We are excited to announce that our friend Adam Daurio has been named the Director of Administration for Colorado State University’s Temple Grandin Equine Center.
The Temple Grandin Equine Center (TGEC) will focus on integrating education and research in equine assisted activities and therapies, and will be supported by a collaboration of three colleges at CSU. TGEC will be the very first university based program of its kind and is poised to revolutionize animal-assisted therapies. For more information about TGEC, visit www.tgec.agsci.colostate.edu.
Daurio has been part of the equine assisted activities and therapies industry for the past ten years, first as a consultant and board member, then as the Executive Director of the SaddleUp! Foundation in Parker, CO from 2010 to 2014. During Daurio’s tenure at SaddleUp!, the charity grew to the largest recreational therapy provider in the state; employing more than 20 staff members, utilizing a 200 acre ranch, providing community service for more than 500 volunteers per year, and serving more than 150 sessions of therapy per week to individuals. Daurio and his wife, Jennifer, also chaired the charity’s annual fundraising event in 2014, the SaddleUp! And Pack Your Bags, A Denver Suitcase Party, which under their network and promotion raised almost a half million dollars for SaddleUp! Daurio and his guild made SaddleUp! a well-known and local charity favorite in the Denver area. Visit www.saddleupfoundation.org.
Daurio is also an accomplished attorney. From 2004 to 2010, Daurio worked for the law firm Montgomery Little & Soran, and his practice included agricultural law, real estate and business law, general contracts, non-profit organization, and western lifestyle consultation. Daurio received two undergraduate degrees in Agricultural Extension and Economics, from Colorado State University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming Law School.
Daurio, originally from Pueblo County, has experienced a rich and diverse rural upbringing, which set a strong tone for his continued participation in many agricultural, equestrian and western organizations. Daurio is the Vice President of the Colorado State Fair Foundation, a member of the board of directors for the Colorado Horse Council, and a member of the Development Committee for the National Western Stock Show.
Daurio enjoys showing quarter horses in western all-around, reining and cowhorse events, as well as being an avid boot camp and crossfit fitness participant. He lives in Parker with his wife Jennifer, their two dogs and five horses.
We wish Adam the best of luck in his new position!