NAEAA 2016  conference overview schedule

Monday, June 6th
5-7pm Check-in for pre-conference excursion/ early arrivals - Lackland Center (if you require check-in
after 7pm, please email

Tuesday, June 7th
Pre conference excursion and conference opening
Pre-Conference excursion:  8 am to 1:30 pm ($25 excursion fee includes ‘to go’ breakfast and lunch)
 * 7:45 am check in for departure!  
•        Tour of United States Equestrian Federation headquarters
•        Tour of Tranquility Farms
•        Beval Saddlery:

Conference Registration:  12-2pm - Lackland Center Lobby. Tuesday presenters - email presentations to
Lynn Taylor ( prior to 1pm on Tuesday OR appear in person between 1:30
and 1:45 to load.

Conference opening at 2pm
2:00:  Conference Welcome
  • 2:30-3:15:  Opening Presentation:  Best practices and current trends in student assessment (Dr.
    Jeremy Houska, Director of Institutional Assessment, Centenary University)
Session 1:  Assessment of student knowledge and learning
  • 3:30:  Scientific Literacy of Equine Studies Students Regarding the Use of Antibiotics and Vaccines
    (S.L. Masteller and R.C. Bott, South Dakota State University )
  • 3:45: Assessment of Communication, Consensus Building, and Civility Through In-Class
    Collaboration Between Equine Studies and Theater (S. Simms and S. Davis, Centenary College )
  • 4:00: One Course – Many Directions (K. Splinter-Watkins, Eastern Kentucky University)
  • 4:15: Writing in the Discipline (WID) Courses:  Assessing Continual Improvement in Writing Skills of
    Senior Equine Studies Majors (L. Taylor, Centenary College)  
  • 4:30-4:45:  Quick Break
  • 4:45-5:45:  Collaborative projects in student knowledge, learning, and assessment - working
    session using Thinkspace 2.0.  (P. Miller-Auwerda, Iowa State University and K. Merkies, University
    of Guelph)
5:45-7pm:   Welcome reception with BBQ and topical discussions

Wednesday, June 8th
  **Wednesday presenters - email your presentations to Jeff Pendergraft ( prior to
7am or appear in person to load betwen 8 and 8:30am

8:30 - Morning announcements
Session 2:  Skills assessment and care of the riding horse
  • 8:45: Hands-on Skills Assessment in a Comprehensive Equine Curriculum (K. Munz and S. Simms,
    Centenary College)
  • 9:00: Student Self-Assessment:  A Tool to Direct Lessons in Riding Skills and Maximize Student
    Learning (T. Clausen, Centenary College)
  • 9:15: Differences in Stereotypic Stable Behaviors between School Horses with and School Horses
    without Turnout (J. Riddle and A. Mitchell, Wilmington College)
  • Quick Break: 9:30-9:45
  • 9:45: Efficacy of an Oral Supplement on Movement in Exercising Horses (M.J. Nawa, M.L. Santiago, C.
    A. Porr, Murray State University)
  • 10:00 Utilization of Triple Crown Management Software for an Undergraduate Equestrian Facility (M.
    Lapp, Centenary College)
  • 10:15: Learning Theory Applied to Training  (A. Telatin, Delaware Valley University)
  • 10:30-11:00: AM Refreshment Break
Invited Speaker (11:00–11:45): Understanding Arena Footing and its Impact on Riding Horse Welfare –
Lessons Learned from Research and Application. Dr. Jeff Thomason, Ontario Veterinary College,
University of Guelph
Lunch:  11:45–12:30
  • 12:20: Begin departure for Centenary College Equestrian Center
Session 3:  Conference workshops
  • 1:00-2:00:  Centenary College Equestrian Center Tours and Facility Discussion- (K. Munz Centenary
  • 2:00-2:40: Demonstration and Application - Research on arena footing with insights into involving
    undergraduates in this type of project.  Jeff Thomason. Ontario Veterinary College, University of
  • 2:40-3:00:  Refreshment break
  • 3-4:30 (group split in ½)
  • Teaching Tips and Tools for Non-Farrier Teachers - Considering the Horse’s Welfare Applied to
    Trimming and Shoeing (J. Butler, Butler Professional Farrier School)  
  • Thinkspace 2.0 Wrap Up (P. Miller-Auwerda, Iowa State University and K. Merkies, University of
  • 4:30-5:45 Practical Application of Learning Theory: Effective Use of the Natural and Artificial Aids and
    the Clicker.  (A. Telatin and C. Kieschnick, Delaware Valley University)  
5:45-7:30 Heavy hors’ devours cocktail reception featuring New Jersey wine and beer
  • Presentation of 2016 Henneke award
  • Yankee Swap – bring a gift related to your home college and/or state and plan to join the fun! http:

