LEXINGTON, KY (February 1, 2005) Thanks to the Equine Management Program at the Kentucky Horse Park, virtually anyone can obtain an entry-level position in the horse business. For those who have dreamed of a career in the equine industry but haven’t known where to begin, the Equine Management Program can be a great first step.
The program runs five days a week from March through August. Students spend part of their day in lectures and the remainder in caring for and learning hands-on skills with horses. As a work/study program, students assume responsibility for the daily care of some of the park’s horses. Best of all, when it comes to apprenticing on the equine corporate ladder, horses are generally nicer and far more forgiving than “The Donald.”
“Regardless of a student’s ultimate goals in the horse industry, there is simply no substitute for hands-on experience from the ground up,” said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “Whether his or her plan is to own a horse for fun or work toward obtaining a position at the highest level of the sport, our Equine Management Program will provide a wonderful beginning opportunity for education and experience.”
There are seasonal variations in the program. Late winter and spring involve breeding and foaling of the park’s mares, providing lessons in both normal and emergency birth situation. During the summer, students continue the training of the foals and assist with the daily Mare and Foal Show. In addition, students interact with park visitors. Recreational riding and training education opportunities with the Education Department’s geldings are available throughout the session.
Margi Stickney, Director of Education for the Kentucky Horse Park commented, “We have had students from around the world come to the park to participate in this program. Our goal is to offer a very well rounded introduction to horses and the horse business. It is our belief that this course provides invaluable assistance to our students on many levels. It’s a nice foot-in-the-door and a great addition to a resume. Besides that, our students have a lot of fun working with the horses and the public.”
In addition to lectures and working with horses, field trips to area equine facilities such as veterinary clinics, breeding sheds and training stables provide a look at other aspects of the horse industry.
The Equine Management Program class size is limited and fills quickly, so interested students should register immediately. For more information contact Education Director Margi Stickney at 859-259-4206 or 259-4263, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click on “education” at www.kyhorsepark.com.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the park hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.