Donald R. Kapper, P.A.S.
Director of Nutrition and Technical Services Progressive Nutrition and a Team Member of Akey Nutrition Research and Development and Nutrition Horizon's Research and Development Departments; North American Nutrition Companies, Inc.
Don is a graduate of The Ohio State University and a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (PAS), the Equine Science Society, the American Farrier Association and the American Hanoverian Society and the ISR/Oldenburg Society.
Don achieved his credentials as a Professional Animal Scientist (PAS), the first year certification was available, 1994. The title of "PAS" is awarded to those with a degree in their respective animal science field, after passing the national board to become certified.
In 1983, he assisted in the development of the first comprehensive computer program to balance equine diets. He consults with industry leaders and has lectured throughout the world to owners, trainers and veterinarians.
Don has also been the exclusive Equine Nutritionist, since 1998, for the North American Sport Horse Registries, 100 Day Stallion Performance Test, held at Paxton Farm.
He is a consulting nutritionist to Baileys Horse Feeds, in England, where they currently manufacture and distribute Progressive Nutrition "feeds and feeding programs" to approximately 30% of the Thoroughbred Studs and Racing Yards in England. Their fastest growing areas today are: Ireland, France, Germany, and the United Emirates.
In 2003, Don assisted in writing the text and co-taught the first Equine Science Certificate Class, “Introductory Equine Nutrition”, at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He has also been a guest speaker there on: Equine Growth & Development, Equine Exercise Physiology and Equine Nutrition during the past several years.
Don also wrote the chapter on "Applied Nutrition," for co-authors: Stephen M. Reed, DVM, Warwick M. Bayly, BVSc, PhD, and Debra C. Sellon, DVM, PhD, Equine Internal Medicine, 2nd edition, a veterinary textbook published by Saunders & Co., in Dec. 2004. He has written articles on Equine Management and Nutrition that have been published in several trade journals.
He has guest lectured on "Applied Nutrition" at Veterinary Clinical Science Departments including: Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa State University, Minnesota State University, Texas A&M, Florida State University, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, in Mexico. He has also spoken at universities with horse science degrees, including: the University of Findlay, Salem University, Ohio University, Lake Erie College and the University of Guelph, in Canada.
Other noted seminar presentations have been given to: the American Association of Equine Practitioners; the Pennsylvania State Veterinary Associations, The Ohio State University Veterinary Nutritional Conference; the Mexico Veterinary Conference; the Northern Texas Veterinary Medical Association; Veterinary Professional Quest; the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's of Ireland, England, and France; Horsemen's Short Courses at The Ohio State University; the American Hanoverian Society; Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association; Michigan, Ohio and American Morgan Horse Associations; and the California Nutrition Conference.
Don and his wife Dee own and operate Outer Banks Farm, where they breed and raise Warmblood horses in Beach City, Ohio and are partners in Aberdeen Thoroughbred's, in Lexington, Kentucky.