Annual career fair unites college students, equine industry



PHOTO: Matt Barton, UK agricultural communications specialist
Lexington, Ky.

The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its fifth annual UK Equine Career Fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. EST March 5 in the E.S. Good Barn on the UK campus.

The event provides college students the opportunity to meet prospective equine industry employers and to learn about potential volunteer, internship, part-time and full-time employment opportunities. In addition to booths from area equine businesses, attendees can also participate in sessions led by industry professionals, who will offer tips and one-on-one career advice.

“We are excited to host UK’s fifth annual equine career fair. This year’s fair promises a great lineup of businesses, industry professionals and students from all over,” said Elizabeth LaBonty, lecturer and internship coordinator in UK’s equine science and management undergraduate degree program.

The event is free and will offer college-aged attendees the chance to visit local equine business and organization booths. Informational sessions will allow participants to explore opportunities related to pharmaceutical sales, graduate school, alternative equine therapies and jobs within the Thoroughbred industry. Pizza will be served.

Confirmed participants include Alltech, American Saddlebred Horse Association, Animal and Food Science Graduate Association, Central Kentucky Riding For Hope, Darley Flying Start Program, Gluck Equine Research Center, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Keeneland, Kentucky Equine Management Internship, Kentucky Equine Education Project, Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Horseshoeing School, Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass, Makers Mark Secretariat Center, New Vocations, North American Racing Academy, Paulick Report, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Taylor Made Farm, UK Ag Equine Programs, United States Equestrian Federation and Woodford Equine Hospital.

Students and potential employers who would like more information about the UK Equine Career Fair may contact Elizabeth LaBonty at 859-257-2226 or email equine@uky.edu. For more information about UK Ag Equine Programs, visit http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/.

Contact: 

Elizabeth LaBonty or Holly Wiemers, 859-257-2226

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