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Return Trajectory

August 31, 2020 Jim Warner

The Equine Industry Program welcomed two alumni back for Fall 2020 to teach as adjuncts in the program. Amy Lawyer, PhD (2006), works at the University of Kentucky in their Lexington Equine Extension office, lectures in UK’s Animal Science and Equine Studies programs, and is teaching an Equine Leadership class. P.J. Anthony (2008) is an Operations Manager at Amazon and is teaching an Equine Operations and Management class. 

UofL: What’s something unique or interesting you’ve done post-college?

Amy: Since college, I have bought, raced, and sold many thoroughbreds. None of which have been overly successful, but enough to keep me in the industry. I also have two children, Joe Brack (8), and Tyson (3).

P.J.: Upon graduation, I was accepted as one of 12 individuals from around the world to join the Godolphin Flying Start Program, where I spent two years learning about the global racing industry while living and working in Ireland, England, Australia, and Dubai.

UofL: Why did you come back to teach the specific class you’re teaching?

Amy Lawyer, PhD

Amy: Leadership, in general, is a hot topic currently. People are starting to realize that just because someone is in a leadership position, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are an expert in decision making, coordinating people and organizations, or handling emergencies. The study of leadership principles is needed in all disciplines. I am glad that I can take my leadership training to help students apply those principles to current issues and the organizational structure of the equine industry.

P.J.: I always had an idea that I wanted to teach at the college level. I was extremely interested in coming to UofL to teach in the Equine Industry Program as it is my Alma Mater and deals with an industry I love. I wanted to be able to use my experience to teach students about equine operations and how they operate on a day-to-day basis.

UofL: What’s something you’ve learned since graduation that will translate well to the classroom?

Amy: I have learned just how important it is to understand basic business principles in the horse industry.  There are numerous people who are exceedingly talented horsemen/women that lack business skills and end up struggling in their careers.  

P.J.: There is never a straight path in your life or career, and you need to adjust to adversity. I always wanted to work in the horse industry but left it for a bit due to minimal opportunity. I was able to keep a positive attitude and eventually get back to the industry that I love. I can spread this experience to my students to let them know to never stray from their dreams, even if things don’t go as planned

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