Dr. Holly Spooner


Holly Spooner, PhD, PAS


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Dr. Spooner grew up showing American Quarter Horses and participating in 4-H and FFA activities in central Indiana.  Dr. Spooner attended Texas A&M University in College Station, TX where she received a B.S. in Agricultural Development and M.S. in Animal Science.  During her time at TAMU, she assisted with the coaching of the TAMU Horse Judging Team, instructed numerous horsemanship classes, and was a participant on the first varsity women’s equestrian team.   Dr. Spooner then attended Michigan State University to complete her Ph.D. in Animal Science (Equine Nutrition/ Exercise Physiology), along with coaching the MSU Horse Judging Team. 

In 2008, Dr. Spooner joined the faculty of West Virginia University as an Assistant Professor.  Dr. Spooner was tasked with building an undergraduate equine science program and serving as the WVU Extension Service Horse Specialist. 

In August 2012, Dr. Spooner joined the faculty in Horse Science at Middle Tennessee State University.  As a Clinical Specialist in Equine Health, Dr. Spooner teaches courses in equine nutrition, exercise physiology, stable management, and horsemanship.  Dr. Spooner’s research interest focus on nutritional and exercise interventions to improve performance in the equine athlete.  Dr. Spooner also coaches the MTSU Stock Horse Team and Assists with the nationally-renowned MTSU Horse Judging Team.  In her spare time, Dr. Spooner judges for the American Quarter Horse Association, shows stock horses, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Grace. 


MTSU Horse Science Center
314 West Thompson Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37129


HSC 101

Phone: (615) 494-8849
Fax: (615) 494-8768



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