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KER Nutritionist Set to Present Historical Feeding InformationBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · December 28, 2015

Longtime Kentucky Equine Research (KER) nutritionist Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., is slated to present historical research she completed at the National Sporting Library and Museum as part of a John H. Daniels Fellowship. Her talk, which is scheduled for January 16 at the library in Middleburg, Va., is titled "A Historical Perspective on Equine Feeding."

“The National Sporting Library and Museum is an amazing place. The library holds books written as long ago as the 1500s, and translations of old Greek philosophers like Xenophone and other treats are available for review,” Crandell explained. “After countless hours of digging through volumes in the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Books Room of the library, I have developed a much better understanding of how horses were treated and cared for, as well as how they were fed, when horses were vital to the transportation of humans and goods.”

The library houses more than 20,000 books and periodicals. “Although it would be impossible for me to present all of the information I uncovered, there are jewels of advice that I found buried in the old volumes that I will share in January,” she continued.

Admission to the event is free.

Crandell received a master's degree in equine nutrition and exercise physiology from Virginia Tech under the direction of Tom Meacham, Ph.D., and a doctorate in equine nutrition and reproduction under the guidance of David Kronfeld, Ph.D. Her master's research focused on the effects of added dietary fat in exercising growing horses, and her doctorate work dealt with vitamin A depletion and supplementation in broodmares and growing horses.

Crandell applies her knowledge in equine nutrition in her consultation work with KER, which often takes her to foreign lands, where her proficiency in multiple languages benefits her. Crandell’s interest in the evolution of nutritional management through the ages led her to the topic of her fellowship research. 

According to the National Sporting Library and Museum website, the fellowship program began in 2007 to honor the legacy of sportsman and book collector John H. Daniels (1921-2006). Past fellowship recipients include post-graduate students, authors, curators, professors, and scholars researching a variety of subjects related to field sports. The diversity of fellows’ projects reflects the wide variety of material within the library's collections. Topics include history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, and equestrian fashion, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation, and fly fishing.

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