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ARPAS is an acronym for American Association of Animal Scientists, an independent certification program for animal industry professionals by species. ARPAS provides certification of animal industry professionals through examination, continuing education, and commitment to a code of ethics. Certification by ARPAS involves species specific training (equine, in the case of Triple Crown employees), a certification test that involves all aspects of equine physiology and nutrition, and requiring annual CEU (certified education credits) to maintain proficiency and membership. Once passed, it allows the ARPAS member to place either PAS or RAS behind their name. Both signify that all the criteria was passed, it just indicates the type of undergraduate education. It is the goal for all Triple Crown sales and customer service employees to pass the ARPAS certification. It is not easy and members of ARPAS or not, we all continue to go through extensive equine training each and every year.
Our sales and customer service goal has always been customer focused and we want to provide the best, most informed and current answers to your feeding questions. ARPAS helps to focus on that goal and provide proof to you, the customer, that we have achieved a higher level of knowledge and excellence than most of our competitors.
Dr. Bill Vandergrift, equine nutrition consultant for Triple Crown Nutrition, formulated the prestigious Triple Crown Nutrition feed line; he is also the founder of EquiVision, Inc. EquiVision is an international equine nutrition consulting company working with clients in North America, Ireland, England and Japan. Dr. Vandergrift obtained his PhD in animal nutrition from Texas A&M University in 1980 and then held a teaching and research position at the University of Georgia from 1981 until 1984 where he taught courses in Principles of Nutrition, Vitamin Nutrition, Feeds and Feeding, and Horse Production. From 1984 until 1992 Dr. Vandergrift worked as Director of Equine Nutrition for regional and national feed companies.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Vandergrift has helped his clients sell weanlings, yearlings, and 2 year olds for more than a million dollars, win Olympic medals, the Japan Derby and all three legs of the Triple Crown. Dr. Vandergrift is a licensed trainer and actively participates in thoroughbred racing. Dr. Vandergrift and his wife, Janice, own and operate EV Farm, LLC in Versailles, Kentucky; a full service broodmare boarding and sales prep facility in addition to promoting the EquiVision line of specialized supplements. Recently, the Horse Journal named EquiVision’s Equine Nutrimix as the “standout product” among all the equine vitamin/mineral supplements on the market and Triple Crown supplements as the best diet balances on the market.