Awards and Recognition

The Havemeyer Foundation has done more to advance understanding of horse health, reproduction, and welfare than any other organization of its type.
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Foundation President Gene M. Pranzo Receives AAEP's Leadership Award

Mr. Gene M. Pranzo, CEO and President of The Dorothy R. Havemeyer Foundation, has been named the recipient of the George Stubbs Award for leadership of the Foundation and its mission to improve the general health and welfare of horses. The George Stubbs Award recognizes the contributions made to equine veterinary medicine by individuals other than veterinarians.

Mr. Pranzo has been instrumental in developing the Foundation from its inception in 1979 to its role in scientific research, workshops, and publications on equine reproduction, behavior, and infectious diseases and on the creation of an equine genetic map.

“I see it as an award to the Foundation rather than to me,” says Pranzo. “It is, without doubt, a tribute to the work of our Principal Investigators and the outstanding workshops the Foundation has held year after year. And I am particularly pleased that recognition comes to the Foundation in the year of its silver anniversary.”

The award was presented at the Presidents’ Luncheon during the American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention on December 7, 2004, in Denver, Colorado.

Foundation Principal Investigator Sue McDonnell Receives AAEP's Prestigious George Stubbs Award

Ms. Sue McDonnell, Ph.D., a Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation Principal Investigator has been named the recipient of the George Stubbs Award for her “revolutionary equine behavioral research.” The George Stubbs award recognizes the contributions made to equine veterinary medicine by individuals other than veterinarians.

Through her innovative research methods, McDonnell has provided monumental insight into the understanding of equine behavior, physiology, and welfare. As a Havemeyer Foundation Principal Investigator, she maintains a semi-feral herd of ponies at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School at New Bolton Center for the study of equine social behavior and development of undomesticated environment.

McDonnell’s pioneering research in reproductive physiology has enabled her to implement proven methods for resolving problematic behavior in stallions and mares. Continually promoting compassion for horses, McDonnell has worked with the AAEP to address welfare issues related to the pregnant mare urine industry in the United States and Canada.

The award was presented at the President’s Luncheon during the American Association of Equine Practitioners 57th Annual Convention on November 22, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas.

Foundation Principal Investigator Douglas F. Antczak inducted into Hall of Fame

Douglas F. Antczak, Principal Investigator and the Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Professor of Equine Medicine was inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame on October 25th, 2009 by the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.

Dr. Antczak has served as a Havemeyer Principal Investigator since the early 1980s and has led and participated in numerous Foundation workshops. He actively participated in the Foundation’s Horse Genome Project from the very beginning. Antczak is the Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Professor of Equine Medicine at the James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, where he joined the staff in 1979. In 1994, he became the director of the Baker Institute for Animal Health, a post he held for 15 years until mid-2009.

Penn Vet Honors Two Graduates with 2023 Alumni Achievement Awards

May 24, 2023; PHILADELPHIA, PA – The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) has announced that two distinguished graduates received two of the School’s highest honors, the Alumni Award of Merit, and the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. The awards are given annually to recognize alumni who are leaders in their fields and who embody the mission and values of Penn Vet. This year’s recipients were honored at the School’s annual Alumni and Reunion Weekend celebration held at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center campus in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

The 2023 award recipients are Dr. Eric Lombardini, C’93, G’01, V’01, and Dr. Douglas Antczak, V’73.

“Throughout their careers, Drs. Lombardini and Antczak have contributed substantially to science and public service, important goals of the veterinary profession,” said the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM. “They represent the best of the School’s alumni and they are role models for all who aspire to have an impact on the world in which we live.”

2023 Alumni Award of Merit: Dr. Eric Lombardini

The Alumni Award of Merit recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to Penn Vet, excellence in the veterinary profession, and community engagement. 

