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If you're interested in a career in the horse industry,
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Equine ProgramsTHINKING ABOUT WHICH CAREER FIELD IS FOR YOU? But how do you know which program is best for you? Many colleges and universities offer equine programs, and some schools are focused solely on horses. Working with a guidance counselor, talking to people who work in the field you're interested in, or researching schools and programs on-line can help you find a school that fits your interests. To help get you started, we've gathered information on a number of programs. You'll find that each one offers unique hands-on opportunities that will help you work-and succeed-in the field of your dream



Outside of Silverton, Oregon, the campus is about one hour south of Portland.
  Contact info: Ren Bannerman,, (971) 239-1348.
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Number of students enrolled in equine program: Enrollment is limited to eight students each year because of the intense focus on ministry and horsemanship.
  Facilities: The 87-acre facility houses 70 horses and includes two barns, 53 stalls, two indoor arenas, one outdoor arena, two round pens, a schooling cross-country course, mechanical cow, dorms, and biblical and equestrian libraries.
  Certificates in: Canyonview Equestrian College is licensed by the Oregon Department of Education and gives a certificate in horsemanship ministry.
  Classes offered: At this two-year resident college, first-year students learn Western, hunt-seat and dressage, regardless of prior riding experience. Second-year students train a colt and specialize in either reining/working cow or combined training. Classes also include equine herd health, facility management and design, equine reproduction, and teaching techniques. Ministry classes include ministry and outreach, discipleship and spiritual dynamics of leadership.
  Do students bring their horses? Yes, though it's not required; space is available for boarding.
  Students gain hands-on experience through: Coursework, camp programs and an average of 15-plus hours of riding time weekly. This ministry-based horsemanship program teaches students to conduct safe and effective horsemanship programs as a tool of Christian ministry. The program is non-denominational and teaches the Bible verse-by-verse. Graduates are employed with trainers, boarding/training stables, guest ranches, Christian camps, veterinary practices and working ranches. They also work as CHA instructors or clinicians, or pursue additional schooling. This school is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.



The campus is on the outskirts of Riverton, Wyoming, a city on the banks of the Wind River in west-central Wyoming.
  Contact info: Call Patti Stalley at (307) 855-2289 or (800) 735-8418, ext. 2289.
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  Number of students enrolled in equine program: 50.
  Facilities: Indoor and outdoor arenas with two round corrals, 10 indoor stalls, 23 covered outdoor stalls and 33 outdoor pens. The arenas are also available for open riding for students between classes during the day, and during scheduled times on weekends.
  Degrees offered: Students choose from a variety of equine studies programs, ranging from an associate of applied science degree in horse management to an associate of science degree in horse science. There are also credentials offered in equine training technology, horse management, farrier science and riding instruction.
  Classes offered: English and Western horsemanship; individual studies in beginning to advanced classes in both English and Western; training; stock horse use and showing; showmanship and pleasure riding; and training for competitive events such as roping, barrel racing and pole bending. Also included are courses in farrier science, horse production, equine facility management, equine nutrition, equine event production and certified horsemanship instruction.
  Do students bring their horses? Yes. Students can board their horses at the equine center.
  Students gain hands-on experience through: Judging activities, horse shows, a variety of clinics and rodeo practices. The equine students put on a Jackpot Rodeo series each year, as well as roping and barrel clinics that are open to the public and geared toward youth.



  Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, about 90 minutes north of Denver.
  Contact info: (970) 491-8373
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Number of students enrolled in equine program: Approximately 400.
  Facilities: A football field-sized indoor arena with seating for more than 2,000 spectators, faculty offices, a classroom complex, outdoor arena, round pens, sheds and paddocks. An additional indoor arena houses 36 stalls, offices, a veterinary treatment area, tack and storage rooms, wash and grooming racks, farrier stations, and a classroom with an arena viewing area. The Equine Reproduction Laboratory is located nearby and shares equipment, personnel, classrooms and laboratory space.
  Degrees offered: A bachelor's degree in equine sciences; master's degrees in equine nutrition, equine orthopedics and equine reproduction, and a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine.
  Classes offered: More than 22 equine-specific classes, including equine disease management, equine sales management, horse handling, equine event management, foaling management, therapeutic riding, nutrition, behavior, production and industry, reproductive management, horse training, packing and outfitting, farrier science and judging.
  Do students bring their horses? Students don't use their own horses in coursework, but can use their own horses in some student clubs and teams.
  Students gain hands-on experience through: Coursework, extracurricular activities, clubs, teams and special projects such as the Legends of Ranching sale, the horse judging program, and the packing and outfitting program. Held in Fort Collins in April, the Legends of Ranching Sale gives students an opportunity to start young ranch horses in the fall and prepare them for the sale. They also participate in marketing, sale and special event management, gaining hands-on, practical experience.


  Location: Quincy, California, about 70 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada.
  Contact info: Russell Reid, department chair; contact Crystal Anderson,, (800) 442-9799, ext. 272.
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  Facilities: The equine studies facility's 12,000-square-foot building includes an indoor arena, student-boarding tack room and grain room, an outdoor arena, 55 horse stalls, three round pens, catch pens, pasture, a mechanical cow arena and access to thousands of miles of riding trails.
  Number of students enrolled in equine program: 60.
  Degrees or certificates in: Associate of science or certification in equine studies with a concentration in horse training, ranch skills, rodeo skills and pack skills.
  Classes offered: Feather River College's curriculum includes comprehensive coursework with intensive classes tailored to the student's concentration. Classes range from horse training and animal behavior to draft horse driving and rodeo production. Guest lecturers bring real-world experiences into the classroom and arena, and have included such noted horsemen as Bryan Neubert, Les Vogt and Jack Brainard.
  Do students bring their horses? Horse ownership isn't necessary. Students who do bring horses are able to board them at the facility and utilize them in courses.
  Students gain hands-on experience through: Daily riding and training classes; daily rodeo practice; internship opportunities in health care and reproduction; and general care of the college horses. The program's intensive approach gives students experience from the time foals hit the ground at Feather River until they're sold as riding horses. One highlight of the equine studies program is the annual Production Horse Sale, where student-raised and -trained horses from the school's breeding program are sold.


