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Past Awardees

The following awards are offered through NAEAA: 

Don Henneke
Achievement Awards

(career portfolio, awarded as appropriate, only even year awards)

NAEAA Junior Faculty Educator Award

(career portfolio, awarded as appropriate, only even year award)


2022 Aubrey Jaqueth, Ph.D., Wright State University


Aubrey Jaqueth holds a 70% teaching position at Wright State University, Lake Campus. In the last three years, she has revised 10 different courses and serves as a faculty advisor for the Collegiate Young Farmers Club. She has authored or co-authored multiple publications and given numerous academic and professional presentations, including one focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Finally, she has received several grants supporting teaching methodology.

NAEAA Senior Faculty Educator Award

(career portfolio, awarded as appropriate, only even year award)


2022 Bob Coleman, Ph.D., University of Kentucky


Bob Coleman has had extensive involvement in multiple equine-affiliated organizations, including the ESS, ARPAS, NAEAA, AQHA, KyQHA, and CHA. At the University of Kentucky, he serves as an advisor for the equestrian team and Collegiate Professional Horseman’s Association. He has experience teaching from an extension perspective, including eXtension Horses, as well as in the classroom, where he teaches Facility Design and Management, Tack and Tools, and the Equine Capstone. Bob’s many publications are typically extension based, but are also highly collaborative and interdisciplinary. He has also received the 2019 ASAS Distinguished Teacher Award and has been acknowledged as an ASAS and ESS Fellow.


NAEAA Don Henneke Educational Impact Award

(career portfolio, awarded as appropriate, only even year award)


Norman K. Luba 2014 Don Henneke Education Impact Award Recipient


Norm Luba has used his education, his practical experience and his considerable communication and leadership skills to advance knowledge and education relating to equine science. He has had a diverse and extremely successful career of helping horsemen and women in improving their management and business practices. Raised in Connecticut, Norm Luba earned a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut, and an M.S. in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Maryland. Norm Luba has worked in a university-setting at three different institutions. He started his career in New York, where he was Cooperative Extension Agent. He then spent eight years with the University of Maryland as Manager of the Horse Breeding and Research Center and Faculty Research Assistant. He coordinated the state horse program for youth, coached the horse judging teams and also served on the Maryland Horse Breeders’ Health and Farm Management Committee, and on the Board of Directors of the Maryland State Quarter Horse Association. Moving to Kentucky in December 1988, Luba was named the Equine Industry Liaison for the University of Louisville’s newly established Department of Equine Administration. His responsibilities included teaching horse management, computer applications for the horse industry, and providing service programs. Recognized for his horse management expertise, business skills and industry coalition building abilities, Luba was named the executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC) in 1995. Since then, he has served as the worldwide spokesperson for the council which represents ranches in Canada where ranchers work to collect pregnant mares' urine (PMU), from which estrogens are extracted to produce a leading prescription drug used for estrogen replacement therapy. Under Norm Luba’s guidance NAERIC has successfully educated the public and the horse industry about the equine ranching industry, providing accurate information on its progressive and responsible practices. He has been committed to the application of science-based management techniques to ensure that horses within the equine ranching industry receive a high level of care. During Norm Luba’s tenure at NAERIC, the “Code of Practice” for horse ranches has been constantly subjected to rigorous review and revision. He has worked closely with many industry groups to enhance the quality of foals produced by equine ranches increasing their marketability and value within the industry. In addition to his activities within academia and as Executive Director of NAERIC, Norm Luba has touched the horse industry in many other ways. Luba is a past Treasurer of the American Youth Horse Council (AYHC). During his tenure at the AYHC, they produced the Horse Industry Handbook. He has served on the American Horse Council’s Welfare Committee; the International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation Board of Directors (Horse Section chairman); as board member and Treasurer of the Animal Welfare Council; on the United States Equestrian Federation’s Breeders’ Committee (Chairman in 2008 & 2009) and as the Quarter Horse representative to the Sales Integrity Task Force reporting to the Kentucky Legislature. He is a national Director of the American Quarter Horse Association and serves on the AQHA’s Strategic Planning Task Force. He is now Chairman of the AQHA’s Stud Book and Registration Committee. Since 2009 he has served on the AQHA’s Blue Ribbon Task Force implementing the “leveling” of horse shows internationally, and also serves as Chairman of the AQHA’s Affiliate Advisory Board. His previous service includes six years on the AQHA Public Policy Committee. Norm Luba has had a distinguished career in the horse industry. He has educated individuals in all facets of the industry, in government and regulatory areas and in college classrooms. He is certainly a worthy recipient of the Don Henneke Education Impact Award


