Summit of the Horse: Temple Grandin confirmed speaker at the United Horsemen event |

Summit of the Horse: Temple Grandin confirmed speaker at the United Horsemen event

Dr. Temple Grandin, one of Time Magazine’s 2010 most influential people, recently confirmed to speak amongst other national presenters at the Summit of the Horse event Jan. 3-6, 2011 in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.

According to Representative Sue Wallis of Wyoming who is the Vice President of United Horsemen, a 501(c)(3) educational and charitable organization that implements humane and realistic solutions to the excess horse problem, Grandin will address the issue of humane handling of horses during the four-day event.

Grandin also recently was the focus of a semi-biographical 2010 HBO film, “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes that was nominated for 15 Emmy categories and received five awards. Wallis says while Grandin now may be recognized as a worldwide celebrity, she continues to be a representative of all of who have spent their lives in animal agriculture.

“Temple is unequivocally honest and logical in her explanations of the necessity of animal science and livestock production,” Wallis said. “Her lack of bias in addressing the issues provides a commonsense understanding for anyone to grasp the positive movement we see in the future development of the humane handling of horses and other livestock.”

Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University and Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois.

Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling and animal welfare.

Dr. Grandin has appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, and the Today Show. She has been featured in People Magazine, New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times book review, and Discover magazine.

She has written more than 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare and facility design. She is the author of “Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport, Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals,” and “Humane Livestock Handling.” Her books “Animals in Translation” and “Animals Make Us Human” made the New York Times best seller list. And “Animals Make Us Human” made the Canadian best seller list.

Tracee Bentley of the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, and one of the organizers of the event, said the Summit of the Horse event is an effort to gather horse men and women with federal, state, tribal and private land resource managers, conservationists and ranchers in a forum to address concerns about the sustainability and health of land; horses, both domestic and wild; native wildlife and the horseback culture and economy.

“The Summit comes from the perspective of experienced horse people who have the best interest of the horse at heart and seeks unification of our country’s horsemen and horsewomen in promoting horse welfare and the health of the horse industry,” said Dave Duquette, President and Founder of United Horsemen. “We’re speaking with a unified voice for horses and horse people.”

Other confirmed speakers include:

• John Falen – Public Lands Council;

• Steve Torbit – National Wildlife Federation

• Larry Johnson – Nevada Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife, and former member of BLM Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Committee

• Arlen Washines – Northwest Tribal Horse Coalition

• Tim Amlaw – American Humane

• Glenda Davis – Navajo Nation Veterinary Program

• Frank Bowman – Horsemen’s Council of Illinois

• Dennis Foster – Masters of Fox Hounds Association

• Mindy Patterson – Alliance for Truth, campaign to defeat HSUS Missouri Prop B

• Bill desBarre – Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada

• Jennifer Wood – Humane Handling & Assessment Tool for Canadian Horse Processing

• David Solum – Solum Brothers, breeders, Missouri

• Ted Robinson – Renowned horse trainer

• Ike Sankey – Sankey Pro Rodeo, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association stock contractor

• Johnny Zamrzla – California Horse Council

• Bob Loomis – Oklahoma, National Reining Horse Association breeder and trainer

• Bill & Jann Parker – Billings Livestock Horse Sale

• Patti Colbert – Mustang Heritage Foundation

• Joey Astling – USDA/APHIS Horse Slaughter Transport Program

• Rob Leach – Australian horse trainer

A full program will be released as soon as official confirmations are received from Secretary of Interior Salazar’s office, and from the BLM Wild Horse and Burro office. Don Glenn, current head of the Wild Horse and Burro Program, has indicated that the agency will be at the event to discuss sustainable and realistic solutions to the problems of wild horse management. In addition, confirmations are also being awaited from leading politicians who have been at the forefront of horse industry issues who are juggling schedules during this transition phase after the elections.

Participants are encouraged to register at by Dec. 1 to receive an early rate discount. To arrange booth space and sponsorship opportunities, contact Dave Duquette at 541-571-7588 and at For more Summit event information, contact Sue Wallis at 307-680-8515; Tracee Bentley, Colorado Association of Conservation District, 970-412-3386; or visit the Summit of the Horse Web site at