Dr. Lombardini earned his BA, his MSc in Viral Epidemiology, and his VMD, al from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an anatomic pathologist, and he holds a PhD in Microbiology from The Open University in the UK. . focused on cerebral malaria. Lombardini achieved the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army, where he served as director of the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) in Thailand, the Department of Defense’s largest medical research institute outside of the U.S. He also served on the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand’s executive committee. Lombardini retired from the U.S. Army in 2022, and he now serves as Boston Scientific’s vice president of pre-clinical global, where he leads over 180 scientists, veterinarians, toxicologists, and support staff, specializing in translational research across the lifecycle of Boston Scientific’s medical products and solutions. He is a recipient of the U.S. military’s Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star; the Humanitarian Service Medal in recognition of his meritorious participation in the global COVID-19 response; the Uniformed Public Health Service Commendation Medal; and the U.S. Army Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency designator for his contributions as an expert in the field of Veterinary Pathology.

2023 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: Dr. Douglas Antczak

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the veterinary profession.

Dr. Antczak is the Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Professor of Equine Medicine at the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. His interdisciplinary research on the equine placenta has achieved international recognition for advances and discoveries in immunology, genetics, and reproductive biology of the horse. Antczak received continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) support between 1981 and 2010 for his research on equine pregnancy immunology, emphasizing the relevance of this work to human health. From 1994 to 2009, he served as director of the Baker Institute, where he spearheaded new laboratory construction and led the Institute’s scientific mission to advance animal health through research. Through his relationship with the Havemeyer Foundation, Antczak has been a catalyst for cooperative research by way of the Foundation’s Workshop series that he initiated over 40 years ago. He is a principal participant in the international Horse Genome Project, a consortium of over 20 laboratories that produce genetic and physical maps of the horse genome.

Many of Antczak’s former trainees now serve on the faculty at veterinary colleges across the U.S. and abroad. In the early 1980s, Antczak launched a program that has provided research experiences for over 50 veterinary students over the past 35 years. This summer fellowship program now serves as a model for similar veterinary student training initiatives at Cornell University and elsewhere.

Antczak holds the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Equine Reproduction and the International Union of Immunological Sciences’ 2010 Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award. In 2009, he was inducted into the University of Kentucky’s Equine Research Hall of Fame. Antczak received his BA in Biology from Cornell University and his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. He conducted post-graduate research in England as a Thouron Scholar and received his PhD in Immunology from the University of Cambridge.

“This year’s Alumni Award recipients represent excellence across our veterinary profession, said Penn Vet Alumni Board President Sam Gilbert, VMD. “They share a commitment to service and intellectual curiosity, both of which are core values here at Penn Vet. Iam so pleased that we were able to honor their accomplishments and celebrate among our alumni peers and colleague.”


Beginning in 1981, The Dorothy R Havemeyer Foundation began sponsoring workshops of particular interest to equine researchers and clinicians. Dr. Douglas F. Antczak, Havemeyer PI, lead the charge with a series of workshops on Lympoho Alloantigens in the horse.

The superior content and ability of the attendees led to over 145 workshops with more planned for 2022 and beyond. These workshops have enabled summer fellows, veterinary students and residents, clinicians in private practice and researchers from industry to meet on a common ground and learn from one another.

Upcoming Workshops

Date Topic Organizer Location
Year 2024
May 12-26, 2024 14th Annual Genetic Map Workshop Eric Barrey Normandy, FR
July 21-25, 2024 Colitis II Luis Arroyo Castro Lake Tahoe, CA
August 6-9, 2024 SIRS/Sepsis Pamela Wilkins Urbana, IL
October 4-7, 2024 Equine Pain II Sue McDonnell West Chester, PA
October 17-20, 2024 ARDS Daniella Bedenice Clearwater, FL
Year 2025
TBD Diminished Performance II Robert Keene TBD
TBD Gastric Ulcers Frank Andrews TBD
TBD Regenerative Medicine Daniella Bedenice TBD
TBD Tendonopathies Roger Smith TBD
Year 2026
January 14-17, 2026 Colic II Diana Hassel TBD
TBD Strangles VIII Robert Keene TBD
TBD Prediction and Prevention of Laminitis Amanda Adams/Andrew Van Eps TBD

Guidelines for Havemeyer Workshop Planning

  • The Dorothy R Havemeyer Foundation (DRHF) was founded to advance equine health and science. The production of workshops and symposia bring together the greatest minds in the field to exchange ideas and build collaborations to further that mission. To achieve Foundation goals, the following guidelines should be taken into account while planning the workshop.

