|Each month, NAES chooses one
significant individual who has made a positive difference in
the horse industry.
NAES' Spotlight is also featured in the NAES Newsletter.
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The current NAES Spotlight is on J Brent Rollins, DVM
(Photo Courtesy Rollins Family)
|Dr Rollins grew up in Phoenix, attending Osborne grade school, Washington High School and Arizona State University.
He first became interested in veterinary medicine growing up with his father Lyman who was a thoroughbred horse trainer and his brother Bradley who was a professional jockey. He started on the end of a pitchfork and ended up with a trainer's license before Vet School. He, many times, was called upon to help the veterinarians who worked on Lyman's horses.
His pre-veterinary training was at Arizona State University followed by four years at the veterinary school at Colorado State University. Dr. Rollins graduated with high distinction and a ranking of second in his veterinary class. He was a member of phi zeta and Phi Kappa phi.
After receiving his DVM, he served for three years as a captain in the US Army at Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD doing research on infectious diseases.
After the service in 1970, Dr. Rollins completed an Equine Internship at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
In 1971, in Phoenix, Dr. Rollins acquired Paradise Valley animal hospital and Cactus Animal Hospital. Sequentially he established, with his partners, Chaparral Animal Hospital, then Chaparral equine hospital and finally in 2008, the state of the art, Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center.
He retired at the end of 2012 after 45 years as an active practicing veterinarian. During his professional life as a veterinarian, he served in the Arizona Academy of Veterinary Practice, eventually becoming its president. Dr. Rollins served, variously, as chairman of the equine committee, on the membership committee and as a director in the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. Other than that, Most of his free time was spent as a lay minister and Boy Scout leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He has published more than 10 scientific articles in national publications and has spoken twice in national veterinary meetings.
Besides Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Rollins feels his greatest accomplishment is his family. Brent and Francie have been married since June 1st, 1963. They have five children and 25 grandchildren (at last count) and these days of retirement are spent keeping up with all their activities, all the while missing his past clients and patients.
Previous NAES Spotlight Individuals:
(Photo Courtesy of Brian Sosby, USEF, Lexington, KY)
|Born and raised in Paris, KY, Brian was surrounded by the horse world from birth. From Thoroughbred racing to equestrian sport, he made good use of his surroundings and soaked in all he could learn. Combining his love of horses and his educational goals, he became editor of equestrian magazine for the United States Equestrian Federation some seven-plus years ago, after serving as a supporting editor for two years.
Brian attended the University of Kentucky where he studied journalism and advertising, along with minor studies in fine art and marketing. He returned to college three years after receiving his Bachelors degrees and earned a Masters degree in fine art history and theory.
An award-winning writer based in Lexington, Kentucky, Brian has covered both U.S. and international events, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games, the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games from Aachen, Germany, the 2007 Rolex FEI World Cups for Dressage and Jumping from Las Vegas and the 2007 Pan American Games from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
His coverage of equestrian events and feature articles have been widely read by magazine and internet readers around the world. When not writing, editing or producing the Federation’s magazine, Brian finds lots of things to keep him busy. Music and art have been longtime passions of his and he holds a master’s degree in fine art. His other love is visiting his family and new “siblings” — Kodi (a one-year-old 90-pound Boxer/Beagle) and Bella (an eight-month-old 45-pound blonde Labrador).
(Editor’s note: Brian is much to modest but as editor of “Equestrian,” the official publication of the United States Equestrian Federation)
The Bloodhorse Magazine)
One of the most ethical horseman I know is the former Editor-in-Chief,
(for 15 years), of the well known magazine, "The Bloodhorse."
Ray now has his own website and I would encourage you to sign
up for his frequent thoughts on the Thoroughbred racing industry;
Ray always "tells it like it is."
Please register to receive his and other prominent horsemen and women's
comments at http://www.paulickreport.com/
(Photo Courtesy Penny Carpenter)
NAES' Spotlight focuses on Mrs. Penny Carpenter of the Palm Springs,
Mrs. Carpenter now lives in Palm Desert, CA and has judged hunters,
jumpers, hunter seat equitation and hunter breeding classes
for over 35 years.
In addition, she holds a Combined Category Steward's card and an
international FEI Chief Jumping Steward's license. As a horse
show exhibitor she successfully competed in the disciplines
she now judges having been trained by such notables as George
Morris, Ralph Petersen, Ronnie Mutch and Victor-Hugo-Vidal.
She has also served as a Specialty Show Judge for the Arabian
Youth Nationals, the Arabian Nationals, the Arabian Canadian
Nationals and the Morgan Grand National horse shows.
