Dr. Robert Mowry Jr. Presented With 2000 Van Ness Award

The American Horse Council presented Dr. Robert Mowrey with the 2000 Van Ness Award on Sept. 23 at an Awards luncheon in conjunction with its annual meeting in Arlington, VA.

A Professor at North Carolina State, Dr. Mowrey has been integral in the success of equine educational programs for both youths and adults in his home state for over 18 years.

During his time in North Carolina, Dr. Mowrey created a program called REINS (Regional Equine Information Network System) to educate adults on livestock assistance, obtained over $1.1 million dollars in funds for horse husbandry programs, conducted livestock agent training, presented over 700 lectures and published over 1500 articles in addition to his scholarly work.

With all this however, it is the 4-H Horse programs he is the most proud of.

"Without a doubt my involvement with 4-H youth has been the most special to me," Dr. Mowrey said. "It's probably the least recognizable program from the University standpoint, but long-range to the industry, that's our insurance policy."

With Dr. Mowrey's involvement, the 4-H Horse program in North Carolina has risen to new heights, now the second largest of its kind in the United States.

"Dr. Mowrey certainly personifies what Marge Van Ness stood for," said Jay Hickey, President of the AHC on presenting the Award. "He has had a dramatic and positive effect on the North Carolina horse industry for many years."

The New Brunswick Horse Show Association, the New Jersey Horse Council, and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey have sponsored the award since its inception in 1990. It is given annually to the person who exemplifies the late Marge Van Ness' dedication to the improvement of the equine industry at the state level.

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