    • The Foundation cannot, by charter, sponsor another organization’s meeting.
    • Workshops are made up of 25-30 MAXIMUM invited presenters. Our forty plus years of experience has shown that this number lends itself to an environment that gives attendees the opportunity to get to know one another, give all a voice in the discussion, and form collaborations.
    • The meeting organizer traditionally creates a list of attendees that they would like to attend. Then an invitation to submit an abstract for presentation (usually 15 minutes and 5 for questions) Inevitably some won’t be able to submit, so a ‘back up’ group should be prepared.
    • The attendees should be a mix of both established and new researchers. This provides new researchers the opportunity to know and interact with those who have led the field.
    • Invitees are strongly encouraged to attend the entire workshop and all workshop events.
    • DRHF workshops are generally focused on a single topic rather than an overview of a topic. Exceptions to this require approval from the Foundation.
    • Scheduling of the meeting and booking of facilities require the approval of the Foundation.
    • Budget is set upon approval of workshop. Any expenses outside of the declared budget are the sole responsibility of the organizer. There are no exceptions to this.
    • DRHF trustees are participants of DRFH workshops. Their expenses are paid outside of the workshop budget.
    • Guests and spouses are discouraged at workshop events. Attendees are encouraged to spend social time and meals getting to know their fellow attendees.
    • Meeting planning fees and costs are part of the workshop budget.
    • Organizers can obtain sponsorship from individuals or companies to defray workshop costs and provide enhancements to the workshop experience. Any sponsorship monies not utilized by the workshop are the property of the DRHF.
    • Sponsorship solicitation should be approved by DRHF. Conditions of sponsorship must not interfere with the execution of the workshop.
    • Organizers are required to submit a summary of the workshop to the trustees within 30 days of the close of activities. This meeting summary will be posted on the DRH website
    • Organizers are encouraged to produce a white paper from the workshop that is suitable for publication. To maintain the highest relevance, this should be submitted for publication within 9 months of the workshop.

Prof. William "Twink" Allen


Renowned equine reproduction expert “Twink” Allen died at the age of 80 after a short illness.

Allen had been a well-known figure in England’s thoroughbred hub, Newmarket, for many years and is the father of Catherine Dettori, wife of jockey Frankie.

He was particularly known for his work in assisted reproductive technologies, carrying out pioneering methods of embryo recovery and transfer in mares and studies of hormones and ultrasonography. Twink began his prolific association with the Havemeyer foundation in (need year).

Equine Veterinarians Australia described Allen as a “godfather of equine reproduction”.

“So many of our routine procedures in horse breeding are with thanks to Twink. He has left a great legacy.”

A graduate of veterinary medicine from the University of Sydney, he was a director of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Equine Fertility Unit, a professor at the University of Cambridge and held numerous other research positions. He was awarded a CBE in 2002, Fellowship of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS) by thesis, elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences, Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Krakow, Gent and Helsinki and was elected to the Hall of Fame for Equine Research in the US, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Symposia of Equine Reproduction Committee.

Allen retired from the University of Cambridge in 2007, and was the honorary director at the Paul Mellon Laboratory of Equine Reproduction in Newmarket from 2008 to 2015, when he became director of the Equine Reproduction Laboratory, Sharjah Equine Hospital, in the UAE.

In a biography on the Society for Reproduction and Fertility, Allen described several career highlights, including carrying out the first embryo transfers in horses and donkeys, and the development and practical application of both surgical and non-surgical methods of embryo recovery and transfer in the mare. He described how, in 1974, with Franseca Stewart and Alan Trownson, “the successful transport of six horse embryos in the oviducts of two rabbits by car to Krakow in Poland in 1974 for transfer to recipient mares there, with the birth of three live foals in 1975”.

