Meet our Spring 2019 KEMI Interns
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Meet our Spring 2019 KEMI Interns!

Every fall and spring, the farm takes on one or two interns through the Kentucky Equine Management Internship.  Meet the interns who will be taking care of our 2019 foals:


Kaitlyn Murphy

Hometown: Hughesville, Maryland

            I have been around horses my entire life from the time I started riding when I was six. I originally did not know that I wanted to go into the equine industry. However, after I started looking at colleges and realized they had Equine Science programs available, I immediately knew I wanted to study Equine Science. Therefore, I went to Pennsylvania State University – University Park where I graduated in December 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Science and Equine Science minor. During my time at Penn State, I worked at an Eventing barn called CTP Equestrian, participated in the Penn State Equestrian Team, and foaled out mares at the Penn State horse barns. I loved foaling out mares in college, so I knew I wanted to get more experience! Therefore, when I heard about the spring session of the Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI), I knew I wanted to apply.

            I have some background with Thoroughbreds from working at the eventing barn and riding; however, I did not know much about the Thoroughbred industry before KEMI. As a result, I am very excited to learn more about all aspects of the industry from training to breeding to foaling. I believe this internship will be a very rewarding experience, and I can’t wait to see and experience many new things over the course of the next six months. My favorite part of the internship so far has been seeing the birth of the first foal. It is an incredible process that I am so grateful to be a part of and can’t wait to see more foals be born over the coming months!


Kathryn Heath

Hometown: Incline Village, Nevada

I am excited to learn about the Thoroughbred Industry as a whole and everything it takes to run a farm. I do not know a lot about the industry, so being able to be a participant in the KEMI program and open many doors into the industry makes me very excited to learn and take away what I have experienced through the internship throughout my life and career. By being here during the foaling and breeding season I will be able to experience my first foaling which I am looking forward to most along with going on breeding shed runs. This internship will be such an eye-opening experience and I can’t wait to see what these next few months bring.

My favorite part of the internship so far has been seeing the application of teasing and how it correlates with what the vet is ultra-sounding and evaluating. It is very interesting to me to see the change in behavior of these mares and how they act around the teaser with the correlation of their follicle sizes and what stage they are in in their cycle.

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