is a 1974 graduate of The Ohio State University, College of Agriculture,
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She returned
to obtain a second degree in Agricultural Education, and her Master's
work is in Large Animal Nutrition and Physiology. From 1976 through
1978, Karen also served as head research associate for the O.S.U.
Surgical Research Department.
equine articles by Karen Griffith have appeared in many top equine
publications including Performance Horseman and Horse & Rider.
Karen was Equine Science director for the Delaware City-County
Joint Vocational School, Delaware, Ohio. (This is located at the
heart of Standardbred racing country in the United States. It
is the home of "The Little Brown Jug", one of the three jewels
in Standardbred racing's " Triple Crown". Horse people from this
area, with good reason, expect results and demand perfection.)
Here, Karen developed a comprehensive course of study for high
school students that included equine anatomy, nutrition, parasite
control, reproductive physiology, stable and farm management,
stallion and mare management, sales, farm promotion and advertising,
western and English riding, and the breaking and training of young
horses. She also coached their horse judging team to a State Championship
and Top Ten National Status. During this busy time, Karen also
served as coach and riding instructor for Ohio Wesleyan University
in Delaware, Ohio. Many of Karen's past students continue to stay
in contact with her, and have very successful careers in the equine
industry as trainers, farm managers, reproductive specialists,
In 1981, Karen
was recruited as a livestock nutritionist and field manager by
the Furst-McNess Co., of Freeport, Illinois. Here she was responsible
for the nutritional programs of over 100 dairy, beef, hog, and
horse operations. In addition to these farms, she was also responsible
for the entire dairy and beef nutritional programs of The West
Virginia State Farm Commission. From 1981-1984, she was the field
manager and trainer of 22 sales and marketing representatives
in Ohio and West Virginia.
entire series of events, Karen had maintained and built her Paint
horse breeding operation. Her program was established in 1959
and by the early 80's Karen had developed one of the most consistently
athletic, sane, sound herds in the country. In 1984, she left
the security of a paying job to begin the full time endeavor of
raising her beautiful, athletic Paint horses.
offers many services to the equine industry that are much needed.
Not only is she supplying the industry with what many people from
around the world say are the top Paint horses to be found anywhere,
she is also available as a clinician and a private nutritional
and farm management consultant. With these services, she assists
private horse farms with their acquisition of appropriate brood
stock, sets up nutritional programs (area specific), makes suggestions
on facility layout (barn, pasture, etc.), suggests inoculation/parasite
control schedules (area specific), and supplies a comprehensive
source of educational materials. If requested, she will also assist
with farm manager interviewing, spending management, record keeping
set ups, sales/marketing campaigns, etc.
Karen also holds
clinics for various clubs and groups. The topics most requested
are: "Mare and stallion selection-form/function vs. pedigree", and
"An anatomy and orthopedic management forum. Form, function, and
soundness from birth to maturity--or--How to raise a sound, athletic
foal and keep him that way!"
is very knowledgeable in her field. Her class presentation
was terrific!....Karen kept her students enthused and captive
with her great sense of humor and with fun stories that made
science 'come alive' ! Karen is a good person to do
business with and a great judge and teacher."
Lynette Coller, Stevensville, Montana
From 1984 to
the present, Karen has owned and operated all of the facets of Karen
Griffith Farms. There are always at least 60 head of quality homebred
Paints on the farm, and she has access to a large variety of other
animals that trusted and accomplished friends in the business have
raised. She is currently standing twelve outstanding Paint stallions.
These stallions encompass any discipline a mare owner could choose.
The consistent attributes of her stallions and breeding program
are soundness, athletic ability, and a sane, willing disposition.
With these qualities, horses from Karen Griffith Farms' breeding
will be major contributors to the equine world well into the next
most structurally correct herd of horses I've seen! Any
one of Karen's horses would have met my strict standards.
Karen knows how to select the animal the customer needs. In
all aspects of the industry, she's the most knowledgeable
horseperson I've ever met! ....a great person with which to
Ricki Fellows, Warrenton, Virginia
Karen's Other Interests
always been a big factor in Karen's life. She was a member of
the All Ohio Youth Choir in 1969-70, and with this group toured
Western Europe. She also served as solo trumpet player for this
120 voice choir.
been well known for her abilities on the trumpet, and has given
many solo performances in the United States and Europe. She was
a first chair trumpet player at the Ohio State University (concert
band, brass choir, jazz ensemble, brass quintet, etc.). In 1973,
Karen was the first woman to make the Ohio State University Marching
Band in a regular marching position. The O.S.U. band had been
'male only' for 98 years. This tryout was the result of Title
IX of The Higher Education Act of 1972. (The stories of this experience
could fill another web site, but we'll pass on that for right
She has been
active in the O.S.U Alumni Band from 1974 to the present. (Performing
in the U.S., Ireland, and Germany.)
performed in her local community band, serves as bugler at military
services, and has given performances at various shows as lead
trumpet in a Dixieland group made up of talented local performers.
She has also played guitar and sung for local area shows, etc.
is one of Karen's hobbies. Her work has been displayed at several
shows, including The Bank One Art Show/Ohio University, Athens,
three immediate family members to cancer from 1988-1993, Karen
has developed a passion for helping fund cancer research. As a
result, Karen and her mother Maxine (a cancer survivor since 1988)
were co-chairman for Meigs County's "Relay For Life - 1999".
activities that Karen enjoys, but has little time for these days,
are boating, swimming, and water skiing. In the 70's, she obtained
her W.S.I., from Ohio State University, and taught junior and
In the summer,
Karen also does landscape design for a few area businesses and