Allen was also behind the early development and practical application of the technique of transrectal ultrasonography in thoroughbreds for the accurate visual assessment of follicular growth, ovulation and corpus luteum development and for the early accurate diagnosis of single and twin pregnancy and early pregnancy failure.

Allen was also among those responsible for organizing and running of the First International Symposium of Equine Reproduction in Cambridge in July, 1974

Melanie G. Tenney

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Melanie Tenney is a Fourth Level certified instructor and a senior member of the USDF Instructor Certification faculty. She is also an Alexander Technique teacher and is Vice President of the Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation. Based in Willington, CT, she divides her time between teaching and giving clinics in the US and working for the Havemeyer Foundation around the world.

Dr. Mary Rose Paradis

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The Dorothy Havemeyer Foundation chose Mary Rose Paradis to become one of their primary investigators in 1990. As primary investigator in Neonatal and Geriatric diseases of horses, her mandate was to conduct research, train summer students/fellows, and conduct workshops to expand veterinary knowledge in these fields.  Many students, fellows, interns, residents and colleagues were involved in this research. Some have stayed in academia while others have continued careers in private practice. Many patients received care through the Foundation that would otherwise have gone untreated.  We celebrated that good work with a retrospective of what was accomplished, and where the people are now in their careers. Dr Paradis has been crucial to furthering the mission of the Havemeyer Foundation.

Dr. Sue McDonnell, PhD

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Dr. Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, is a certified applied animal behaviorist and the founding head of the equine behavior program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She is also the author of numerous books and articles about horse behavior and management. Among Dr. McDonnell’s honors are The George Stubbs Award given by the American Association of Equine Practitioners for contributions to equine veterinary medicine by a non-veterinarian and a Gold Medal from the Agricultural University of Krakow, Poland, their highest honor for distinguished scientific collaboration.

Dr. Douglas F. Antczak

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Since 1981 the Havemeyer Foundation has had a strong working relationship with the Baker Institute for Animal Health, a unit of Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The Institute’s equine research program has been lead by Dr. Douglas F. Antczak, Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Professor of Equine Medicine.

Dr. Antczak developed strong research programs in equine immunology, reproduction, and genetics. For this research Dr. Antczak developed a herd of purpose-bred horses selected for homozygosity at the Major Histocompatibility Complex. These horses are a unique genetic resource – the donor horses for the Bacterial Artificial Chromosome library and the Whole Genome Sequence of the Horse Genome Project are members of this herd. The Baker Institute horse herd is stabled at the Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Barn, a historic agricultural building on the Cornell campus.

In 2009 Dr. Antczak was inducted into the University of Kentucky’s Equine Research Hall of Fame.  In 2010, Dr. Antczak was the recipient of the Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award, a prize awarded only once every three years by the Veterinary Immunology Committee of the International Union of Immunological Societies. In 2018, Dr. Antczak received one of the five inaugural Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Equine Reproduction Symposium.

Dr. Daniela Bedenice

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Dr. Daniela Bedenice brings a wonderful range of expertise to the Havemeyer Foundation. In addition to her camelid care, Dr. Bedenice takes great pride in her work with foals and adult horses. Dr. Bedenice grew up in rural Germany, where she trained and cared for many horses, and even accompanied her local veterinarian on nearly two years’ worth of farm calls. Soon after, she moved to the United States, became a Havemeyer fellow under Dr Mary Rose Paradis, earned her board certification in both veterinary internal medicine and emergency and critical care,  and joined the faculty at the Cummings School. Dr Bedenice was named a PI with the Foundation in 2020, following the retirement of Dr Paradis. Her primary research interest is in Non-invasive pulmonary function testing (horses, dogs, camelids).

Gene Pranzo, Esq.

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Gene Pranzo, Esq., is the CEO and president of The Dorothy R. Havemeyer Foundation. He is instrumental in developing the Foundation, beginning with its inception in 1979 to its present role as a leader in scientific research, workshops and publications.

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