Andrea Kocher

Andrea Kocher

  • Instructor of Equine Science and Equine Extension Specialist
  • Undergraduate Adviser

Areas of Expertise

  • Equine Science
  • Youth Equine Education
  • Equine Management
  • Horsemanship


  • M.P.S. Animal Science, Penn State University, 2012
  • B.S. Animal Science, Penn State University, 2004

Andrea is an equine extension specialist and Instructor of Equine Science at Penn State's University Park campus. She holds a Bachelor's and Masters Degree from Penn State in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Science.

Andrea's youth extension programs focus on supporting the PA 4-H Horse Program through curriculum development and programmatic implementation. She also develops state 4-H horse curriculum and reference materials for youth, leaders, and county staff. Andrea also assists with the development, coordination of educational programs, horse shows, judging contests, clinics and seminars. The major youth extension events that she is involved with include: State Days Horse Judging Contest, 4-H Animal Science Camp, State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride, Horse Quiz Bowl at Ag Progress Days, PA State 4-H Horse Show and the Junior Horse Championship Show.

Andrea also develops, directs and assists with educational programs including Winning Ways horsemanship clinics and Ag Progress Days Equine Educational Program and the Penn State Horse Show Judges School. Andrea prepares and presents educational programs on equine use and management throughout the state as well as collaborates with equine industry groups and breed organizations

As part of her department contributions, Andrea teaches undergraduate courses in introductory equine production and management; currently assist with production, merchandising, and equine industry issues and careers courses. She advises and assists students in academic and career planning and job placement as well as recruits prospective students and promote university's equine programs. Andrea also serves as the co-adviser to the Collegiate Horseman's Association at Penn State(CHAPS) student club. 


The pattern of thoroughbred growth is affected by a foal's birthdate
Livestock Science, Kocher, Andrea, Burton Staniar, W., 2013