Bethany College Introduces Equine Studies Faculty

BETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. Amanda Stewart, Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of Equine Studies at Bethany College, welcomed back a number of familiar faces and introduced some new additions to the faculty that will be leading the Equine Studies Program and the Bethany Equestrian Club Team into their new home at the Pegasus Farm Equestrian Center.

“I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of instructors and trainers,” said Dr. Stewart, who also serves as advisor for the Equestrian Club Team. “Our students will have the best of both worlds as they learn from caring and highly-qualified mentors who combine extensive experience in the equine industry with strong academic backgrounds.”

Stewart holds a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and earned her M.S. in Reproductive Physiology and Ph.D. in Animal Science from West Virginia University. Stewart has extensive animal handling and surgery experience in research/veterinary and farm settings. She will specialize in teaching Equine Husbandry, Animal Nutrition and Animal Genetics courses in the Equine Studies major. A competitive endurance rider, Stewart also has experience with Hunter-Jumper, Polo, and Foxhunting and has trained with several internationally known trainers. She has recently received a $55,000 research grant in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture and West Virginia University to aid research she is conducting in genetics and reproductive physiology.

Anne Kaufman, co-owner of Pegasus Farm, will serve as Coordinator of Equine Facilities and Riding and will be the instructor for the eventing classes. Pegasus Farm is located just four miles from the Bethany College campus. A 1993 graduate of Otterbein College, Kaufman majored in Equine Science with a minor in Business. Kaufman is an international three-day event rider who has competed and trained at the international CCI** level. Aspiring to represent the United States on the three-day event team at the 2012 Olympics, Kaufman is currently training with FEI Judge and trainer, Carel Eijkenaar and Olympic medalist Karen O’Connor.

Dr. Lori Bohenko, a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, returns as an instructor. She will specialize in Equine Anatomy, Physiology, and Health in addition to teaching Equine Sports Medicine and Lameness and Equine Reproduction. She is currently the West Virginia Racing Commission Veterinarian at Wheeling Island Racetrack after serving in a similar capacity at horse racing facilities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Dr. Bohenko also worked as an Equine Veterinarian Consultant in Saudi Arabia and was proprietor of an equine ambulatory practice in Ligonier, Pa.

William Benson returns as an instructor for the Equine Management and Facility Design courses. Benson has more than three decades of management experience in the industry, having managed facilities and horses in various capacities as foreman, assistant manager, barn manager and farm manager. His skill set includes the breeding, foaling, breaking and training of young horses along with farm pasture maintenance and record keeping. Benson has worked as a racing official in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, served overseas as an equine consultant in Saudi Arabia and worked as a veterinary assistant and veterinary technician in this country.

Kerri Gregg returns to Bethany after a brief hiatus to once again work with the Hunter/Jumper classes and team. She will also teach the instructor’s courses for the Equine Studies majors. A graduate of California (Pa.) University, Gregg is an experienced instructor who currently coaches and teaches at several facilities in the tri-state area while also serving as a judge. She is a former national Tetrathlon champion and was a graduate “A” Pony Clubber with the Brush Run Pony Club. Gregg, who has also worked in the area of therapeutic riding instruction, is an official steward of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

Kathy Montgomery is back for her second year as Dressage instructor and coach of the Dressage team. The Bethany College graduate worked as a clinician/instructor at numerous facilities in North Carolina and trained with many high-profile clinicians, including Centered Riding founder Sally Swift. Montgomery holds a Centered Riding Certification and a Gyrokinesis Certification. She has served as a World Games Special Olympics Equestrian Coach and has nearly 10 years experience as a therapeutic riding instructor.

Shannon Urquhart, a native of Nevada and a University of Nevada graduate, comes to Bethany to instruct the stock seat classes and coach the Western team. She has been teaching for five years and is currently pursuing a Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism. Specializing in Western, Urquhart has been training horses and giving lessons in Nevada, Texas and West Virginia. She has also won numerous high points and championships at various equestrian competitions. Urquhart was a qualifier for the Quarter Horse World Show in Hunter Under Saddle, Showmanship, Western Pleasure and Western Equitation.

Betsy Tustin serves as barn manager for Pegasus Farms and will be instructing the riding classes in the Wellness lifelong sports program at Bethany. Tustin earned a bachelor’s degree in Equine Careers and Industry Management from Salem International University and holds certification from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Equine Breeding Management. She competed on the Intercollegiate Equestrian Team during her college years and is an English, Western, and Saddle Seat instructor.