grown up riding and showing horses locally in Montgomery and Howard counties. She received a BS with majors in Dairy Science and Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Agricultural Leadership from the University of Georgia. Aubrey looks forward to becoming involved with the Maryland horse industry as well as beginning research this spring.





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