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Christi Schweninger

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

Career: Schweninger is a groom and barn foreman at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. She helps prepare Thoroughbred yearlings to go to sale and start their racing career during the summer months. Every day the horses are checked for injuries, groomed, and exercised. Schweninger also helps escort horses to the swim pool or therapy barn, holds horses for the veterinarians and farrier, and shows horses to potential consignors and sale agents. Following the September sales, she assists with starting horses under saddle to begin their race training. Since the Thoroughbred industry is very seasonal, Schweninger transitions to the broodmare division for the winter and spring. During the past foaling season, she oversaw maiden and barren mares until they were confirmed in-foal and then served as a foaling assistant for the remainder of the season. Schweninger was recently trained as a laser therapy technician; she uses laser therapy per veterinarian recommendation to promote healing.

Internships/Working Student Experience: Schweninger 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. Schweninger 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, Schweninger 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.

Claim to Fame: You may have seen Schweninger in WVU ProjectMe, which highlighted her experiences and goals at WVU and beyond.

WVU Student Organizations: Schweninger 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.”