The Realization for the need of a service company such as EquiMedic USA, came about when the Baker children were active in youth rodeo. Owners of injured or sick horses on the rodeo grounds ended up coming to the Baker trailer for emergency medical supplies. Sometimes it was people too. It was a shock that equestrians could go down the road ill-supplied to care for their equine partners. When Baker packed her son off to college, at South Dakota State University, with two horses, to compete on the college rodeo team, she packed them their own equine first aid kit. It was shortly thereafter she realized the need for a reputable supply and design of equine first aid kits and products.
Sharon Baker, CEO
The Black Hills of Western South Dakota:
EquiMedic USA is the corporate creation of mother and daughter team Sharon Baker and Kelsey Baker. This team carries on a multi-generational family tradition of equine involvement that tracks across this great country since early family members came to the United States from Europe.
Sharon Baker is a graduate of Kansas State University, Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota. She holds degrees in Agricultural Journalism, Home Economics, Animal Science and Agricultural Leadership.
As the corporate founder of EquiMedic USA, Inc., Sharon Baker, CEO, has enjoyed a professional life time of involvement in both the livestock production industry, and livestock health fields. She was professionally involved with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, and eventually as the Marketing Director of a nationally based genetics company, owned by a veterinary group. Baker has served the livestock and equine industries in Minnesota as a Governor appointee to the State Board of Animal Health; retiring after two terms as President. Email Sharon
Kelsey Baker, CFO
Kelsey Baker, youngest of the Baker siblings, is a graduate of South Dakota State University, with degrees in Agricultural Journalism, Advertising and Agricultural Business. She is the Chief Financial Officer of EquiMedic USA, Inc., bringing her life passions in the horse industry to her role at EquiMedic. Kelsey grew up in the horse industry, active in 4-H, FFA, Little Britches Rodeo Association, High School Rodeo Association, and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
Kelsey is a roper, catching heels and horns as a Team Roper at either end, but maintaining her strongest passion for calf roping as a Breakaway Roper. Kelsey also raises purebred Pemberton Welsh Corgi's, tri-colors, specializing in the recessive trait of black heads (Diamond K Corgi's @: www.diamondkcorgis.com). True to her Midwest heritage she trains her own rope horses, as well her dogs, as outstanding cattle handlers. Kelsey was also an outstanding high school and collegiate hockey goalie as well. Kelsey still functions at the goalie position with the men's hockey league in Rapid City, SD. Email Kelsey
Dr. Richard K. Norton, DVM
Truly a family effort, Baker’s brother, noted Equine Practitioner, Dr. Richard K. Norton, DVM, of Lincoln, NE, is also involved with EquiMedic USA, as a technical consultant and advisor. Dr. Norton maintains an active equine practice in eastern Nebraska while remaining involved with his three industrious daughter and staying active in his church. Dr. Norton has also been the veterinarian of record for the Lincoln Pioneer Park where he takes care of the health needs of herds of deer, elk and bison.
A graduate of Kansas State University, Dr. Norton returned to eastern Nebraska, his families roots, working for a practice there during his intern years. He then served the United States Air Force in several posts as a military veterinarian. Following his departure from the Air Force as a Captain, Dr. Norton began his single man practice, specializing in horses, near the south edge of Lincoln. His practice includes breeders, professional equestrians, weekend warriors, and all horse lovers. He vets a number of horse events at the famed Lancaster Event Center, host of many equine events, and Dr. Norton's county fairgrounds.