Rider on horse.

Equine Management

The horse industry in the United States is a growing, dynamic sector of agriculture with a broad spectrum of jobs expanding within the industry. The Equine Management program is designed to provide the students with the basic skills and background knowledge necessary for entry level employment as trainers and assistant trainers in the horse industry.

Students applying to the program must go through an oral interview and a practical riding test before admission to the program is granted. These are scheduled between November and March of the year prior to admission into the program. We suggest that the prospective students apply to NJC first, and then try to schedule a campus visit along withtheir interview and riding test.

In NJC's horse training portion of the program, freshman students are assigned young horses that have already been started. Many of these horses have already been through our colt starting class here at NJC.  The second semester of the freshman year and both semesters of the sophomore year, students will start and train a young horse themselves. These young horses are sent to us from a large geographic area as well as members of our local community.  We treat our program as if it were a training facility.  Our students are responsible for general care of their assigned horses on a daily basis including billing and any health care that is necessary.  We are proud of the great reputation of our colt starting program.  This reputation allows us to continually provide quality horses for our students to advance their skills. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Kirkbride)

Our two year program provides students access to the business, economic, technical and general education classes necessary to become competent managers. Practical experience is provided in many of the classes as well as the internship portion of the program.

It is very important to us here at NJC that we provide a positive internship experience.  We try to direct our students to an internship sponsor with a great history and a strong background working with students.  In many cases these internship opportunities result in long-term employment.

Equine Science - Industry

Equine Science - Science