Harold F. Hintz, Ph.D. 2016 NAEAA Henneke Award


The Henneke Award is designed to recognize an individual who has had a sustained impact on education or educational practices within the horse industry. The recipient’s efforts may have been related to research, teaching or outreach and may have been accomplished within academic, industry or governmental organizations. This year’s recipient is the late Dr. Harold (Skip) Hintz. Raised in Ohio, Skip Hintz received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and then completed his Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Cornell University. After a short appointment at the University of California at Davis, Dr. Hintz returned to Cornell University where he had a long and distinguished career as a professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Animal Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Beginning in the late 1960’s Dr. Hintz initiated what would become the most famous equine nutrition program in the nation, and in the world. Dr. Hintz was a driving force in moving equine nutrition from a tradition-driven practice to a science-driven discipline. He served on National Research Committee on Horse Nutrition from 1973 through 1989 and was a key author on three revisions of The Nutrient Requirements of Horses (1973, 1978 and 1989). He was a founding member of the Equine Nutrition Society which eventually grew into the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society and now the Equine Science Society. ESS is currently the primary venue for the presentation of equine nutrition research and has served as an important source of continuing education and professional development for equine-focused academic and industry professionals. He was also instrumental in developing the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) which has served as the principal venue for research related to equine performance since 1983. Dr. Hintz was a prolific scientist, publishing more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts. Over the course of his career he published some of the most important papers relating to calcium and phosphorus metabolism, protein and amino acid requirements and fiber digestion in the horse. He was an innovative scientist who was one of the first nutritionists to use fat supplemented diets for performance horses. This now-commonplace practice has allowed improved gastrointestinal health for horses requiring high energy diets. Dr. Hintz was a pioneer in generating and publishing growth curves for horses and was one of the first nutritionists to recommend an even and moderate growth rate to reduce the risk of developmental orthopedic disease. Dr. Hintz received many awards for his research contributions. Perhaps most notably, he received the AFIA Award for Nutrition Research from the American Society of Animal Science in 1984 at a time when the award was given almost exclusively to either cattle or swine nutritionists. He was also invited to give the Frank Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and was elected to the Equine Research Hall of Fame. In addition to being a prolific writer of research articles, Dr. Hintz was a leader in bringing sound nutrition and management advice to the horse owner. He wrote the book, Horse Nutrition-A practical guide which was designed “for horse owners, veterinarians, teachers and students of horse feeding”. He also produced several hundred popular 5 press articles. He had a column in the Morgan Horse magazine called “Hintz on Horses” and a regular article in the veterinary magazine “Equine Practice”. He was also the lead author on the textbook “The Horse” and contributed more than 30 chapters to veterinary and animal science textbooks. Dr. Hintz contributed to enhancing the welfare of horses through his research and scientific publications, but his greatest impact may have been through his teaching. While at Cornell be taught thousands of undergraduates about nutrition and horse management. He also provided nutritional education to veterinary students, many of whom became leading equine practitioners. He should also be credited with developing outstanding graduate students who have gone on to become leaders in the equine feed industry such as Dr. Joe Pagan, founder and owner of Kentucky Equine Research Incorporated. During the latter part of his career at Cornell, Dr. Hintz served as the Chair of the Department of Animal Science but he continued to be active in teaching and advising. Even after retiring he assisted with a number of courses and remained active as a speaker and writer. Dr. Hintz’s educational activities were not limited to the Cornell Campus. He traveled across the US and to Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Australia to deliver sound nutritional advice to horse owners, producers and veterinarians. He was revered for his understandable presentations, always delivered with a little humor. There is no doubt that modern horses are better for all of Dr. Hintz’s activities; as are all of the students, horse owners and colleagues who had the chance to work with him




 Dr. Laurie Lawrence is internationally recognized for her scholarly work in equine science particularly as it relates to equine nutrition. Raised in NY, Laurie received her B.S. from Cornell University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Colorado State University. She started her career at the University of Illinois and, in 1992, accepted a position at the University of Kentucky where she is a Professor and Full Member of the Graduate Faculty. In this role, she teaches courses in Equine Science, Equine Nutrition, Equine Evaluation, and Special Projects. She also advises undergraduate and graduate students and has served as advisor for several clubs including a current role as Faculty Advisor for the UK Horse Racing Club. Early on, Laurie found an interest in equine nutrition and exercise physiology and her research focus on nutrition of the performance horse was ground breaking. It led to discoveries regarding nitrogen metabolism and the role of dietary protein. As a result, new paths were created for equine research. Laurie’s work has been recognized through a host of awards including AFIA/Equine Science Society; Fellow, American Society of Animal Science; Kentucky Forage and Grassland Public Service Award; Equine Science Award from ASAS and ESS; Alfalfa Public Service Award, Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council; Thomas Poe Cooper Award for Research, College of Agriculture; ASAS-AFIA Nonruminant Nutrition Award; Distinguished Service Award, Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society. These awards recognize her extensive contributions to the body of knowledge surrounding equine science as well as the impact of her work mentoring students and colleagues. The work that Laurie embraces has resulted in numerous publications including book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, research reports, conference proceedings, fact sheets, and popular/professional publications. A wide path of presentations covers over 20 US States and 7 international sites including Australia, Dubai, and Japan. Despite a challenging schedule of teaching and research, her service to the academic community and the industry it serves is exhaustive. Among the most notable of her achievement was her landmark service as the Chair of the National Research Council Subcommittee to revise the Nutrient Requirements of Horses. Laurie Lawrence is a master teacher who’s far reaching contributions are immeasurable. Her substantial impact on students and the academic community has been recognized through a host of prior awards and we recognize her once again with this award. This is a particularly special opportunity to recognize Laurie as she was instrumental in the early work to establish NAEAA and is closing out 10 years of service to the association. As a founding member of the Board of Directors, her support and guidance has been instrumental in moving the association from an idea to a reality. Dr. Laurie Lawrence is more than worthy to receive the Don Henneke Education Impact Award. She mirrors the intent of the award to ‘recognize an individual who has had a sustained impact on education or educational practices within the horse industry’. We thank her for her passionate service to education, research, and outreach.


