Charlene B. Cook, DVM
Owner & Founding Veterinarian
The daughter of an Air Force navigator Dr. Cook grew up in a military family where families are relocated on a regular basis. The family bounced from Georgia to Massachusetts to Montana & Colorado before finally landing in Georgia. A 1978 honor graduate of Warner Robins High School she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-veterinary medicine following three years of undergraduate work at the University of Georgia. After an early admission she completed her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1985. While in veterinary school Dr. Cook developed a special interest in reproduction and spent an externship in central Kentucky where ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis was brand new technology. She was also keen on pediatrics and spent a concentrated block with Dr. Susan White. Working her way through school she held a variety of part-time jobs; training horses for an Atlanta family, flipping hamburgers at McDonalds and large volume food preparation in Bolton Cafeteria at the University of Georgia. Following graduation in 1985 she was employed as an associate veterinarian in mixed practice at Houston Veterinary Clinic in Warner Robins. In 1988 she started her own business Central Georgia Equine Services, Inc., a veterinary practice devoted exclusively to horses.
Dr. Cook is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Georgia Equine Practitioners Association. Appointed by the Georgia State Veterinarian she served for three years on the Georgia Equine Advisory board. She was then appointed to serve on the Georgia Horse Council. Elected by the Georgia membership Dr. Cook served two terms on the board of directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder’s & Exhibitor’s Association and spent two years serving on the Breeders committee. In 1996 TWHBEA appointed Dr. Cook to serve on the Equine Viral Arteritis Working Group of the American Horse Council to develop guidelines for the control of this contagious virus. A long time member of the Georgia Walking Horse Exhibitor’s Association, Dr. Cook served several terms on the board of directors.
Married to Fred Cook since 1981 the couple combined their efforts to build CGES. Together they have been breeding, raising and showing Tennessee Walking horses for more than 30 years. In 2003 Dr. Cook’s hard work paid off as she won the English Trail Pleasure World Grand Championship at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration on her Amateur Owned and Trained mare, She’s Legal Tender. When she’s not working Dr. Cook would rather be riding but she is also rumored to enjoy gardening and snow skiing.
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Catherine L. Hall
Georgia native, Dr. Catherine Hall spent much of her childhood in Athens, GA, where she was first inspired by the grand columns of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hall began riding and caring for horses at an early age. She worked at a local stable with the hopes of buying her favorite mount, Polly. A frequent volunteer at her local veterinary clinic Catherine decided early on that she would pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1999 from Berry College, in Rome GA. While completing her undergraduate degree she gained valuable experience working at the beef and dairy cattle facilities. She also competed in western pleasure events for the Berry College Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Equestrian Team. Following graduation she returned to Athens where she worked at Mars Hill Animal Hospital, a small animal practice, for nine years as a veterinary technician. During this time she gained valuable skills in patient care and client service, which she remains devoted to today.
In 2005 Dr. Hall was accepted in to the class of 2009 at the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine. As a veterinary student she was active in the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. A familiar face in the Large Animal Teaching Hospital, Catherine worked as a member of the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Team and as a hospital treatment technician. During her fourth year of veterinary school, Dr. Hall selected the equine clinical track, which focused her studies in equine medicine, surgery, lameness, dentistry, and theriogenology (reproduction). She broadened her experience by participating in externships at Texas A&M Veterinary School and Cornell University. Following graduation Dr. Hall was accepted into the Large Animal Ambulatory and Theriogenology Internship Program at the University of Georgia. The year-long internship has given Dr. Hall a broad range of experience in equine (and food animal) medicine, surgery, and lameness. It has also afforded her the opportunity to pursue her special interest in equine dentistry and reproductive medicine, working with renowned specialists in the field Dr. Michael Lowder and Dr. Fayer-Hosken.
When not hard at work Dr. Hall enjoys spending time with her animals. She is particularly proud of her Quarter Horse mare, Sage, who recently had her first foal. Dr. Hall also enjoys trail riding and hiking. With tow dogs and five cats the entire Hall family is excited about the move to Central Georgia, and Dr. Hall is thrilled to join a high-quality equine practice in such a beautiful area.
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The love of horses brought Teresa Owens to CGES three years ago to work as our Secretary/Receptionist. Growing up in Ohio, Teresa started showing in lead-line classes when she was four years old with her sister Ronnie. Teresa and Ronnie were high point winners in their saddle club for three consecutive years. Teresa competed in 4-H with her Morgan/cross horse and in parade classes with her Hackney ponies. It was during this time that her family began raising and showing Morgan Horses on a Regional level. Teresa and her family moved to Warner Robins when she was fourteen and she continued showing her Morgan horses in Park classes. Teresa graduated from Northside High School and took on her toughest job as wife, mother and homemaker. Currently Teresa is a single mom raising 2 children: 8 year old daughter Taylor is already showing all the signs of “horse fever”. Her 18 year old son Cody is a graduate of Perry High School and attending college to pursue a coaching career. They have one cat named Ginger. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys going to Perry High School football games, reading mystery novels, collecting Breyer horse models, antique “browsing”, and watching football on television.
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The quiet young lady calmly holding your horse for examinations and assisting with procedures is Elena Rovell-Rixx. She doesn't talk much but you'll find a dry sense of humor under the quiet facade if you get her started.
Elena Rovell-Rixx was born and raised in the busy town of Gainesville, FL. There she started her equestrian career at the young age and has been hooked on horses ever since. As a young rider she worked with a local trainer showing in both English and Western classes. Elena loves to learn, as a teenager Elena participated in many clinics learning about natural horsemanship, equine nutrition and health to further expand her equine knowledge.
Her quiet, understated manner makes her a natural with both children and horses. While still in Florida Elena worked for as camp counselor for multiple trainers in the area, heading up their beginner camp programs during the summer and continuing teaching lessons after the summer ended. In May, 2009 Elena moved to Warner Robins, GA to open a local business with a co-founder. Elena holds an Associate’s degree in Business from Santa Fe Community College and is working toward finishing her degree online while working. When she is not busy with horses Elena enjoys reading, house-sitting, cooking something new in the kitchen, and exploring the back roads of Georgia.
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Rick Talbert CF
Rick is a certified farrier with the American Farriers Association. He owns and operates Talbert Farrier Services and is the staff farrier for Central Georgia Equine Services, Inc.
A 1997 graduate of the Auburn Horseshoeing School he served his apprenticeship with Herb Schneider CF who specialized in shoeing Dressage and Eventing horses. He then spent 9 years as the farrier for the Sarasota Polo Club in Sarasota, FL
An avid student Rick enjoys learning new techniques and the challenge of difficult cases. He frequently attends continuing education seminars including the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, the AFA National Convention, the International Hoof Care Summit, the FAEP Hoof Symposium, and the International Laminitis Symposium.
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