CLEARFIELD -- Clearfield High School student Erika Nicole Mueller has won a $1,000 award for her project to help treat sport horses' injuries.
Mueller was presented the award May 15 by the American Veterinary Medical Association at a conference in Phoenix. Her project was titled: "Optimal Equine Balance: Application of Biophysics to Assess and Reduce Equine Injury."
Mueller's study explored a common fatality in sport horses resulting from the fractured second phalanx bone.
Her research, using high-speed cinematography to capture and analyze the motion of the second and first phalanx bones, offers a new method of substantiating a horse's predisposition to this injury, officials said.