Growing up in Long Island, New York Mrs. Carpenter was always
a "horse-crazy" youngster but couldn't own
her own horse until she was 16. Her option was to work at
a nearby stable, cleaning tack, grooming, watering and feeding
horses. The stable owner wouldn't allow the girls to clean
stalls so she took riding lessons, rode in the horse van to
fox hunts, helped friends at horse shows and spent as much
time with the horses as possible.
Through the years, Mrs. Carpenter has volunteered her time
to the many horse shows, the United States Equestrian Federation
and subsidiaries while serving on several committees. Her
volunteer work involves the Pegasus Riding for the Handicapped
Program in the Palm Springs, CA. She is an avid golfer.
(Tim McQuay on "Mister Montana Nick,"
Photo Courtesy of McQuay Stables)
Tim McQuay the leading All Time money earner in the National Reining
Horse Association, with over $2 million dollars in winnings
to his credit.
Tim has won every major National Reining Horse Association
sanctioned event at least once, including the NRHA Futurity,
the National Reining Breeders Classic, the NRHA Derby, and
the NRHA Superstakes.
Tim qualified at least two horses for the NRHA Futurity finals
each year from 1987 to 2000, and in '94, '95,
and '96 he brought back all three. In 2000, he was inducted
into the National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame.
In 2001, even after being sidelined mid-year with a life-threatening
illness, he was still an NRHA Futurity Finalist.
With a worldwide clientele, Tim frequently travels abroad
where he presents reining clinics and consults with horse
owners and professionals. He has won the Italian Open Derby
and along with his daughter, Mandy, he won the ’93 World
Cup, representing the United States. He has qualified multiple
horses for the US Equestrian Team Reining Championship Finals.
Originally from Minnesota, Tim McQuay, his wife, Colleen and
daughter Mandy moved to Tioga, Texas in 1989. Since then,
McQuay Stables has made the north Texas town a focal point
for the equine world.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Page)
| Mr. Page is pictured here showing "Landsohn" in the
New York HITS I May, 2005 Level 6 jumping class.
With an extensive riding career which shows no signs of letting
up Michael continues to be one of the busiest and most successful
riding clinicians in the show horse world; he regularly gives
10 to 12 clinics still judges 4 to 5 major horse shows annually.
He won the prestigious AHSA Medal finals in 1956 and represented
the United States riding on the US team in 1959, 1960, 1963,
1964, 1967, and 1968.
(Photo and text courtesy
Rollins Racing Stable
and Ms. Nancy Rollins)
Lyman Rollins, 85, has been training thoroughbred race horses continuously since
the early 1940s, with just a brief break for a tour of duty
in the Navy during World War II. He was leading trainer at
Centennial Race Track in Littleton, Colorado a total of thirteen
Lyman was inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame for
his success at Ak-Sar-Ben Race Track in Omaha, Nebraska. He
has trained world record holding thoroughbreds. He still gets
up each morning at 4:00 am to train horses at Turf Paradise
in Phoenix, Arizona.
Lyman and his wife, Lois, recently celebrated
their 60th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of six
children, 26 grandchildren, and fifty-five great-grandchildren.
Todd Minikus receiving the 2001
Trophy from Olympian,
(Courtesy USEF Photo Archives).
The 2001 winner of the USEF Horseman of the Year, Todd has won
more than 75 Grand Prix and has ridden at the upper levels
of the show jumping since he was in his 20's.
Personally, I met Todd in Goodyear, Arizona many years ago
and have since been very impressed with his great attitude
towards horses and the sport.
The equestrian sport is in safe hands with professionals such
| (Picture Supplied by
Ms.Maggie Moss, Esq.)
|Pictured riding "Apak,"
(The first race horse she ever owned), is Ms. Maggie Moss,
Esq., our "Spotlight" recipient for the Second
Quarter 2005 newsletter.
A race horse owner, horse show exhibitor and former horse
show judge, Ms. Moss wanted to make sure that her retired
racing horses were sold to proper retirement farms, as was
the case of U. S. Gold, a horse she owned.
Finding out the old horse had been auctioned and sold for
slaughter was a wakeup call for her. Subsequently, Ms. Moss, a very successful attorney in Des
Moines, Iowa, started the Midwest Retirement Foundation for
retired racehorses. Her activities have saved many retired
horses from being killed for food.
(Photo Courtesy Don Burt)
Don Burt has been an exhibitor, trainer, judge and all-around horseman for over
45 years. Mr. Burt, currently resides in California and is
President of Equestrian Consultants Inc., which specializes
in the development of horse facilities throughout the United
In addition, Don has authored many books and articles pertaining
to sport horses, two of which were "Winning with Arabian
Horses" and "Winning with the American Quarter Horse."
The American Quarter Horse Association voted Don in as its President
in 1996; he's also served in official capacities in the Arabian
Horse Association and the United States Equestrian Federation.
