Wendy Davis, Director of the Race Track Industry Program, is also a graduate of this unique program based at the University of Arizona. Prior to being named director, she served as one of the associate coordinators of the RTIP for many years.
In addition to the oversight responsibilities of the Program, she is the advisor for the RTIP students as well as an instructor or co-instructor for a number of equine and racing-specific courses including: Introduction to the Animal Racing Industry, Race Track Marketing and Media Relations, Animal Racing Laws and Enforcement, Advanced Animal Racing Laws, Development and Management of the Racing Animal, Form and Function of the Equine Athlete, the Joe Hirsch Speaker Forum and the RTIP Capstone course.
Davis is also very active on a number of curriculum-based committees within the university: including the University of Arizona Undergraduate Council, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Curriculum Committee, School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Equine Steering Committee as well as the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Scholarship and Curriculum Committee.
She also serves on a number of national equine boards and committees including the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (executive board member), the Jockey Club’s Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit’s Education and Licensing Committee, the National Animal Interest Alliance and the American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth Committee.
Davis is very active in a number of educationally-based racing programs including the coordination and conduct of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program schools and the American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth Racing Program held at the AQHA Challenge Championships each year.
Davis raises a few thoroughbreds for the commercial yearling market each year and also stays involved in other equine activities. She’s competed at the national level with a number of equine breeds and in various disciplines - most recently in the open hunter/jumper and Arabian sport horse circuits and “crewing” for top finishing horses in the Tevis Cup (a 100 mile horse race completed in less than 24 hours). In 2012, she was the year-end national high point amateur rider for the Arabian Horse Association.
Being a Tucson native, it’s not surprising that Wendy’s other passion is Western Art. She’s a board member of the Mountain Oyster Club and also on their Executive Art Committee; a long-time board member and immediate past president of the Friends of Western Art and currently serves on the FWA/Amerind Foundation liaison committee. She thoroughly enjoys “living” the Western lifestyle when helping friends work cattle on their XX Ranch southeast of Tucson.