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Christi Schweninger

Christi with mare and foal 

Degree: B.S.Agr. Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Equine Studies minor with an emphasis in equine management, May 2016

Career: Christi is the Assistant Broodmare Manager at Stonestreet Farm. She oversees the matriarchs and maiden mare division. Her responsibilities include assisting the reproduction veterinarian, monitoring the health of pregnant, maiden, barren, and retired mares, and managing a staff of foreman and grooms. The overarching goal of her job is the achieve and maintain pregnancies that lead to healthy foals. Christi also coordinates feeding programs, hoof care, medications, and treatments using the Horse Farm Management software program. She started her career in the Thoroughbred industry at WinStar Farm where she worked yearling sales and training before becoming a broodmare division foreman. She supervised foalings, was responsible for mare and foal care, and assisted veterinarians in this role. Christi is grateful to have started her career at such a high caliber operation right after graduation and has earned her way into a management position on a farm with a world class team and top quality mares.

Internships/Working Student Experience: Christi was a working student at the JW Ruby Research Farm, home to the WVU Horse Unit, for two years where she gained valuable hands-on skills. She spent her summers working with off the track thoroughbreds destined for the show ring, as well as job shadowing thoroughbred breeding farms in her home state of New Jersey. Her senior year, she also participated in the Ireland Horse Industry tour; visiting global Thoroughbred farms like Coolmore and Darley solidified her intent on making a career in the racing industry.

WVU Student Organizations: Christi was a member of WVU Collegiate Horseman’s Association where she helped with fundraisers, food stands, and even wrote a segment for the national newsletter about her experience on the Ireland Horse Industry Tour.

About Attending WVU: “I was really homesick when I first came to WVU, so the best advice that I can give is that if you are feeling that way, stick it out. Make yourself stay for the first semester at least, make friends, and stand out in class. One of my professors who knew I was struggling with homesickness wrote “stay here for four years so we can get you hired.” There is something for everyone here, you will meet people who care, and once you find your niche, you will always want country roads to bring you home.”