Equine Program Students Nationally Recognized for Research

October 6, 2017

Research Highlighted on How Water Bucket Color and Placement Affect Horse’s Water Intake 

Two Wilmington College equine business management majors had their research accepted for presentation at a national symposium, included in a professional journal and featured in a major industry magazine.

PICTURED: Brianna Akam is featured with her research poster at the Equine Science Symposium in Minneapolis.

Junior Alison Davis and senior Brianna Akam conducted research last fall on the effect of water bucket color and placement, respectively, on water intake by horses in WC’s Equine Center. Their research was under the direction of Bethany Siehr, assistant professor of equine business management, and Dr. Jim FitzSimmons, professor of mathematics.

They first presented their research posters at the College’s Student-Faculty Research Forum last spring, at which Davis won the Best in Class Award for Agriculture for her poster titled “”Effect of Bucket Color on Water Intake in Horses.”

Both students’ posters were accepted to the Equine Science Symposium in Minneapolis and their research abstracts published in The Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.

“This is a competitive journal and quite an honor for Alison and Brianna,” Siehr said.

On top of all that, following the symposium, a reporter from the online publication, thehorse.com, conducted an interview highlighting Akam’s research on “Effect of Bucket Placement on Water Intake in Horses.” The article can be found here.