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Dressage Today Podcast: Interview with Dr. Debra Powell

Learn about alternative therapies and what could work for your horse.

Welcome to the Dressage Today Podcast sponsored by Spalding Labs. Stephanie and Aviva start with talking about Stephanie’s recent trip to film the Adequan®/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference that was held just outside of Wellington. Then Aviva answers the question of: In first level can you switch between sitting trot and posting trot? 

Then together they talk to equine nutritionist and physiologist Dr. Debra Powell. 

Dr. Powell is a native of Charleston, SC. In 1984, she obtained a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, 1992, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and 1999 her PhD from the University of Kentucky, with an emphasis in Equine Exercise Physiology and Nutrition.  She has been active in the equine industry and academia for over 20 years. Dr. Powell was an equine researcher and farm manager at the University of Kentucky. She was an associate professor at Ohio State University-Agricultural Technical Institute, being the first African American faculty member within this institution. She also taught at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Hocking College. Throughout her career, Dr. Powell has been an advocate for the promotion and increased diversity inclusion of minorities within the equine industry.

Because of her passion for animal welfare that goes beyond just traditional medicine, since 1999, Dr. Powell has owned and operated Powell Equine Canine Therapy Services, LLC (PECTS), a business that specializes in non-invasive therapies and nutritional consulting for equine and canine family members. This business allows her to work with local, national, and international clients. She has had two opportunities to work on horses at the Summer Olympic Games, once in Atlanta and the other in London. She hopes to return as one of the equine physiotherapists for the Olympic games in Paris. Dr. Powell believes in providing scientifically proven methods of alternative therapies for the benefit of the equine and canine family members.

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