  Location: Lamar, Colorado, in the southeastern part of the state, about two hours from Pueblo.
  Contact info: Christina Lawson,, (719) 336-1580; Jason Kravig at (719) 336-6664,
  Web site:; click on "Degrees and Programs"
  Number of students enrolled in equine program: About 60.
  Facilities: This new facility includes an indoor arena, classrooms and offices, a demonstration lab, 92 box stalls, six tack rooms, two large outdoor arenas and 40 acres of riding space.
  Degrees or certificates in: Horse training and management, horsemanship/equine business management, and equine science are offered as two-year associate degrees; students can also choose a two-year certificate in advanced horsemanship, and a one year certificate in stable management or starting colts.
  Classes offered: Farm and ranch management, horsemanship, horse production, equine management, Western equitation, horse care and training, performance training, foal training, colt training and arena horse training.
  Do students bring their horses? Students may bring horses but aren't required to. Boarding at the facility is available only to students in the horse training and management program, and members of the rodeo team.
  Students gain hands-on experience through: Coursework and requirements. Every class is hands-on, with each student putting in two to three hours of riding daily, seven days each week. Students in the Horse Training and Management program spend the final 15 weeks as professional interns with trainers around the country.



  Location: Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore.
  Contact info: (800) 634-2811 or (580) 223-0064; fax (580) 223-0729;
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  Number of students enrolled in program: The school is equipped to accommodate 22 students. With three or more instructors, students benefit from small class sizes and personal attention.
  Facilities: OSHS's instructional building covers 7,100 square feet, and includes classrooms, an office, a forge and shoeing area, a welding shop and a supply shop. Each student is provided with a gas-burning forge while attending school. The school has a portable shoeing rig, forge, and anvil trailer for field experience and training.
  Accreditation: OSHS is licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Schools and accredited by ACCET.
  Classes offered: OSHS instruction consists of a six-week step-by-step basic horseshoeing course. During that time, students will learn horse handling techniques, anatomy of the horse's foot, how to shoe the straight and sound horse, corrective and specialized shoeing, forge-work, and advertising and business practices.
  Students gain hands-on experience through: Training with live horses only.  OSHS brings hundreds of horses through their program during each six-week course. Instruction is divided into 30 hours of classroom lectures by staff instructors on anatomy and corrective shoeing; 120 hours of practical horseshoeing-hot and cold-in the shoeing classroom; 42 hours of forge work; 48 hours of horseshoeing in the field (using the portable shoeing rig); and 60 hours of video and forge work. Students also learn to make plain and corrective shoes from bar stock, in addition to instruction in making specialty tools.


Location: Logan, Utah, 80 miles northeast of Salt Lake City.
Contact info: Dr. Patricia Evans,; (435) 797-2142.
  Web site:
Number of students enrolled in equine program: This new program currently has about 50 students enrolled.
  Facilities: A new equine facility-slated to open in the summer of 2010-will house more than 40 horses, with large indoor and outdoor arenas, turnout space, and more than 40 stalls, plus feed rooms, tack rooms, classrooms and office space. The university will be developing a breeding facility, as well.
  Degree offered: Bachelor's degree in equine science and management, a four-year program offered through USU's Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences Department.
  Classes offered: Riding fundamentals, horse production, stable management, equine evaluation, equine nutrition, equine behavior and training, horse management, wild horse behavior and a farrier course.
  Do students bring their horses? Students cannot house their personal horses at the university facility, but there are places within the valley that offer board.
  Students gain hands-on experience through: Classes, labs, special topics, the equestrian team, rodeo club and internships. Students also are actively involved in the daily management of the Equine Education Center and assist with extension programs across the state. This program offers a unique course in wild horse behavior, where students camp out with a herd of 100 to 200 head of horses in Utah's west desert. The herd's daily interactions and travels are monitored. As a senior level project, students visit a wild horse holding facility and choose a horse to gentle and train over the next year.





  Location: Walla Walla, Washington.
  Contact info: (509) 529-4402;
  Web site:
  Partners in Education: NIRA is college rodeo?s sanctioning body. The association processes the eligibility of students, requiring them to be in good standing, maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average with at least 12 academic credit hours each term. A student has six years of eligibility, and may compete in saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.
Past and Present: Just past its 60th anniversary, NIRA was founded in 1949 with 12 schools as charter members. Today, the association has 130 member schools and about 3,400 competing students.  
Scholarships: The NIRA Foundation offers scholarships once students become members, and member institutions also offer student scholarships for NIRA team members.
  Competition: Students compete within 11 regions. At the end of the year, the top three competitors and top two teams from each region qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo, which will be held June 13?19 this year in Casper, Wyoming. There are usually between 370 and 400 competitors at the CNFR each year.
  Benefits to a student's education: While students may go to college with plans of competing in rodeo because they love the sport, participation in NIRA and working to meet NIRA?s eligibility requirements often help them realize the benefits?and importance of?a college education. Students have gone on to pursue careers in all fields, from doctors to lawyers to professional riders. NIRA alumni include such greats as Roy Cooper, Chris LeDoux, Ty Murray, Tuff Hedeman, Dan Mortensen and many others. ♦