Our Educators

  Dr. Amy Burk 

  Professor and Extension Horse Specliast 
  University of Maryland, College Park

  Phone: 301-405-8337


Amy serves as the coordinator for the undergradute Equine Studies option within the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland. She completed her graduate work in Animal and Poultry Sciences as a Pratt Fellow in Animal Nutrition at Virginia Tech, earning an MS in 1998 and a PhD in 2001. At UMD, she teaches Horse Management and Equine Science along with presenting many other horse-related lectures and labs within the department's four-year curriculum.

As an Extension Horse Specialist, Amy provides statewide educational leadership and training in the areas of equine nutrition and pasture management. She is the project coordinator for the Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration Site in Ellicott City where she hosts many pasture-related educational events.

She has received several awards including the Outstanding Educator Award from the Equine Science Society and the Poffenberger Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland. She grew up riding in the Linthicum 4-H Hi-Riders and St. Margaret's Pony Club, both based in Anne Arundel County.


  Jennifer Reynolds 

  Coordinator for Equine and Poultry Extension Programs 
  University of Maryland, College Park

  Phone: 301-405-1547


Jennifer is the Equine-Poultry Extension Coordinator for the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences. In that role, she assists equine faculty with the planning and execution of equine educationa programs including the University Seminar Series at the Horse World Expo, Equine Sessions at the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, and the pasture events held at the Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration Site.

Jennifer was born and raised in southern New Jersey; after graduating from Delaware Valley College, majoring in Large Animal Scienec, she worked as a broodmare manager and boarding barn manager and volunteered with therapeutic riding programs. In 1998, she moved to Carroll County where she spent 10 years with UMD Extension working as an educator with the 4-H program and then for a brief period with the Nutrient Management Program. She now is happy to have her own horses to enjoy and compete in local hunter circuits.


  Sara Meagher BhaduriHauck 

  Faculty Extension Assistant, Agriculture 
  Harford County Extension Office

  Phone: 410-638-3255


Sara is a Faculty Extension Assistant for University of Maryland Extension in the Harford County office. Sara coordinates and teaches educational programs on a variety of agriculture-related topics, including horse management and care. She provides leadership for Extension's statewide horse programs as well as for AGsploration, a program focusing on youth agriculture literacy.

Sara attended University of Maryland where she earned a BS degree in Animal Science and Agriculture Science and Technology and an MEd in Science Education. Before assuming her current role in Harford County, she worked as an Extension Assistant to the Equine Studies and Nutrient Management Programs at UMD. Although still active with University programs, Sara enjoys living, working, and caring for her own horses in the community where she grew up.


  Jessica Flores

  Faculty Extension Assistant, Agriculture 
  Worcester County Extension Office

  Phone: 410-632-1972 Ext(206)


Jessica is a Faculty Extension Assistant for the Lower Eastern Shore counties: Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester. While growing up on Maryland's Eastern Shore, agriculture was always an intimate part of Jessica's life. She received her BS in Agriculture and Animal Science from University of Maryland Easter Shore in 2008. Her responsibilities with Extension include developing and coordinating educational programs and events to meet the needs of the local agricultural community, which encompasses topics like equine health and pasture management. 

As a well-rounded equestrian, Jessica has competing in show jumping, equitation, and western pleasure and is also a successful barrel racer. She is an avid trail rider and competes in trail challenges with her Paint and Quarter Horses.


  Karol Dyson

  4-H Educator
  Prince George's Coutny Extension Office

  Phone: 301-868-9366


Karol Dyson is a 4-H Youth Development Educator and County Extension Director for University of Maryland Extension. She has worked with Extension in both Connecticut and Maryland in both urban and rural areas. A major part of her youth development work has been in the area of developing youth through Animal Science. Her other areas of expertise are in the fields of Volunteer Development and Nutrition and Fitness. She has an M.Ed. with a focus on multicultural education from the University of Hartford.  Dyson lives with her riding family and 8 horses in rural Southern Maryland.


  Shannon Dill

  Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
  Talbot County Extension Office



Shannon Dill is currently the Agriculture Educator and County Extension Director for the University of Maryland Extension in Talbot County.  She has been a faculty member of the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources since 2001. She graduated from the University of Wyoming receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business and a Master of Science in Agriculture Economics.  Shannon provides outreach and education to agriculture producers of Talbot and neighboring counties in farm business planning, sustainable small farm enterprises, marketing, and livestock management.  


  Elaine Bailey

  4-H Educator
  Calvert County Extension Office



Elaine Bailey is currently the 4-H Youth Development Educator for University of Maryland Extension in Calvert County.  In that capacity, she plans, directs, and evaluates a variety of youth development projects, ranging from horses to insects, and computers to GPS.  An Animal Scientist by training, she has taught numerous classes at the University of Maryland at College Park.  Among classes she has taught are ANSC 101 Principles of Animal Science, INAG 232 Equine Business Management, INAG 201 Personnel Management, ANSC 220 Livestock Management, INAG 110 Oral Communications, and many others. 

Elaine is a member of eXtension's HorseQuest Community of Practice where she assists with answering questions about horses and developing and reviewing informational documents for inclusion on the web site.  She earned a B.S. Degree in Animal Science, with a minor in Pure Science, from Clemson University, and an M.S. Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from Iowa State University.  She is currently humbly learning all about the beauty and nuances of dressage in her horse pursuits, after being a Western Pleasure rider much of her life.  


  David Gordon

  Montgomery County Extension Office

  Faculty Extension Assistant, 4-H and Agriculture
  Montgomery County Extension Office




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