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Mowrey honored as Penn State Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Bob Mowrey

Dr. Robert A. Mowrey, professor and Extension horse commodity coordinator at N. C. State University’s Department of Animal Science, has been selected as the Penn State Department of Dairy and Animal Science’s Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus for 2010. He was honored during Penn State’s Little I/Dairy Expo weekend on April 16 and 17.

A native of Sybertsville, Penn., Mowrey earned his bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in animal industry from Penn State. After graduation, he joined N. C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1981 as a North Carolina Cooperative Extension horse specialist.

His Extension responsibilities include directing the North Carolina 4-H horse program and the adult horse extension educational programs. He is a guest lecturer in undergraduate horse management courses and annually coordinates more than 15 statewide short course and clinics.

Dr. Terry Etherton, head of Penn State’s Department of Dairy and Animal Science, said, “We are proud to recognize Bob for the many exceptional contributions he has made to agriculture in general, and the equine industry specifically. He continues to provide outstanding leadership within the North Carolina 4-H and adult horse programs, and is highly regarded nationally. We are delighted to have him receive this accolade.”

Mowrey said, “I am deeply honored and very excited to receive the Distinguished Animal Science Alumnus recognition. The training and experience I received while in graduate school at Penn State University successfully prepared me for a career in the horse industry and academia.”

A third generation horse trainer, Mowrey was active in 4-H in Pennsylvania, exhibiting and winning state titles in most of the western division classes. He showed cutting horses in the East Coast Cutting Horse Association and the NCHA, and showed in youth activities in PQHA and KQHA. By the age of 19, he was training and showing quarter horses professionally, with that income supporting his college and graduate school studies.

While working on his graduate degrees, he assisted the late Dr. James Gallagher with extension youth and adult programs, opening the way for his choice of a career with Extension. He also credits Dr. Truman Hershberger with guiding him toward a career in academia, through an assistantship.

Mowrey also assisted Dr. Tom Merritt, professor of animal science, with teaching undergraduate courses and coaching the collegiate horse judging team. He credits Merritt with teaching him the skills in judging and relating to students that allowed him to have success with judging teams. As a coach of North Carolina Youth Horse Judging teams, Mowrey has seen his teams capture more than 50 judging contest wins at various regional and national judging contests.

At Delaware Valley, Mowrey was on the livestock judging team and ran on the track team as a two-miler.

Mowrey met his wife Peggy at Penn State, and they showed horses together, having multiple top 10 finishes with quarterhorses that were mostly PSU-bred.

A carded judge for the American Quarter Horse Association, the Palomino Horse Breeders of America and the National Snaffle Bit Association, Mowrey judges about 15 shows annually in the United States and Canada.

In 1999 he received the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society Outstanding Equine Educator award, in 2000 he won the American Horse Council Van Ness Award and in 2007, the American Youth Horse Council Distinguished Service Award.

The Mowreys own Peacemaker Farm in Pittsboro, N.C. The farm includes registered Quarter Horses, boarding retired show and race horses and red Angus cattle.
-- Penn State release