NYTB presents annual Nielsen & Malloy Winkler scholarships Friday at the Spa

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Mrs. Joanne Nielsen, second from left; Margaret Goodale, center (Coglianese Photos)

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) presented its two annual scholarships, the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship and Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarship, in the Saratoga winner’s circle after the second race on Friday, July 19.

Established by Mrs. Joanne Nielsen to honor her late husband Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. and by Mrs. Vivien Malloy to honor her late daughter Debby Malloy Winkler, these $5,000 scholarships recognize a full-time student enrolled in an equine-related course of study at an accredited college or university in New York State. The scholarships are intended to foster the education and development of individuals who show the promise of making make a positive contribution to the thoroughbred industry in New York and beyond.

Receiving the 2019 Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship was Margaret (Meg) Goodale. A rising fourth-year student at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020, Goodale grew up in Groton, MA and graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonberg, VA, with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She has been dedicated to horses since a young age.

At Cornell, Goodale has served as vice-president and president of Cornell’s student chapter of AAEP, headed Cornell’s student team of night and weekend large animal surgery technicians and maintained a position for over five years in a Regenerative Medicine Laboratory. Getting her professional career off to a head-start, Goodale has co-authored six research papers on stem cell research and related subjects and presented at a half-dozen conferences.

After graduation, Goodale plans to complete an equine private practice rotating internship involving sport and racehorses followed by a large animal surgery residence with a focus on lameness as well as orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.

Goodale said, “As the recipient of the NYTB Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship, I am committed to thoroughbreds as a breed as well as the racing industry in New York. I believe that with the public scrutiny currently facing the sport, the role of veterinarians is as important as ever. I aspire to help these athletes have illustrious careers on the track and provide them with therapies that allow for success in transitioning to other disciplines.

Mrs. Nielsen and Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, made the presentation.

Mrs. Vivien Malloy, far right; Lindsey Seewald, second from right (Coglianese Photos)

Receiving this year’s Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarship was Lindsay Seewald, who will begin her third year at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. A graduate of Duxbury High School in Duxbury MA, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 2016 with a major in Chemistry. She is already excelling academically at Cornell, earning the Phi Zeta Award in 2019 for the second-year veterinary student with the highest grade point average.

Seewald’s’ primary background is in the hunter-jumper world, where she has worked with off-the-track thoroughbreds as they retrain for a new discipline. She was also the captain of the Varsity Equestrian team at Dartmouth. At Cornell, Seewald has worked as a research assistant in projects investigating new biological therapies for post-traumatic osteoarthritis, including as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP) and stem cells.

“I am incredibly grateful to be this year’s recipient of the Debby Malloy-Winkler Scholarship,” Seewald said. “I truly appreciate the support of the Malloy Family and NYTB and I think their support of students pursuing equine careers sets a wonderful example for the rest of the equine industry. This gift will alleviate some of the financial burden associated with achieving my dream of becoming an equine sports medicine practitioner, allowing me greater flexibility in the externships, internships, and other educational experiences I choose over the next few years.

“I look forward to embarking on a career centered around horses and I hope that I’ll be able to give back to the thoroughbred breeding community in the future.”

Mrs. Vivien Malloy and Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, made the presentation.

Previous recipients of the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship:

2018 Lauren DeGennaro (read more)
2017 Rachel L. Hilliard (read more)
2016 Cassandra Cromer (read more)
2015 Tate Morris (read more)
2014 Kaitlyn Douglas (read more)
2013 Allison Tuchrello (read more)
2012 Jacqueline Pino (read more)

Previous recipients of the Debby Malloy Winkler. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship:

2018 Rudy Weitze (read more)
2017 Ella Mariah Pittman (read more)
2016 Natasha Tarnawa (read more)
2015 Courtney O’Connell (read more)
2014 Nicolina Foti (read more)

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