Two Extension specialists honored for teamwork in eXtension

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals recognized Christine Skelly, associate professor of animal science and Michigan State University Extension specialist, and Karen Waite, MSU Extension specialist, with its Excellence in Teamwork award for their contributions as members of the eXtension HorseQuest Community of Practice (CoP). The annual award encourages and recognizes successful Extension team programs or projects that demonstrate effective performance and significant result impacts at community, area, state or multi-state levels.

The two were co-founders of My Horse University, a national online horse management program for horse enthusiasts based at MSU and created through a partnership between MSU Extension, the MSU Department of Animal Science and MSU Global. My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest partner in the shared goal of bringing easily accessible science-based information to equine aficionados.

 Other members of the team and recipients of the award are Betsy Greene, University of Vermont; Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska; Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota; and Elaine Bailey, University of Maryland.

 Collaborating with national experts, the HorseQuest team has developed and maintained www.extension.org/horses, which provides information about horse health, care, management and training through interactive learning lessons, webinars, basic information and “Ask an Expert.”

 Congratulations to Christine, Karen and the other members of the HorseQuest team. This is a great example of collaborating between partners in education as well as the use of innovative technology to reach the goal of educating the public. Thank you for your leadership.

 Read more about the award and eXtension HorseQuest here.

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