King to receive highest honor

King presents at the Summit in Durango

We’re thrilled to learn that Dr. Sheryl King, this year’s Best Horse Practices Summit presenter on tick-borne disease, will be honored for the Distinguished Service Award at the Equine Science Society’s 2019 Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina. It is the highest honor bestowed on ESS members.

Kudos, Dr. King!

The award’s introductory citation reads:

Dr. King’s contributions to the equine industry, academia, and our knowledge base of the horse have been nothing less than phenomenal. Sheree earned her PhD in 1983 at the University of California at Davis with Dr. Warren Evans, and started her long and successful career thereafter at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Sheree served as the Director of Equine Studies throughout her tenure at SIU, and as such proved herself to be an outstanding educator and mentor. She has been nominated for and has earned numerous awards for teaching, including the Outstanding Scholar in the College of Agricultural Science in 2010.

The dynamic Dr. King

In addition to her extensive teaching duties, Sheree served the equine industry in Illinois as President of the Illinois Horseman’s Council (since 2011), Vice-President, member of the Board of Directors, as well as various committee chairs and memberships.

Her contributions to continuing education in the equine field are also extensive, spearheading workshops and symposia across the state from 1985 through the present. She was a member and served in the administration of the Equine Science Society (previously the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society) since 1985 as a member of the Board of Directors and through numerous committees and session chairmanships.

Sheree has been a member of the American Society of Animal Sciences since 1983, and has served on the Editorial Board and as an ad hoc reviewer throughout her career. She has been a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists since 1995. Throughout, Sheree has maintained a distinguished research program in reproductive physiology, with focus on prolactin, season, and the corpus luteum in mares.

She has mentored 22 graduate students through graduation and has a lengthy list of grants and contracts through which her research has been funded.

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  • Dr. Steve Peters

    Congrats Sheree! No surprise and well deserved.


  • Cindy Morin

    Congratulations Sheree! It is a well deserved award and, thank you for presenting such great topics!

  • Debbie Hight

    Congratulations Sheree. Not only do you have a profound level of knowledge and understanding, you are humble and circumspect in its presentation, kind and attentive to questions. I am anxious to hear more about ticks.

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