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Kristen M. Janicki was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago where she grew up riding in the hunter ring and eventing. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky, studying under Dr. Laurie Lawrence in the area of Equine Nutrition. Kristen began her career with Mars Horsecare US, Inc. as a performance horse nutritionist in 2010. She now works as part of our marketing team, providing technical nutrition expertise, and is responsible for our customer care line.
Dr. Nettie Liburt is the Senior Equine Nutrition Manager at Mars Horsecare US/BUCKEYE™ Nutrition where she helps develop new products, trains associates in equine nutrition, and works with the company’s UK-based team at the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition on developing and implementing research protocols. She holds Master’s and PhD degrees in Animal Science (Equine Nutrition & Exercise Physiology) from Rutgers University, and studied under Dr.’s Kenneth McKeever and Karyn Malinowski. Dr. Liburt is a member of the Equine Science Society, is a registered Professional Animal Scientist (PAS), and has an Appendix gelding named “ET” that she occasionally competes in the hunter and equitation divisions.
Bryan Cassill grew up in Southern Ohio where he and his family bred, raised and exhibited Quarter Horses. He attended college at The Ohio State University (B.S. in Agriculture). During college he was a member of The Ohio State University Horse Judging Team and continued to judge 4-H and Open Horse Shows in KY and OH. After marrying his wife, Heather, the two moved to Kentucky to attend the University of Kentucky. Bryan earned his M.S. in Equine Nutrition under the guidance of Dr. Laurie Lawrence. After finishing his M.S. Degree, he was hired as the University of Kentucky’s Animal Resource Manager for the Animal Science Horse Farm. He managed all aspects of the Thoroughbred Farm, Class Instructor and Mentor to UK Students developing into industry professionals. After the birth of his son, Bryson, he decided to pursue and earn a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Bryan was President of the KY Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC) prior to his move back to Ohio. In 2018, Bryan accepted a position for MARS Horsecare US Inc (Buckeye Nutrition) and is currently the Commercial and Formulation Manager.