2022 Don Henneke Educational Impact Award Betsy Greene, Ph.D., University of Arizona


Betsy Greene, a professor and extension horse specialist at the University of Arizona, has been involved in teaching in a variety of ways, and has reached a global audience with her work. A large body of innovative research predominantly in the area of equine extension has covered topics such as helmet use for safety in 4H equine programs, equine health care and biosecurity in multiple languages, and various methods of delivering information including use of webinars, infographics, and podcasts. She often collaborates with industry and tribal groups, as well as students at the university. Betsy was also one of the original innovators for eXtension Horses.

Junior Faculty
Faculty Educator
Teaching Award

(two-year portfolio, awarded in even years)

2022 Angelo Telatin, Ph.D., Delaware Valley University


Angelo Telatin has used innovative methods to support teaching and communication at Delaware Valley University. His work includes multiple examples of hands-on teaching of students in both riding and lecture-based courses, and his methods have been widely recognized. He has been an invited speaker at multiple universities as well as industry events such as Equine Affaire and the Horse World Expo. Angelo is a board member for the International Society of Equitation Science, where he was instrumental in coordinating a recent conference in Rome. He has received international recognition for his work in equitation science.

Research Award

(two-year portfolio, awarded in even years)

2022 Shea Porr, Ph.D., Murray State University


Shea Porr has guided 20 undergraduate and 13 graduate students through research projects in the last 10 years at Murray State University. In the last three years, work with her students has resulted in over 20 peer-reviewed publications and/or presentations. Much of her work has been collaborative and interdisciplinary, working with both other departments at Murray State as well as other universities. Work focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning has included evaluating challenges face by equine faculty, and using LinkedIn as a teaching tool in equine science classes. Shea served as a member and/or chair of the Student Competition Committee for several years for the Equine Science Society. She currently serves on the NAEAA board and is the chair for the Awards Committee and a co-chair of the Research Committee.

Service Award

(two-year portfolio, awarded in even years)

2022 Sara L. Mastellar, Ph.D., Ohio State ATI


Sara Mastellar, from the Ohio State ATI, has made significant accomplishments in the area of service. She has collaborated on publications and workshops covering topics such as “Knowing What is Normal for Your Horse”, and has been involved with eXtension Horses. She currently serves on the NAEAA board and is a co-chair for the Communications Committee. She started a book club that held weekly discussions, which was very well received. During the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, Sara coordinated collection of online teaching resources aimed at helping equine educators. She has been responsible for transitioning to the current NAEAA website and she administers NAEAA’s social media presence. Sara is the chair of the ESS Teaching and Extension Committee.

Support Staff Award

(two-year portfolio, awarded in even years)

2022 Jenna Reigle, Delaware Valley University


Jenna Reigle has coordinated the breeding program at Delaware Valley University for many years. She handles care, feeding, breeding, registration, and sales prep for Standardbreds, Thoroughbreds, and sport horses. Between 2019 and 2021, she increased the herd from 12 to 23 mares, and increased the income from yearling sold. She coordinates animals and facility use for teaching, serves as an advisor for Sigma Alpha, and helped design an internship program for Equine Science and Management students. From a service prospective, Jenna is involved with InspireU – a program designed to engage K-12 youth, and she meets with prospective and incoming students.

Support staff
Support staff
Student presentation
Student Presentation Award

(annual award)

2022 Makenna Osborne, Utah State University

Makenna Osborne grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and completed her undergraduate degree in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences with an emphasis in Equine Science and Management and a minor in Equine-Human Science at Utah State University. In November of 2022, she will be defending her thesis on horseback riding instructor certifications and industry expectations for the Agricultural Extension and Education M.S. at Utah State University. As an undergraduate, Makenna participated in several equine-related research projects, ranging from slow-release oxytocin as estrus prevention in mares to measuring resiliency in military veterans who completed a 2-hour horseback trail ride. Along with her thesis research, Makenna has continued to work in researching trauma-informed adaptive riding and wellness activities for military veterans and active-duty service members using equines. She hopes to one day work in academia and continue with her passion for educating others and pursuing research interests in equine-human science and equine welfare.

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