Earn a college degree in equine studies.
Educational opportunities for the horse and equine industry.
Schools and organizations that specialize in horse related education.
and horse related education programs.
There are several
college programs devoted to equine related fields. Students can
earn degrees in Horse Farm Management, Thoroughbred Management, Equine
Behavior, and Riding Instruction just to name a few.
Both paths of study may be enhanced by some very special educational opportunities.
The RTIP offers an
exchange student program with the University of Limerick's International
Equine Institute located in Limerick City, Ireland. Qualified students
will have the opportunity to live in the heart of the Irish horse industry
while furthering their studies in all areas of equine management and
The Kentucky Horse Park offers an equine management program that runs five days a week from March through August, with students spending part of their day in lecture and the remainder in caring for and learning skills directly with horses. As a work/study program, students assume responsibility for the daily care of the department's horses and rotational weekend duties as necessary.
There are seasonal
variations in hands-on experiences. Late winter and spring involve breeding
and foaling of the Park's mares, providing lessons in both normal and
emergency birth situations. During the summer, students continue the
training of the foals and assist with the daily Mare and Foal Show.
Recreational riding and training education opportunities with the department's
geldings are available throughout the session. Field trips to area equine
facilities such as veterinary clinics, breeding sheds, and training
stables provide a look at the various aspects of the horse industry.
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The program will also
provide career mentoring and internship opportunities for recipients
of the scholarships to be provided by industry professionals and volunteers.
Placement assistance may be provided and information on availability
of graduates will be disseminated to industry employers.
Established over twenty years ago, The Taylor Made Intern program is an 18 month course set up to provide those individuals that are interested in the Thoroughbred business with an entry point to begin learning on a day-to-day basis many aspects of the thoroughbred industry. The intern will be taught skills ranging from basic animal husbandry and herd health to sales preparation and the development of young horses. The Farm is situated in the heart of the thoroughbred capital of the world in the Bluegrass of Central Kentucky allowing Taylor Made to provide each intern opportunities to experience different facets of the thoroughbred business. Each individual will be able to develop and hone his or her horsemanship skills during their tenure at Taylor Made that will prove as invaluable tools in that individual's future endeavors in the horse trade.
The Intern Program is open to both residents and non residents of the United States and has attracted over its' twenty years students from around the world. Since its’ inception graduates have gone on to become champion trainers, farm or sales agency owners, farm managers, veterinarians, bloodstock agents and sales company representatives. Wherever in the world you find thoroughbred horses and a successful farm, breeding or training operation you will find a Taylor Made Intern Program graduate.