Australian equestrian to speak about sustainable horse-keeping practices

Jane Myers, recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship
from Australia, will be in Fulton April
16 to visit with equestrian students and tour the equestrian facilities at
William Woods University.

She is an internationally recognized expert on
environmentally sustainable practices in horse farms.

Her main interests are balanced riding, horse care and
welfare and horse property management that encompasses
good
environmental practices as well as taking horse behavior into account.
 
With her grant, Myers
is traveling in the United States to
learn about best practices and to share her knowledge
and experience. She will present a
program at 7 p.m. in WWU’s Library
Auditorium that will be free and
open to the public.
 
While in Fulton, she will also visit
the National
Churchill Museum. Dr. Rob Havers, the
museum’s executive director,
will give Myers
a behind-the-scenes tour of the Churchill’s Legacy of Leadership exhibit,
Watercolor Missouri National exhibit,
and the Church of St.
Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, the oldest church found in North America.
 
Myers’ program about
sustainable horse-keeping practices is a clear connection to Winston
Churchill’s enthusiasm for animals.
 
A principal with
Equiculture, a business that aims to
develop responsible horse ownership, Myers has been in the horse
industry in Australia and
the United Kingdom
for more than 35
years.
 
She is the author of
“Managing Horses on Small Properties” and “Horse Safe: A Complete Guide to
Equine Safety” and co-author of
“Horse Sense ““ The Guide to Horse Care in Australia and
New Zealand” (second edition) and “Sustainable Horsekeeping.”
                                                          
Myers is one of 107 Australians who were awarded
2011 Churchill Fellowships through the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
 
The
aim of the trust is to provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas
to conduct research in their chosen
field that is not
readily available in Australia. It
also aims to reward proven
achievement of talented and deserving Australians with further
opportunity in their pursuit of
excellence for the enrichment of Australian society.
 
The trust,
which was
established after the death of Sir Winston Churchill in accordance
with his final wishes, has now funded more than 3,500
Fellowships for Australians. With an average value of
more than
$20,000 per Fellowship, recipients have the opportunity to travel overseas
to further their passion
and return to Australia to implement their findings
and share them with others.
 
“This
year’s Churchill Fellows, like their
predecessors are dedicated, inspiring Australians who will make a
difference to our country over the coming decades. I congratulate
them and look forward to
supporting them on their immediate
journey and future endeavours,” said Paul Tys, chief executive officer
of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Myers has a master’s degree in equine
studies from the University of Wales. She has
conducted research at the world-famous Edinburgh University School of
Veterinary Science and worked as a lecturer in equine
studies at the University of Melbourne, Glenormiston College.

An executive board member of
Horse Safety Australia, she has studied horse behavior intensively and has a
deep commitment to
horse welfare and training methods that foster a
more responsible relationship between the
rider, the horse and its environment.

She has written numerous
articles on horse keeping for magazines and newspapers on various subjects such
as horse property management, horse behavior, horse riding and safety.  
 
For more
information on Myers’ visit, contact Claudia Starr, chair of the William Woods
University equestrian studies division, at Claudia.starr@williamwoods.edu
or (573) 592-4280.