Degree: B.S.Agr. Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Equine Studies minor with an emphasis in equine management, December 2015
Career: Goodwin is currently a photo handler for the Budweiser Clydesdales at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis, MO. Her daily responsibilities require basic horsemanship skills, such as grooming, mucking stalls, and presenting the Budweiser Clydesdales to the public for daily photo ops. The Anheuser Busch Brewery is a tourist attraction so Goodwin is surrounded by the public which requires a high level of guest relations and communication skills. Her goal is to secure a position on one of the three traveling hitch teams.
Internships: Goodwin worked diligently to build a resume full of work experience that would land her a hands-on job in the equine industry. She worked for two years as a nursing assistant at Virginia Tech’s Marion DuPont Equine Medical Center over academic breaks. She was able to work along side some of the top equine clinical and surgical doctors. Following this experience, she completed a two-year internship at Smitten Farm, in The Plains, VA. Smitten Farm is an all inclusive, Thoroughbred breeding and racing farm, where she was exposed to every aspect of industry. Her responsibilities included broodmare management, yearling sales prep, two year olds in training, rehabilitation, as well as horses in training at the track.
WVU Student Organizations: After transferring to WVU in the fall of 2013, she joined WVU Collegiate Horsemen’s Association. Goodwin credits Collegiate Horsemen’s with for providing many opportunities including new friendships, exposure to varying equine disciplines, and finally confidence! She served as the treasurer and attended the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association national convention for two years where she honed her networking skills within the equine industry.
About Attending WVU: “My time in Collegiate Horsemen’s was invaluable and was a key component in helping me land great internships, as well as post-grad jobs! The greatest thing about WVU is that there truly is something for everyone. It allowed me to grow and connect in ways that I did not know possible. Get out and explore everything that WVU has to offer, pursue your passions, and talk to your advisors. Every single staff member at the university is there on your behalf and wants to see you succeed, use them! I am so thankful I made the decision to be a Mountaineer!”