The Equi-University website is a comprehensive means to help deliver information that will benefit horse owners from the novice to the professional. An educational program that will help move everyone forward in becoming a better horseman will ultimately benefit the horse. I believe every person involved with horses wants to do the best job possible in the care of the horse. They are hungry for unbiased, fact-based information that they can use in taking care of their horses. I have presented lectures/clinics around the world and the common question from horse owners is “what I can do better”.
New and current horse owners have multiple of sources of information related to breeding, raising, training and keeping horses at their disposal. Unfortunately, many of these sources are steeped in folklore and often contain many myths and unsubstantiated information. The internet is a great example in that there is a plethora of misinformation that many horse owners rely on as they consider it to be a credible source of information. Equi-University relies on proven, science based or unbiased, easily understood information that one can reference to minimize this information gap.
Equi-University founder Dr. Richard Godbee, Ph.D., PAS, Dipl ACAS is a lifelong horseman and leading expert on a wide variety of equine related topics.
Ph.D. Animal Nutrition, Colorado State University, 1978.
Major: Equine Nutrition and Production
MS Animal Science, University of Georgia, 1975.
Major: Ruminant Nutrition
B.S.A. Animal Science, University of Georgia, 1973.
A.S.A. Agriculture, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, 1971.
|2011-Present||Director Technical Service
Director Research & Development
Nutritional Technical Services Manager
Central Garden & Pet, Phoenix, AZ
Responsible for internal and external education for marketing, sales, and consumers of the equine nutritional products. Responsible for innovation in nutritionals for equine and companion animals. Review of current products to enhance value to consumers.
|2010-2011||Director Education and Research
Crooked Willow Foundation, Larkspur, CO
Responsible for producing and implementing the educational program for all types of livestock producers, designing research projects to help answer needs in multiple species of livestock and companion animals.
|2004-2010||Director – Animal Nutrition, Research and Development Director – Companion Animal Nutrition Group
Senior Manager – Companion Animal Nutrition Group
Morinda Holdings, Provo, UT
Responsible for technical service, product development, and education and training of distributors. Also responsible for management of the Companion Animal Nutrition Group. Direct research and product development in production and companion animals. Responsible for over $1M in research funding, development of innovative botanical based companion and production animal products that increased sales over $3M dollars in the first two years. Directed AAFCO feed definition application for a new feed ingredient.
|1992-2013||Vice President – Product Research and Development
Evergreen Equine Products, Temecula, CA
Responsible for feed formulation, product development and marketing plan of a premium line of horse products.
|2000-2002||Vice President of Operations
Richdel, Inc., Carson City, NV
Formulated many new innovative, commercially successful products, designed and oversaw several plant upgrades, and instituted written quality control procedures. Provided technical service in nutrition and horse management to distributors and end-users.
|1994-2000||Project Manager – Contract Employee
Anheuser-Busch, Fort Collins, CO
Responsible for $8M per year in plant-wide capital projects. Project emphasis on engineering, utility conservation and training/teaching. Strong skills in SAP/R3.
|1984-1991||Acting Director, Research and Development
Manager, Farr Equine Programs
Nutritionist / Horse Specialist
W.R. Grace & Co., Farr Better Feeds, Greeley, CO
Responsible for over $500K in research contracts, innovative product development that added $5+M in sales. Oversaw acquisition of two firms, and managed extensive product development in highly successful horse feed operation. Served as a feedlot nutritionist with specific account responsibility.
|1978-1984||Assistant Professor of Animal Science
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Equine Teaching and Research; Nutrition Faculty; Faculty Supervisor; Horse and Sheep Teaching and Research Farm. State Extension Beef and Swine Specialist.
California State University, Fresno, CA
Beef Cattle production, Ruminant Nutritionist, Faculty Supervisor: Beef Cattle Unit.
Garcinia mangostana L. enhanced animal food product #7,244,463
Morinda citrifolia based formulations for regulating T-cell immunomodulation in neonatal stock animals #8,652,546