February 25, 2013
Alumna Michelle Heinz Aims High After Graduation(Painesville, Ohio) – Michelle Heinz graduated spring 2012 with a major in equine facility management and minors in Biology and Social Sciences. Currently, she is attending the University of Akron School of Law with the intention of graduating in 2016 as an environmental attorney with a focus on equine law.
Heinz has wanted to be an equine attorney since high school and decided to pursue a career in environmental law to put her on the right path to her dream job. Her greatest goal is to become the foremost expert in equine law, practicing in Lexington, Kentucky. Her specialization in environmental law will help her to get a feel for the legal scene when she graduates, and she hopes to work for the Ohio Farm Bureau, "helping farmers maintain their lifestyles while making sure that their animals are humanely treated and farm lands are not threatened.”
When Heinz is not in school she also works as an analyst at Cleveland Whiskey, LLC, the start-up distillery founded by Lake Erie College’s own Dr. Tom Lix. She interned at the distillery her senior year and now works there doing market research, developing databases and contact lists... and sampling the product! In addition to working at Cleveland Whiskey, Heinz also works at the Lake Farmpark, helping with the care of the horses and doing her favorite job, driving draft hitch teams around the park.
In addition, Heinz works in the summers as the barn manager and riding supervisor for a camp near Chardon, putting her facility management major to good use. Heinz also volunteers her time at CANTER Ohio where she completed an internship while at the College.
Heinz has also continued to develop her riding and training with her own two horses. She is working toward her goals of getting back into showing Arabians in Western Pleasure and taking her Thoroughbred to Wellington and Lexington for dressage shows. Heinz and her horses will be returning to the College this spring to compete in both the Winter Series and Prix de Ville dressage shows. She is hoping to put together a Low Division alumni team for the Dressage Prix de Villes.