Lauren Brizgys is completing her Master's degree in Youth Development and Agricultural Education at Purdue University. She will begin her PhD at University of California Davis in the fall of 2018. Lauren's thesis focuses on the relationship between working equid welfare, in developing regions of the world, and human socio-psychological characteristics. Her goal is to continue to work on bridging the gap seen in equid communities educational practices and implementation strategies with the goal to identify new variables that contribute to welfare on a global scale. Lauren has been involved with horses for the past fifteen years working as a riding instructor, groom, educator, and Saddleseat competitor with her American Saddlebred show horses.