Dr. John Byrd|
Dr. John attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
He received the Illinois Standardbred Breeders award as the student most interested
in Equine Medicine as a junior. Dr. Byrd was selected in 1977 as the first large
animal medical resident at the University of Florida.
Dr. Byrd began training, and showing horses in pleasure & reining for his father
while in grade school. Following graduation he continued to train and show horses
for 2 years until entering college. During college Dr. Byrd became interested in
Running Quarter Horses and for 22 years has bred, owned, and raced horses in IL,
Fl, CA, ID. NM, OK, OH, and IN. During the 13 years he practiced equine medicine
in California he was ex-officio member of the board of directors of the Pacific
Coast Quarter Horse Racing Assoc. as well as that organizationís official sales
veterinarian. He also served frequently as the official veterinarian for horse
shows sponsored by the management of Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa,
Becky is the person you are most likely to speak with when you call Horsemen's Laboratory.
Becky and Dr Byrd were married while he was attending pre-veterinary medical school. She was
his assistant and ran the office for him during his days as a general equine practitioner
and understood the needs of horse owners. She manages the office of Horsemen's Laboratory
as well as Westbrook Stable. Becky and Dr. Byrd met on a trail ride and have owned horses
for over 42 years.
Dr Byrd and Becky built Westbrook Stable in 1973 as a Quarter Horse breeding farm where they stood 3
stallions and breed 40-50 mares a year. They moved to Florida in 1977 and returned to Westbrook after
Dr Byrd completed a veterinary residency in 1979. Dr Byrd and Becky again left Westbrook in 1980 and
moved to California where Dr Byrd worked as a general equine practioneer until their return to Westbrook
in 1992. They have maintained a boarding stable since their return.
Throught their developement of Westbrook Stable as both a breeding facillity and boarding stable
they have become very familar with and understand the frustration that internal parasites (worms)
can cause horse owners.