Karen Berk, a Cleveland Ohio native, founded Equine Reproduction Services in 1994. ERS is a worldwide mobile lab and reproduction facility dedicated to advanced technologies in horse breeding. The lab’s capabilities are: Stallion collection, Semen Freezing, Semen Evaluations, Shipping, Storage, Artificial Insemination, Phantom Training, Troubleshooting, Lab and Tech training, Consulting and Clinics. Soon added will be Embryo transfer and frozen embryos and storage.
Karen received her certification and training at Ohio State University, Colorado State University, and veterinary apprentice programs. Karen attended the 2002 International Reproduction Symposium in Solvang CA, and works under the auspices of numerous vets in the United States, Central and South America. She is also a member of the International Association of Equine Practitioners, IAEP.
2011 has been a banner year for Karen and ERS. The conclusion of the International Korean frozen semen project to develop a riding horse program for the country, reached a successful conclusion. ERS is the first to get frozen semen passed with the Korean Customs Authority. 18 months of team work between the governments, Dr. Cory Miller of The Equine Medical Center of Ocala, Dr. Y. S. Lee of Dail Scientific Trade Incorporated, Seoul and Karen Berk’s facility and stallion team, will produce the foundation stallions of the new Korean breeds. To read more of this journey, go to Global Encounters, The ERS Korean project.
Teaching, clinics, writing and judging fill in the remainder of Karen’s time. Karen’s Articles have been published in 3 languages and in more then 18 Equine magazines. The University of Vermont uses them in their teaching program. Judging for 26 years helps to keep her up with current trends in the industry. While public speaking at venues such as Equitana, The Carolina Classic, and seminars keeps her in touch with the heartbeat of the public. ERS Clinics throughout the country have brought a wealth of reproduction information and hands on training directly to small and large breeders alike. Veterinary representatives from countries such as Turkey and Venezuela have spent time at ERS learning Karen’s techniques in Cryogenics.
Additional accomplishments in Karen’s career include; Founder of the Riding for Handicapped program in Orlando Florida, 1998 Founder of the Women’s Equine Network, Board of directors of Russian Heritage Breeders, President 2 years of Florida Pony Breeders Association, Producer and Host of Horse $en$e TV, Keynote speaker at ABRACAM Congress, Brazil, On Import/Export equine semen, Top 5 rider at World Cup Invitational 1989, Trainer of Champion Arabian Horses including Region 12 Champions and Reserves, Plus Sweepstakes Champion, Board of Directors of The Russian Heritage Arabians, & represented the US at the Ptersk/ Holland Sale at DeHartog’s Kossak Stud in Amsterdam, the head of public relations for the equine department of a Fortune 500 company, and last, but not least, mother of Brian, Brandon and Justin, Grandmother of Kaili, Dakota and Jie.