Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor and director of the University of Minnesota Equine Center, will be inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.

Established by the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation, the Equine Research Hall of Fame is the highest honor for a lifetime of contribution to the body of knowledge in equine research. For a scientist to have merited such distinction is a great tribute to their work. The work of the Hall of Fame members spans several disciplines and covers nearly 100 years of scientific investigation in all parts of the world. Valberg will be the first woman to receive the honor.

Valberg has been a pioneer in unraveling the mystery of "tying up" and other muscle disorders in horses. Through her research, previously unknown muscle disorders were discovered, their genetic basis identified, and nutritional strategies developed to minimize muscle pain. Her work in equine muscle disease has revolutionized equine practice.

Born in 1958 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Valberg was an avid horsewoman from an early age. She completed a degree in veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1983, where she received awards for the highest overall academic standing. She was awarded a PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Equine Exercise Physiology in 1986. After postdoctoral training in muscle disorders at the University of California, Davis, Valberg completed a residency and became board certified in large animal internal medicine in 1991. In 1993, she joined th