Kathryn “Katie” Eschete, a junior in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Science is from the small town of St. Francisville. Her love of horses started at a very young age when she began working at the GSLE Equine Center, Camp Marydale, where she taught troops of young Girl Scouts how to ride and care for horses.
“Although I originally came to Tech to study Pre-Veterinary Medicine, I soon realized that I wanted to work directly with horses to help change the lives of others through the horse,” Eschete said. “My mentor and advisor, Dr. Gentry, helped me see that there are many ways to be involved in the horse industry and to make a difference in others using horses. While studying at Tech, I have also been working at the Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center in Dubach, where I help teach lessons and work as a ropes course facilitator, lifeguard, and barn staff. I am currently working towards my certification to become a therapeutic riding instructor and plan to use that certification to help at-risk youth and anyone with physical or mental disabilities.”
Eschete also plans to continue her education by attending graduate school to study breeding and genetics. The encouragement that Dr. Gentry and her other professors have continually given her throughout her career at Tech has led her to want to one day become a professor herself.