Degree: B.S.Agr. Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Equine Studies minor with an emphasis in equine management, May 2017
Career: Cayton currently works as a groom for Spy Coast Farms in Lexington, Kentucky. She assists in breaking and training young hunter/jumper prospects for future sales and competitions on the “A” circuit. Cayton is responsible for checking training horses daily for abnormalities, grooming, tacking, and preparing horses for the trainers. She also manages the farrier schedule, assists with veterinary calls, and rides as needed.
Working Student Experience: Cayton was a working student at the JW Ruby Research Farm Horse Unit her junior and senior years. She assisted with the daily care of the horses, assisted with beginner riding lessons and hands-on labs, and helped maintain the facility. Cayton also gained experience performing mare checks, foaling, and preparing horses for sale in this role.
WVU Student Organizations: Cayton was an active member in WVU Collegiate Horseman’s Association where she helped with fundraisers, food stands, and attended equine educational events. While in school, Cayton traveled to Kentucky for club events like national convention and Road to the Horse which put Kentucky on her list of places to pursue her career after graduation.
About Attending WVU: “The Equine Program opened many doors for me to pursue my dreams when I thought it was impossible. It also gave me valuable knowledge and experience that prepared me to be successful in the horse industry. College is a time to make lifelong friends, memories, and find the path you want your life to take. Whatever that may be, don’t ever hold back because Mountaineers Go First!”