Thursday June 9th
Session 4:  Poster Session with continental breakfast
Poster presenters, bring posters on a flash drive for loading at 7:45am

Group A:  8:00 – 8:30
  1. Equestrian Strength and Conditioning Progress Testing (W. Houser, A. Anthony, K. Bump, Cazenovia
  2. Growing the Equine Industry:  Time to Ride  (S. Barberra, Delaware Valley University)
  3. Building Program Reputation and Donor Relations Through Careful Management of Horse
    Donations  (T. Clausen, Centenary College)
  4. Equine Orientation Program; A Program for Incoming Students to Enhance Safety and Promote
    Community (C. Kieschnick, Delaware Valley University)
  5. Improving and Promoting the Equine Academic Discipline in West African Veterinary Schools –
    Taking a Cue from NAEAA Principles (W.P Mshelia. Ahmadu Bello University)
Group B:  8:30-9:00  
  1. School Horse Suitability and Startle Responses (S. Shuler, B. Siehr, and A. Mitchell, Wilmington
  2. Profitability of the Wilmington College Equine Center  (B. Siehr and A. Mitchell, Wilmington College)
  3. Fifty-Six Years of Success: The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Equine Program (D. Smarsh and
    C. Bass, University of Wisconsin-River Falls),
  4. Demographic Differences in How Riders Perceive Themselves Based on Video Analysis (L.G. Wood,
    Southern Utah University)
  5. Instructional Strategies for Equine Students with Visual Impairments (S.R. Malone and C. Schneider,
    Morehead State University, Morehead KY)

Session 5: Program Reputation and Sustainability
  • 9:15: A Perspective from PATH (S. Albrecht, PATH International)
  • 9:30: Integrating an Equine-Assisted Therapies Course into the Liberal Arts Curriculum. (A. Rumore,
    Randolph College)
  • 9:45: Service Learning: Strategic Teaching for Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy (K. Splinter-
    Watkins, Eastern Kentucky University)
  • 10-10:15 - Beverage Break
  • 10:15:  Developing a Dashboard of Key Performance Indicators to Measure and Track Sustainability
    in Undergraduate Equine Programs (T. Williams and K. Bump, Cazenovia College)
  • 10:40 – 11:00 Moving forward: NAEAA Certification (K. Bump and T. Williams, NAEAA)
Session 6:  Teaching Tools; presentation and demonstration  (11:00-12:15) – 5min per person then move
to tables for mix/mingle/explore time
  • Essential Anatomy Kit  (J. Butler, Butler Professional Farrier School)
  • EQUESTrian Cards (A. Galliher,
  • A Novel Resource for Teaching Equine Training and Behavior (E. Labounty and D. James, Double
    Dan Horsemanship)
  • Using Socrative as a tool for classroom engagement (M. Taylor, Seton Hall University)  
  • Animal welfare Judging Completion (C. Heleski, Michigan State University)
  • Triple Crown Management Software (M. Lapp, Centenary College)
Closing session:  12:30-1:45: Lunch, Session 'wrap-ups', and NAEAA business meeting for all conference

Post Conference Workshop (post conference fee $15)
2:00 -5:00 – Using the NAEAA Standards of Excellence criteria for program review, assessment and
  • Training for those who wish to utilize (or consider utilizing) the NAEAA Standards of Excellence for
    internal or external review.  NOTE:  Individuals completing the workshop are eligible to earn NAEAA
    reviewer certification.  Academic Programs that choose to utilize the NAEAA Standards of
    Excellence, and post summary data on their academic websites, are eligible to earn NAEEA
    Standards of Excellence Certification.