ANS Awards Winter 2014

The following are awards from the ANS 2014 Winter newsletter

MSU Rodeo Club

The following are awards from the ANS 2014 Winter newsletter:

Spartan Stampede Rodeo named the Indoor Rodeo of the Year

For the third year in a row, the Spartan Stampede Rodeo has been named the Indoor Rodeo of the Year by the members of the International Professional Rodeo Association. Making it possible were all the hard working club members, including Amanda Freis, Brent Moore, Tarajo Lynn Reinhart and Kyle Bowen (the executive officer team); Denise and Kyle Fullhart (coach and assistant coach); Twisted P Rodeo (stock contractor) and many others. Additional thanks to Hondo Carpenter Sr., for his support of the club! The team traveled to the awards ceremony at the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in January and put on another outstanding rodeo Feb. 14-16.


MSU Extension Social Media Award

The eXtension Horse Quest Community of Practice (CoP) has been using social media to disseminate  equine content to users. The Horse Quest CoP has seen its largest success on Facebook, thanks in large part to the work of the social media chair, Taylor Fabus. Taylor is a visiting instructor in the MSU Department of Animal Science who works with MSU Extension youth horse programming. For more information, please visit


MSU Extension Technology in Programs Award

Christine Skelly and Karen Waite, MSU, the University of Nebraska, the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University  joined forces to develop the Equine Business Network (EBN) on eXtension Horses ( One major goal of the network is to provide accessible education about business issues facing horse industry professionals in rural settings in the North Central Region. For more information, please visit:


National Association of County Agricultural Agents Awards

The MSU Beef Team was a national finalist in the “Search for Excellence in Livestock Production.” The team members are Brenda Reau, assistant director of the MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio; Jason Rowntree, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science; and Extension educators Gerald Lindquist, Jeannine Schweihofer, Kable Thurlow and Kevin Gould. The team took an innovative approach to educating beef producers utilizing a series of webinars in 2011 and 2012.

The state-level win for the publication “Carcass Composting: A Mortality Management Option for Michigan Equine Owners” (E3168) was a team effort. Extension educator Thomas Guthrie and Dale Rozeboom, professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science, wrote the publication. Extension educator M. Charles Gould and Extension specialist Karen Waite reviewed it.  Judy Marteniuk, associate professor in the Large Animal Clinic, was instrumental in helping with carcass composting demonstrations at the MSU Ag Expo, which led to the creation and development of the publication. The publication helps horse owners in Michigan become aware of and understand how to utilize composting for animal carcass management and helps them develop or make improvements in mortality management procedures.


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