This summer, six
West Virginia University students got an inside look at the Thoroughbred and
Standardbred racing industries during an intensive, week-long travel course offered
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
Designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the horse racing industry, the Racehorse Industry Tour gave students the opportunity to visit breeding farms, sales facilities, race tracks, veterinary hospitals and connect with WVU alumni working in the industry.
“This course gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the industry, the job opportunities within it, and allows them to network with industry professionals,” said Crystal Smith, teaching associate professor of animal and nutritional sciences. “Meeting WVU equine studies alumni who work at some of the best farms in the country allows current students to ask candid questions, gain valuable advice on skills needed to be marketable, and helps them realize a career in the industry is attainable if they have the work ethic and passion.”
Beginning at a large-scale breeding and racing facility in Pennsylvania and ending at the prestigious Churchill Downs in Kentucky, the tour allowed students to learn more about internship and employment opportunities within the industry.
“On this trip, we met with internship program coordinators and were given the opportunity to ask questions and get a better idea of what it takes to get in and what they’re looking for in their interns,” said Samantha Osborne, a senior animal and nutritional sciences major from Walkersville. “If I hadn’t gone on this trip, I might not know about the variety of jobs available in the industry.”
Highlights of the trip included learning about stallion management from one of the first female stallion managers in the industry, a tour of Keeneland which is home to America’s largest sales company specializing in Thoroughbreds, and watching horse races at Churchill Downs.
“Watching the races added a whole new perspective to what the trainers, jockeys and farm staff do to get the horses to where they are,” said Jill Eberlein, a junior marketing major from Staten Island, New York.
West Virginia University’s chapter of the Collegiate Horsemen’s Association
recently raised $800 for equine disaster relief and captured first place in the
American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association inaugural philanthropy challenge.
As a member of the national nonprofit organization, WVU’s chapter saw an opportunity
to have a positive impact on the equine industry, opting to donate funds raised
to the United States Equestrian Federation Disaster Relief Fund.
West Virginia University
alumni prepare for the next stages of their collegiate careers, they can breathe
a little easier knowing they have some financial support as recipients of scholarships
from the H.E. “Doc” Kidder Memorial Trust.
The trust provides students in the
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design with thousands of
dollars for each year of their post-baccalaureate instruction.
Tiffany and Robby Bellissimo are graduating as a married couple today (May 10)
from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
Hannah Schantz, an agricultural and extension education major, is the 2019 Outstanding
Senior for the School of Design and Community Development.
To create a well-rounded college experience, the Fallston, Maryland, native took
advantage of several teaching, research and service opportunities.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The son of a
West Virginia University alumnus is honoring his father's legacy as cattleman
and educator by making a planned gift to The Emery L. “Bud” Prunty Memorial Scholarship.
Tom Prunty recently named the WVU Foundation and his father's scholarship the beneficiary
of a life insurance policy as a planned gift.
Kinsey Reed, a dual major in applied and environmental microbiology and animal and nutritional sciences, is the 2019 Outstanding
Senior for the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences.
As she prepares to graduate, Reed, a Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, native is looking forward to working with Rivendale Farms in in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
“Rivendale strives for excellence by combining natural,
sustainable farming with innovative techniques and technology,” she said. “I’m
excited to get hands-on experience with a farm on the forefront of agricultural
innovation and technology.”
Reid Croft, an
energy landmanagement major from Morgantown, is the 2019 Outstanding Senior
for the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.
With a keen interest in the oil and gas industry, Croft quickly found a home in the
energy land management program.
If you ask about her most meaningful experience as a West Virginia University student,
Antinone will tell you it was
being named Ms. Mountaineer in 2018 in front of a packed Milan Puskar Stadium.