Degree: B.S. Agribusiness Management & Rural Development, Equine Studies minor with an emphasis in equine management, May 2016
Career: Stokes is currently a Stud Hand at Arrowfield Stud, NSW, Australia. She works in the hospital and veterinary yards and is learning to correct and maintain lameness or conformational defects in young bloodstock and reproductive issues in broodmares. Before moving to Australia, Stokes completed the National Stud Diploma Course in Newmarket, England, a prestigious program designed to train future leaders in the Thoroughbred industry.
Internships: Stokes was the first equine studies student to intern abroad. She worked for one summer at Darley Kildangan Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland. She was able to make this connection by interning the previous summer at their farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
Claim to Fame: Stokes is the first student from WVU to be accepted and graduate from the 2016 National Stud Diploma Course with Distinction!
About Attending WVU: “I wouldn’t trade my time at WVU for the world. It encompasses everything you could ever want in a university and the equine studies courses have been pricelessly utilized within my career in the thoroughbred breeding industry. Get involved in the various equine organizations and take the optional summer classes like the Racehorse Industry Tour. I made friends for life and found my career path because of it!”