Degree: B.S. Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Equine Management minor, May 2013
Career: After graduating from WVU, Hamilton worked at the WVU Organic Research Farm as an Agricultural Technician for over a year. Her responsibilities included daily care and management of the sheep flock and maintaining health records. She learned valuable management skills in this position and it was the stepping stone she needed to launch her own business. In September 2014, Hamilton founded Rose Creek Riding Center, LLC, a riding facility offering western riding lessons to beginner to intermediate students. She manages all aspects of the business including record keeping, scheduling, advertising, as well as the daily care and management of the lesson horses.
Claim to Fame: Hamilton is the first certified Western riding instructor in Preston County, West Virginia. She was credentialed by the Certified Horsemanship Association, a nationally recognized organization focused on developing riding instructors that make lessons safe, effective, and fun.
WVU Student Organizations: Hamilton was the Treasurer of WVU Block & Bridle Club for 3 consecutive years (2010-2013), and Treasurer of WVU Collegiate Horsemen’s Association for 2 consecutive years (2011-2013). Her responsibilities as treasurer for both clubs included bi-monthly financial reports, purchase of inventory for fundraiser and activities, and applying for additional financial support through sponsorships and grants.
About Attending WVU: “When I started into the Equine program at WVU, I had full intentions of going to veterinary school. However, I fell in love with the Equine program and changed my pathway my junior year of college. Thanks to the courses provided through the minor, I was able to receive the essential knowledge needed to start my own equine business. The courses in this minor covered everything from the daily management and nutritional needs of a horse to setting up a business plan and financial reports.”