February 20, 2017

Lucile Vigouroux has been named the Spring 2017 Equine Student of the Semester by the Centenary University Equine Studies Department. The award is given out each semester to a student who demonstrates exceptional abilities, interest, and/or compassion in horsemanship. Lucile exemplifies the principles and standards of both Centenary University and what is expected in the equine industry, and has shown exceptional dedication to her care horse Claire. In a time while Claire was recovering from injury, Lucile went above and beyond to keep her happy and comfortable.

Lucile was born in Paris, France, and moved to the United States with her family as a ten year old. She earned her first riding lessons in exchange for work at a farm in California, and later worked her way up to showing her trainer’s horse in the equitation and jumper rings. Throughout high school, she developed an interest in natural horse care and natural horsemanship and independently studied these subjects.

As a sophomore at Centenary, Lucile has been able to immerse herself in equine science. She plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies, with concentrations in both Equine Science and Equine Business Management. In addition to her studies, she is a work study veterinary assistant to our resident veterinarian Dr. Jesslyn Bryk-Lucy. She is also a member of the Hunter/Jumper team, where she is able to show Centenary horses in USEF rated competitions. Outside of school, she works as a veterinary hospital technician at B.W. Furlong and Associates.

Upon graduation, Lucile has aspirations to be a veterinary technician, certified in equine massage. Her long term goals are to open “Chestnut Pine Farm,” a natural horse boarding facility based on the “Track Paddock system,” and to one day be a professor of Equine Studies. We cannot thank Lucile enough for her hard work and dedication to our program, and her care horse Claire. These kind of efforts will get her very far in the equine industry, and her hard work has not gone unnoticed by faculty and staff!