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Robert and Janette Oglesby: equine veterinarian, breeder, trainer:
Robert Oglesby is an equine veterinarian in the Piedmont area of North Carolina who owns and operates Stokesdale Veterinary Hospital. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he has practiced there since 1984. With the help of his wife, Janette, they stand a Paso Fino stallion, Sancho de Vez who is a National High Point champion in both Western Pleasure and Trail classes. His wife Janette is a professional breeder of working German Shepherd Dogs. You can learn more about their horses and dogs at Coldwater Farm of NC website. Together they enjoy trail riding in the mountains of NC and VA.

Dr. Oglesby had a strong background in scientific investigation before becoming a veterinarian and once in practice started questioning many commonly held beliefs of the equine veterinary community. This led him to writing and publishing the results of his research, experiences, and opinions. Using these previously published articles on horse health Dr. Oglesby started this online information service, Horseadvice.com, for equestrians and veterinarians in 1994.

The articles are constantly updated with the latest information and new articles are added frequently. The site has combined with two other sites on farriery and hoofcare and as a result there are tens of thouseands of documents available to the equestrian community on all aspects of horses and horsemanship. Horseadvice.com has grown to one of the most popular and largest equine sites on the internet.

Scott Simpson farrier:
Scott Simpson has been a farrier since 1953. He has been teaching horseshoeing courses continuously since 1970. One of America's most dedicated farrier instructors, he teaches the tear long professional farrier course at Walla Walla College in Washington State. He is a prominent member of the American Farrier's Association and is Co-Chairman of the Registry of Professional Farrier Instructors.

Julie I. Fershtman attorney:
Julie I. Fershtman is an attorney with a law practice devoted to horse-related legal issues as well as business and insurance litigation, employment law, and other legal matters. Her biography is listed in Who's Who in American Law, and she currently Chairs the largest section of the State Bar of Michigan. The American Bar Association Barrister magazine recently named her one of "21 Young Lawyers Leading Us into the 21st Century." She has spoken at national conventions such as the American Horse Council and the National Conference on Equine Law.

William B. Ley, DVM, MS:
Dr. Ley is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and Associate Professor of Equine Production Management Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He is a graduate of Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, where he received a B.S. in Veterinary Science and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He completed an Internship in Equine Ambulatory Medicine and Reproduction at the University of California at Davis, CA and a Residency in Theriogenology at Texas A & M University, College Station, TX. During his residency, he also fulfilled the requirements for a Master of Science degree with thesis on equine endometrial cytology. Following this training, Dr. Ley spent two years in private equine practice in Iowa, and two breeding seasons as Resident Veterinarian at a stallion station in West Texas. He joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1984, where he is currently employed as a Professor of Equine Field Services, with specialization in Equine Reproduction.

Anna Jane White-Mullin hunt seat judge and trainer:
Anna Jane White-Mullin started riding in Atlanta, Georgia, when she was five years old. At age thirteen, she began competing in large horse shows on the East Coast, winning the junior hunter and equitation championships at many noteworthy shows. In 1971, she won the Alfred B. Maclay Finals on her horse, Rivet, and was awarded a gold medal for winning twenty USET classes. Her instructors include the equestrian luminaries Gordon Wright, George Morris, Ronnie Mutch, and Bertalan de Nemethy. Ms. White-Mullin has served as a panelist for the AHSA Judges' Clinic program, and her slide presentation is part of the permanent instructional files for the AHSA. Currently, Ms. White-Mullin gives riding clinics, judges horse shows, and lectures at equestrian educational institutions throughout the United States.

Barbara Eustis-Cross:
Barbara Eustis-Cross is a well-known lecturer and has written extensively about wild horses and burros for the last 17 years. She was given her first wild horse, an albino mare out of Montana in 1960. On her ranch in the South Sierra Mountain Range of California she handled as many as 250 wild horses a year. She is Executive Director of the LIFE Foundation, an environmental organization which has an extensive equine welfare program. Ms. Eustis-Cross is recognized by the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Commission for the Preservation of Wild Horses as an authority on the wild horse.
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