The Board of Directors for the Hoof Project Foundation (HPF) consists of horse owners, veterinarians, researchers, and educators. These individuals, representing various aspects of the industry, have come together to help solve the problems that hoof disease causes for horses and their owners.
David Hood is a research veterinarian who has studied and treated horses with hoof disease for more than 35 years. As the Executive Director for HPF, Dr. Hood is the contact for any questions regarding its efforts and funding.
Kathy Hildebrandt has been a horse owner for many years. She enjoys riding, parades, showing horses, and has won the Reserve National Champion in hunter pleasure on several occasions. Her decision to be involved with HPF came after seeing a friend’s show horse suffer the pain of Laminitis.
Sherry Morgan is an equine practitioner in New Mexico. As the owner of a horse who suffered from hoof disease, she understands how hard laminitis can be on horses and their owners.
Dennis Jenkins is a large animal veterinarian in Santa Fe, Texas, with a focus on equine care.
Kay Jenkins is the practice manager at Dennis Jenkins’s clinic Santa Fe, Texas. Dennis and Kay joined the HPF board in 2011.
Sam Monticello was one of the founding board members of the HPF. A 1964 graduate of the Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine, he was involved in large animal practice, primarily equine medicine and surgery, until 1998. He later joined the faculty of McNeese State University in the Department of Agriculture, where he taught nutrition and equine courses. After his retirement, the University honored him in 2019 with the title of Professor Emeritus for his exemplary service.
Sam has since stepped down from the board of the HPF, but we remain thankful for his contribution to this effort. His dedication and expertise helped propel the foundation forward, and we will be forever grateful for his selfless service.