Michael Bednarek is assistant manager of the Equine Rehabilitation Center. A Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), his experience in the equine industry spans more than 40 years training and breeding horses through his business, Bednarek Quarter Horses, Inc., located in Jamesville, N.Y. He also shows horses in halter, western and English pleasure, western reining, trail, hunters and jumpers, showmanship, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation.
Mike holds five judge cards in AQHA, PHBA, IBHA, NRCHA and NSBA, and is one of only three judges in New York state qualified to judge any Quarter Horse class. His equine career is decorated with numerous awards, including training a world-champion halter and showing or training several of the top 10 Quarter Horses in the nation.
His judging accolades include the Gulf Coast Circuit in Florida in 2009 and the largest novice Quarter Horse show in the world in Canada in 2010.
Mike shares his knowledge and expertise outside of the local arena as regional director of the National Snaffle Bit Association and also serves as a member of the AQHA Professional Horseman’s Association.
Prior to working at Morrisville State College, Mike was an adjunct faculty member at Cazenovia College, in Cazenovia, N.Y., where he also coached the Western IHSA Equestrian team.
Mike attended Canisius College and holds an associate in science degree in veterinary technology from Medaille College in Buffalo.