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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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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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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