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KEMI is Now Accepting Applications for the Fall 2019 Session

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The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) Program is now accepting applications for the Fall of 2019 session.  Dates for Fall 2019 are June 17 - November 29, 2019.  Applications are…

KEMI announces Spring 2019 interns

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The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) is pleased to welcome 32 interns for the Spring of 2019 session: Brandi Bahr – University of Wisconsin, Platteville Bailey Bales – University of…


Kentucky Equine Management Internship

The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program is dedicated to improving the opportunities for college students wishing to pursue an interest in the field of equine management. KEMI offers a comprehensive educational experience for students enrolled for academic credit through a sponsoring college or university, or for recent graduates of such institutions. Through the internship, students integrate academic studies with practical experience, leadership and responsibility as a contributing participant on a Central Kentucky horse farm. Aside from farm commitments, students are introduced into a network of equine professionals representing multifaceted careers in the equine profession. During the first week of the course, students participate in Orientation activities as a group. After the first week, students are employed full-time by participating farms where they become familiar with the day-to-day management of horses on commercial thoroughbred farms. On area farms, a typical full-time work week is 48 hours per week with one day off. In most cases, students work hands-on with horses, however some farms may also assign responsibilities associated with record keeping, veterinary care or farm maintenance. At least one night each week students meet as a group for a classroom lecture, laboratory exercise or demonstration.
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Meet Chelsey Hintze, 2013 spring intern for WinStar Farm. Many of the KEMI interns come to do the internship directly after college. Some already come with the basic knowledge of how to care for a horse, but the thoroughbred world is a different experience and fine tuning those skills are necessary. Chelsey explains just how much she appreciated the way the KEMI internship built her a stronger work ethic. She says, “KEMI is truly the foundation that helped me get to where I am today. The experience I gained while working at WinStar not only taught me skills I was lacking in regards to raising Thoroughbreds, but affirmed that Kentucky and this industry is what I wanted to be my life’s work. To this day every time a new foal is born it’s like Christmas morning to me, the adrenaline from those moments never gets old. KEMI is where I first had the chance to fine tune my abilities, especially in regards to foaling mares.
Not only did I gain valuable work experience, but I formed professional and personal connections with so many incredible people. People that I still turn to for advice and support to this day, the program absolutely helped me form life-long friendships. KEMI truly changed my life, and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.”