Faculty & Staff

Sarah Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton Rigg
Director of Equine Program
phone: 603-862-1356, fax: 603-862-1600, office location: Light Horse Classroom
email: sarah.rigg@unh.edu, Mail: UNH Equine Center, 278 Mast Rd. Ext., Durham, NH 03824
Contact for: ANSC 402(Dressage only and Intermediate II), ANSC 420, ANSC 520, ANSC 640, ANSC 641, IDA- Intercollegiate Dressage Team, UNH Dressage Shows.

Sarah Hamilton Rigg is an alumna of the University of New Hampshire Equine Program. She has ridden for over twenty-five years and has more than fifteen years' experience teaching riding. Sarah has a background riding, training and competing eventing, hunters and jumpers. She specializes in classical dressage and has ridden and trained in Europe. Sarah has taught at UNH since 2000. She also is a licensed therapeutic riding instructor.

Cindy Burke

Cindy Burke
Director of Therapeutic Riding Program
phone: 603-862-0131, fax: 603-862-3704, office location: Equine Center
email: cindy.burke@unh.edu, Mail: UNH Equine Center, 278 Mast Rd. Ext., Durham, NH 03824
Contact for: Therapeutic Riding Program, ANSC 500 Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, ANSC 643 Principles of Therapeutic Riding Instruction, Equine Website or Therapeutic Riding program Website updates

Cindy Burke is a double alumna of the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Zoology and an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business. She is the President of a small local company and works part time at the University directing the Therapeutic Riding Program and teaching and advising students in the Therapeutic Riding Tract. Cindy is a PATH International Advanced certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and PATH site evaluator and has been riding for more than thirty years. Cindy has coached the IHSA team and taught ANSC402 classes in past years. Cindy's AWS (Registered American Warmblood) gelding, Kodiak, is housed at the UNH Horse barn and she enjoys dressage when she's not teaching, managing her company or spending time with her husband and two young daughters. 

Chris Keim

Chris Keim, Faculty
phone: 603-862-1174, fax: 603-862-3704, office location: Light Horse Classroom
email: ckeim@unh.edu, Mail: UNH Equine Center, 278 Mast Rd., Durham, NH 03824
Contact for: ANSC 402(Intermediate II & Advanced), ANSC 565, ANSC 642, ANSC 796, ANSC 797, UNH Horse Trials, IHSA- Intercollegiate Hunt Seat Team, cross country course schooling.

Christina “Chris” Keim is an avid and accomplished equestrian with competitive results in the eventing, dressage, and show jumping arenas, as well as in competitive trail. She is a former area eventing champion and has had horses finish in the top ten for national year end rankings with the USEA. On her former mount Weltinus, Chris earned her USDF Bronze Medal, was a regional champion in the freestyle, and rode with top trainers such as Kathy Connelly, George Williams and Nancy Later. More recently, Chris has trained extensively with Rachel Greene Lowell, Verne Batchelder and Denny Emerson, who introduced her to the sport of competitive trail/endurance riding.  A graduate of the United States Pony Club (HA, Squamscott), Chris remains active with this organization as a National Examiner and clinician. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association as the Regional President for Zone 1, Region 2. Chris is a graduate of the USDF "L" judge's training program and holds her USEF “r” Connemara judge’s card.  She earned a Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire.  Chris currently rides and competes her Connemara cross, JEF Anna Rose, and her Thoroughbred cross, Liatris.

Liz Oertel

Liz Oertel Johnson
phone: 603-862-0027 , fax: 603-862-3704, office location: Equine Center
email: liz.johnson@unh.edu, Mail: UNH Equine Center, 278 Mast Rd. Ext., Durham, NH 03824
Contact for: ANSC507 (colt training), ANSC402 (Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate I & some sections of Dressage only)

Liz is an alumna of the University of New Hampshire, with a B.S. in Animal Sciences. Liz began riding Arabians, and has been riding most of her life, focusing on eventing and dressage. Liz drives for pleasure and believes the horse’s education must be built from the ground up. These principles are applied in ANSC 507, Scientific Approach to Equine Discipline. Liz’s teaching principles focus on safety and utilizing form to function with the rider’s position. Most recently, Liz has been focusing on young horses, with work on the ground and under saddle. Liz is the USEA and USDF Secretary for the Equine Program, and works to expand the lecture and clinic schedule at UNH. solely dressage and eventing through the Preliminary level in recognized competition while remaining active among Area 1 competitions.  

Laurie Chapman-Bosco
Associate Professor
phone: 603-862-1019
email: lcbosco@unh.edu, office location: Barton Hall
Contact for: Thompson School Equine program, Thompson School 2 phase, Little Royal Show, AAS 237 - Equine Handling & Care Techniques, AAS 246 Animal Business Applications, AAS 247 Applied Equine Management, AAS 226 Equine Conformation & Lameness, AAS 236 Equine Show Prep, AAS 252 Equine Health Management, AAS 253 Equine Competition Management.

