Equestrian Alumna Now VP of Equine Affaire
Coagi Long ’03
B.S. Equestrian Studies, Business Administration (Marketing)
Career: Vice President, Program Director & Fantasia Coordinator for Equine Affaire
How do you think your education at UF prepared you for your career?
My UF education was a perfect fit for my career at Equine Affaire. I started as a marketing associate and later transitioned to the program department. My background in business and marketing, coupled with equine expertise comes into play daily as I analyze potential clinicians and performers, monitor industry and business trends, and incorporate efficiency in our event production procedures.
Did any certain experience or faculty or staff member inspire you?
I was inspired by my business entrepreneurs’ class in which we had the opportunity to meet with established professionals industry and discussed their respective careers and business practices. The University of Findlay essentially did help me find my career path, as I identified the job opening with Equine Affaire via the University’s job postings board.
What do you like best about your job?
My favorite part of my job is the opportunity to combine my passion for horses with my business background and communication skills into a career that allows me to positively promote education and strive to unite the equine industry.
What is your most memorable moment at Findlay?
There are so many that stir a range of emotions! Some of the most vivid memories include moving into my first dorm room and saying good-bye to my family as a freshman, celebrating three IHSA national championship titles, and the daily student routine with early mornings and riding lessons or team practices at the barn and business classes on campus in the afternoons and evenings.
What advice do you have for students making their college decision?
- Start your college search early. I started visiting colleges in my sophomore year of high school, which allowed me time to carefully review each option and make a fully-informed decision.
- Look for a college that fits you – do you feel most comfortable in a big institution or smaller campus setting?
- When selecting a major, try to identify something you are passionate about while also providing yourself options for a future career. Select a major that can be versatile, coupled with a specialization.
- Make each day count! Strive to do your best all the time; you never know how it may pay off in the future.
- Welcome change if it feels right.