By Anna Meurer
Georgetown’s Equine Scholar Program is known nationally for its unique, professional-development focus and networking opportunities, drawing students from across the United States. This year, the program welcomed a new executive director, Chelsey Reid, to continue its tradition of excellence. A lifetime horse lover, Reid has been involved with horses since she was a child, from competing in hunter/jumper events to working for Equine Medical Associates as a sales coordinator.
Reid is no stranger to Georgetown College or the Equine Scholars Program, either. A 2010 History graduate, she participated in the program for all four years as an undergraduate. In fact, it was former director Jen Roytz that told Reid about the opening and encouraged her to apply. When asked why she thought she was a good choice for the position, Reid brought up her dual sense of familiarity and distance. She was already well acquainted with the program from her time as a scholar, but she says the few years away after graduation allowed her to hone her professional skills and see the program through the eyes of the wider equine industry. She believed that both elements made her an excellent candidate.
The interview committee agreed and chose Reid as the new director from a wide pool of applicants at the beginning of August. When she was offered the position, Reid says she felt immediately compelled to accept. “I felt like there was a light bulb moment and I saw it as an opportunity to give back to a program and a school that has given so much to me.”
And she’s wasted no time. A typical day for her starts before 8 a.m. and includes meeting with students, organizing events, researching potential internships, recruiting and forging new connections in the equine industry. Outside of the office, she’s just as busy with volunteering, representing the program at events and taking care of the college horse, Shadow. In fact, just this weekend she was at Lexington Catholic Equine Academy’s Polo Cup, where she won the tailgating contest with her Equine Scholars-themed set-up and she’s already signed up to volunteer at Masterson Station Park’s annual work day next weekend.
Speaking on her aspirations for the program, she said that her main goal this year is to “stabilize the program. I want to make sure the current scholars have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have all of their needs met.” In the future, she hopes to continue to grow the program, both in size and in networking, and enhance students’ experiences more.
When asked what it’s like to be back on campus, she said that it’s enjoyable because, despite the changes in the past few years, there “are wonderful traditions that haven’t changed.”