Every other summer for the last decade, Equine students spend 10-14 days abroad on a trip that immerses them in the horse industry of a different country. This summer, students spent 11 days in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay where they experienced first-hand the similarities and differences between the U.S. and South American horse industries.
Adjunct Professor Michele Fischer, an alum of the Equine Industry Program at UofL, led the student trip along with EIP Coordinator Terri Burch. Michele used her international experience to work very closely with the tour company to enure that every stop on the trip tied into topics that students learn about in the equine program.
One of the most remarkable things was everyone that hosted us, they spent so much time with the students and with the tour. What blew us away was even though it was a group of students, they had three course meals prepared, special rooms for us at the track, and they were genuinely glad that we were there to learn. At every location we visited, they were really interested in what our program was about and showing us as much as we wanted to see. One of many examples of this was our visit to Palermo (racetrack) for one of their largest racing days of the year. Ignacio Pavlovsky, who is a veterinarian, board member, and vice president, met us at the entrance, took us up to our room, and spent some time with us. From a business standpoint, looking at the challenges that the South American racing industry may face, while they may be slightly different from what we see in the United States, they’re similar in many ways. Whether it be sports betting, casinos, attracting people to the races – those are all common themes… Being able to see those similarities as well as the differences was so valuable for our students.
As (student) Lee Lenkoff said, “the thing that strikes you throughout the whole trip is just how much they love the horse in Argentina…Everyone was passionate about horses – whether it was the polo groups or the racing, [or] the breeding, they were very passionate about what they were doing and the care of the horse.”
对于大二的Hailey Jaggers来说，这些11时代改变了她对自己职业道路的看法。 “我没有去参加[赛车]旅行，但在旅行结束后，我想了解更多有关比赛的信息。 我离开了Majestic Oaks Hackney Farm和Hermitage Farm的Thoroughbreds一起工作。“最终，Hailey想继续旅行，感觉她的马学位会给她这些机会。 “我想从事市场营销工作，并对赛车可能带给我的地方感到兴奋。”