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Cassie Younginer 

Professional Title: Equine Specialist, Zoetis
Age: 30
Home: Greenville, South Carolina

“As a lifelong equine enthusiast, I am beyond blessed to have dedicated my life to the horse. My family owned a large boarding facility that I helped manage and care for while in school, and began my training career. I graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Animal Health & Veterinary Sciences with a concentration in Equine Business. While at Clemson, I was Secretary and High Point Rider for the Clemson University Equestrian Team and Vice President of the Clemson Collegiate Horseman’s Association. During this time I worked under a cow horse trainer starting colts and finessing the skills of advanced horses. After Clemson I accepted a position to work under David Miller & Scott Jones of Showstring, a nationally recognized successful AQHA program. Texas was a long way from home, so I returned to South Carolina and worked under an AQHA all-around trainer. I soon realized there was an opportunity for me to directly impact the health of our horses and those who care for them, so I pursued my current position at Zoetis which I have held for over 3 years. I work alongside equine veterinarians in The Carolinas to provide better care for our beloved horse.”

Vision for the future of women in the Western industry: They say behind every great cowboy is a great cowgirl, and it’s time she gets her place in the front. I make a monthly effort to do community outreach to promote our wonderful industry, including speaking at and sponsoring 4-H/FFA events and local rodeos. In doing so I have established mentor-mentee relationships with young girls interested in pursuing and continuing a life in the western industry. Some of my mentees have gone on to land riding and educational scholarships, careers in animal health, managing large farm facilities, and becoming Agriculture teachers themselves. Women in the Western Industry truly have no ceiling, and with female leaders and role models like Amanda Kimes, Martha Josey, Michelle Tidwell, and Fallon Taylor, we have a wonderful trail ahead of us. I foresee women continuing to become the face of the western industry, CEO of the ranch, and the best trailer backer upper around. 

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