He was the main inspiration behind the inclusion of Reining
as an Olympic sport under the auspices of the United States
John R. Long
| (Photo Courtesy: USEF)
Since 1988, John Long has been directly involved in the equine industry.
For five years, Mr. Long served as Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer of Churchill Downs, Inc., and
as a member of its Executive Committee.
He oversaw the management, operations, and planning for all of
the company's racetracks and simulcast facilities.
Prior to his tenure at Churchill Downs, Inc., he spent ten years
as President and Chief Operating Officer of Ladbroke/USA,
one of the largest pari-mutuel operators in the country. From
settling union disputes to equine medication policies to legislative
affairs, Mr. Long has served on the front line, dealing directly
with many constituencies in the equine industry.
In December of 2003, Mr. Long became the first Chief Executive
Officer of the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.,
which is the national governing body for equestrian sport
in the U.S. The USEF was officially formed that same month
when the former United States Equestrian Team and USA Equestrian
joined together with the purpose of becoming one strong national
voice for equestrian sport.
The USEF supports a membership of over 80,000, ranging from
children with their first pony in their own backyard to the
training and selection of our Olympic equestrian teams. Twenty-six
breeds and disciplines are represented in the Federation and
annually participate in more than 2600 USEF-recognized horse
shows in the United States and in high performance international
competitions, including the Olympic Games, the Pan American
Games, and World Cup competitions.
Mr. Long and his wife, Annie, breed Friesian horses at their
farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. (Please note that his Friesian
horses were showcased on our NAES website for August, 2004).
The above biography of John Long was provided by the USEF,
Lexington, KY, and has been reprinted here with their permission.
Glazer's Horse of the Year for 2003, "No Pan Intended," (pictured
below), is currently standing at stud in Canada after his 2003
Triple Crown victories; The Cane Pace Finals, the Little Brown
Jug and the Messenger.
Mr. Glazer is a successful owner/breeder in the highly competitive
harness racing world and in addition, is respected as a most
ethical and hard working competitor.
Knowing him as I do, his attention to detail is phenomenal.
Keeping track of as many as 100 racing horses is no easy task
and involves daily interactions with his trainers and drivers.
| (Photo courtesy of
Peter Pan Stables)
|Bob's interest in harness racing, which started around 1990, has endured
numerous bumps in the road, which Bob took in stride.
patience in selecting yearlings and acquiring mature pacers
to fill out his stable.
Even before Bob's "No Pan Intended" won the Triple Crown
of Harness racing, he'd been recognized as "The 1997 Owner
of the Year" by "The Times: in harness."
(Photo Courtesy of Ms. Fershtman)
Ms. Julie Fershtman, Esq. is in our Spotlight this month owing to
her terrific background in equine law. I've been privileged
to work professionally with Ms. Fershtman and there's no finer
Ms. Fershtman has published two books for horsemen and is working
on a third. Her books instruct horse owners in the intricacies
of the law but in layman's language. I've read both her books
and they're very instructive and easy to understand.
Practicing law from her base in Michigan since 1986, Ms. Fershtman
works nationally with insurance companies and individuals interested
in getting the best in equine advice. In addition, she's been
asked to speak at horse-related forums & seminars in over
22 states and has been honored with numerous service awards.
Ms. Fershtman has developed her niche interest in equine law
into a very successful practice helping both horsemen and insurance
(Ms. Fershtman's web site is www.lawsite.com & e-mail to
her may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her phone number is 248-851-4111)
Midge Leitch, M.D.
Dr. Midge Leitch, VMD
| NAES recognizes horsewoman Dr. Midge Leitch, VMD, owner of the Londonderry
Equine Clinic, Cochranville, PA. as a unique professional in
the equine industry.
While trained as a surgeon her large animal equine practice now focuses
on evaluating all types of Sport horses used in dressage,
show jumping, driving and eventing. NAES recently spoke with Dr. Leitch at the AAEP Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
A former faculty member at the famed New Bolton Center, Dr.
Leitch still keeps close tabs on the exquisite equine medicine
practiced there; her clinic is within shouting distance! "If
I've got a big problem with a patient, my clinic is right next
to the Center"; she stated.
In speaking with Dr. Leitch it was apparent that she is a knowledgeable
horseman and a superior vet. Her responsibilities have taken
her throughout the world while traveling with the U. S. Equestrian
Team to Seoul, Atlanta and Sydney. She currently serves as
a member of the US Equestrian Federation's Veterinary Committee.
The very practical and professional experience that Dr. Leitch
possesses is a boon to the horse world. She truly understands
the full-time requirements necessary to being a great vet,
i.e., there are no regular hours!
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