Katrina Merkies holds an honours BSc (Agr.) in Animal Science and a PhD in Reproductive Physiology, both from the University of Guelph. She was a faculty member at Lake Erie College in Ohio for four years, but returned to Canada in 2006 to develop and implement the first equine Bachelor's degree in Canada (BBRM Equine Management) at the University of Guelph. She maintains oversight of the programme and teaches a variety of courses including equine Event Management, Equine Trends and Issues and Equine Reproduction. Her modest research programme focuses on the horse–human interaction, but she enjoys involving all of her students (graduate and undergraduate) in all aspects of equine research. Katrina has trained and competed up to FEI levels in dressage, earning the title of Canadian Champion in 1999. She is a Level II dressage coach in Canada and her students have been successful at all levels. She most enjoys providing young horses with foundation training, and has more recently turned her efforts to mounted archery. She also avidly applies learning theory principles in the training of her young Australian Shepherd, Kurt, who will hopefully promote LT through his career in Treibball, agility and Rally-O.