Laurie Chapman-Bosco has been involved in the equine industry for over thirty-five years. She is a United States Pony Club (USPC) graduate, and completed the BHSAI program at Porlock Vale Equitation Centre in Great Britain. Her experience spans several aspects of the horse world. She worked at Runnymede Racing stable in North Hampton for four years and she competed successfully through Training level in Eventing with her horse Shandy Dancer. She enjoyed teaching for years at Bushbrook Stable in Biddeford, ME, where the predominant breed was Mustang and has worked periodically with the Hampton Mounted Police force and worked with the Dover Mounted Unit in the early days of their existence. Laurie is a double alumna of the University of New Hampshire earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Masters in Adult Education. She developed the Applied Equine Management program within the Applied Animal Science curriculum at the Thompson School of Applied Science where the program has been successfully running since the fall of 1990. Laurie also taught riding at UNH over a period of several years. She has been active in USPC serving at times as a District Commissioner, and has been a Chief Horse Management Judge, a National Examiner and a clinician for USPC for over thirty years throughout the country. Laurie has actively served as a member of the USPC Horse Management committee for many years, and has also served on the National Testing committee. She was on the USPC Board of Governors for two terms and was Vice-President of Instruction for USPC from 2003 through 2005. She lives in Rochester, NH with her husband and two children, and a variety of animals. She rides her own horse as often as possible and is still trying to hook her kids (to no avail).

Elizabeth Boulton, DVM DACVS

phone: 603-862-1885

email: e.boulton@unh.edu, office location: Nesmith Hall Rm 104, mail: UNH Nesmith Hall, 124 Main St., Durham, NH 03824

Contact for: (ANSC 504) Equine Science, Equine Diseases (ANSC 620); Equine Sports Medicine (ANSC 725); Anatomy and Physiology (ANSC 512); Program Director Animal Science

Bill Berndtson, Ph.D.
phone: 603-862-2553, fax: 603-862-3704, office location: Equine Center
email: Bill.Berndtson@unh.edu, Mail: UNH Equine Center, 278 Mast Rd. Ext., Durham, NH 03824
Contact for: AAS 240 - Animal Breeding, ANSC 511 - Anatomy & Physiology, and ANSC 724/824 - Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination.

Bill received a B.S. degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. degree in reproductive physiology from Cornell University. He received post-doctoral training at Oklahoma State University. He was a faculty member at Colorado State University before joining the faculty at the University of New Hampshire in 1979. Bill’s research interests are in the area of male reproductive biology. He has conducted extensive research on various aspects of artificial insemination and on factors affecting sperm production in the bovine, equine and laboratory species. He teaches courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination, and Animal Breeding. He is an amateur wheelwright and has a small collection of horse drawn vehicles in various stages of restoration.

Brenda Hess-McAskill

Brenda Hess-Mcaskill
Equine Facilities Manager
phone: 603-862-0343, fax: 603-862-3704, office location: Equine Center
email: brenda.hess-mcaskill@unh.edu, Mail: UNH Equine Center, 278 Mast Rd. Ext., Durham, NH 03824
Contact for: horse boarding, student employment (via email please), student apartments or facility rentals.

Brenda’s career choices began with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology where she worked with animals at Cornell University. Brenda went on to pursue a post baccalaureate certificate in Perfusion at Northeastern University. It was more than 8 years later that Brenda was able to get back into animal care and choose a position at the Houston SPCA This position allowed Brenda to take a career path that she was passionate about. Returning to New England she accepted a position at the Massachusetts SPCA. Her most recent position at the MSPCA was the Manager for the Equine and Farm Animal Care and Adoption Centers. She is proud to be affiliated with the education system at UNH and is excited about continuing her passion, caring for animals.

Brenda has been a horse owner for over 30 years and currently owns and adores “Abby” a TB/DWB cross. She competes in dressage and enjoys natural style ground training and communication. She lives in Eliot, ME with her husband, two dogs and a lovebird.

Deidre Musler, Assistant Barn Manager

phone: 603-969-0930,  office location: equine Center


Deidre “Dee” Musler is an alumna of the Thompson School of Applied Science here at UNH, with an Associate Degree in Equine Management.  Dee began riding at age six and started showing in hunter/jumper and English pleasure.  She later found her passion in eventing. She has worked on horse farms since she was eight and began teaching riding lessons at a local stable in 2008.   She also enjoys teaching special needs riders and has taken riders to the summer Special Olympics for several years.  She grew up in a farming family, haying and learning to drive heavy equipment. Currently, Dee lives on an  organic farm in Nottingham.  So when she isn’t here at UNH she is home helping tend the gardens, orchards and farmers markets. Dee has three retired horses:  R.S. Sunrise October, a bay Morgan gelding she has had since she was eight, Strawberry Shortcake, a red roan Welsh pony mare she has had since high school and Country’s Cover Girl a chestnut quarter horse mare she owns and competed as a student at UNH. Dee’s aspirations are to own her own sustainable horse farm and to compete in the upper levels of eventing.


Jeremiah Bixby

Jeremiah Bixby

Lead farm worker

fax: 603-862-3704, office location: Equine Center
Mail: UNH Equine Center, 278 Mast Rd. Ext., Durham, NH 03824