Faculty & Staff in Equine Science
Equine Science Office Information
Department Chair: Sheri Birmingham
Location: 600 N. Spring Rd.
Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Contact: Allison de Nijs, Administrative Assistant
Professor & Department Chair
Sheri Birmingham is a graduate of The Ohio State University-University of Veterinary Medicine and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Vet/Equine Science from Otterbein University. While at OSU, she was involved in equine elective courses, equine research and interned at various prestigious equine clinics such as San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, Peninsula Equine Center, and Morris Equine Associates, Inc. Prior to joining the faculty at Otterbein as Assistant Professor of Equine Science, she practiced…
Dr. Burk is originally from Harmony, Pennsylvania. She teaches a variety of courses, including Horsemastership, Horsemastership Lab, Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Forage Analysis, Therapeutic Riding, Service Learning, Advanced Topics in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies, Animal Nutrition, and summer travel courses. She has two horses of her own and enjoys riding in her spare time.
Bruce Mandeville currently teaches Equine Business, Law, Contemporary Issues, Conformation and some hands-on classes. In addition to equestrian sport, he was also a competitive skier, twice British Columbia slalom champion as a teenager. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and law degree from the University of British Columbia in addition to some language degrees from the Université, Paris-Sorbonne in Paris, France. Following his graduation he worked as assistant to President for the data retrieval company, Quick Law. He was involved in the management…
Kari Briggs is the Business Manager of the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science. As part of her duties as the Business Manager, Kari oversees the equestrian program and actively coaches riders of all disciplines. She stays busy throughout the year traveling to intercollegiate horse shows and competing her own horses in the sport of Eventing. Kari grew up riding and competing throughout her childhood in a variety of disciplines. She graduated from Otterbein in 2003 with a degree in Education and…
A native of Ohio, Jennifer grew up riding horses. Having ridden several different disciplines as a child, Jennifer started focusing on dressage at age 12 with her trainer Sharon Ridge of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2002, she graduated from Otterbein University Summa Cum Laude with honors with a BS degree in Psychology. Jennifer has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals and is a current FEI competitor and instructor. She has had numerous Regional Championship placings Training Level through Grand Prix, top placings at the…
Eventing Coach/Riding Instructor
Julia Spatt is an Otterbein alumni who graduated in 2014 with her degree in Equine Business Management and participated on all three equestrian teams as a student. She grew up involved in the United States Pony Club and competed in a variety of disciplines before discovering three day eventing - since then she has never looked back! Julia has successfully competed through the Intermediate level and competed several horses at the FEI CCI* level. She competed at the North American…
Lindsay has been a member of the Otterbein coaching staff since 2010. As one of the IHSA coaches, she has helped Otterbein become recognized as a nationally competitive team. Strong placing’s at the National and Zone level has secured Otterbein as a competitive equestrian program. Lindsay began riding horses at age 9. From the very beginning Lindsay knew she had found her true passion. Lindsay showed through her junior career in the 3 foot & 3 foot 6 divisions. With a…