Uta is Professor of Animal Husbandry and Biology at the University of Giessen, Germany. Before moving to her present position she worked as Assistant Professor in Equine Science at the University of Guelph, Canada, as Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics at the University of Kassel, Germany, and for almost 10 years as the coordinator of the equine science program at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Based on her degrees in statistical genetics as well as animal behaviour and welfare, her work focuses on developing solutions for statistical problems such as the treatment of outliers in data, assessment and genetics of animal health and behaviour as well as on animal welfare, in particular with regard to fear responses, stress physiology, cognition, equitation and horse-human interactions. She also serves on a number of welfare and ethic committees, e.g., of the German leisure riders’ association, the National Equestrian Federation, a board for certification of working horse husbandry systems and on the Equine Welfare Plan of the Ministry of Agriculture of Lower Saxony.
Uta has co-authored among others the 2nd edition of the book “Equitation Science” and a book on equine handling and ground work published by the German National Equestrian Federation. She has competed and/or trains horses at various levels from a complete looser to international levels in numerous horse sports including combined events, dressage, show-jumping, vaulting, driving, and – having lived in Iceland, Sweden and Canada – pace races, gaited horse classes as well as some Western disciplines. Together with her family she runs a small farm where she breeds and trains Hanoverian horses as well as dairy cows and various other animals.