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Equine Management (Certificate)


Department Chair/Program Coordinator Contact Information: 

Department Chair: Steve Keith, skeith@nctc.edu, (940) 668-4217

Program Advisor:   Becky Terrell, bterrell@nctc.edu, (940) 668-7731 x4372

 

North Central Texas College is located in the heart of the horse industry of North Texas. The horse industry is a highly diverse industry that supports a wide variety of activities in all regions of the country. Of the approximately 9.2 million horses in the US, nearly 1 million of those reside in Texas. The Equine Science program at NCTC offers a great deal of hands-on experience in training, breeding and management, as well as classroom instruction on the science and business aspects of the horse industry.

Students not only work within the program but directly with many of the outstanding professionals and facilities in the area thereby gaining important work experience and contacts within the industry. The diverse student population encompasses individuals from many levels of experience, disciplines, and background including international students that come to study in the program.

The Equine Management Certificate curriculum focuses on the business and managerial aspects of running an equine facility, whether this is as a sole proprietor or for a public, working ranch, or private equine facility.  Coursework may also be applied to any of the other certificates offered as well as both AAS Degree programs. Some of the careers available to graduates include, Breeding Farm/General Farm Mgt., Vet Technician, Bloodstock Agent, Horse Show Manager, Sales Prep and Marketing, and a variety of related Industry Retail/Sales.

 In addition to formal academic instruction, NCTC Equine offers equine related extracurricular activities including Stock Horse, Judging, and IHSA Western Show Teams. These teams give students the chance to compete in an intercollegiate format that will contribute invaluable life lessons as part of their educational experience.  

NOTE:  This is a very rigorous program that requires a large amount of time, significant class loads, and additional lab and work experiences outside of regular course work.

Upon completion of the certificate:

1. Graduates will be able to propose managerial practices relevant to the equine industry

2. Graduates will be able to evaluate form to function regarding conformation, and performance of horses

3. Graduates will be able to utilize relevant computer programs commonly used in equine businesses.

Students pursing this certificate typically incur tuition and fee costs of $2,950.  Books and supplies constitute approximately an additional $770 across the entire degree.  Financing for this program may be available through scholarships, loans, and institutional financing plans. 

The program is designed to take 1 year to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.  This certificate is only offered in face-to-face delivery.


Certificate Requirements

Gainesville Campus

Graduation Requirements: A minimum of 25 semester hours is required for graduation earning the Equine Management Certificate.

First Semester

AGEQ 1411EQUINE SCIENCE I (HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT)

4 credit hours

AGEQ 1205EQUINE ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT

2 credit hours

AGRI 1309COMPUTERS IN AGRICULTURE

3 credit hours

AGEQ 1319HORSEMANSHIP I

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 1300ENGLISH EQUITATION I

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 1370LOCAL NEEDS - PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE RIDING I

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:12

Second Semester

AGEQ 1315HORSE EVALUATION I

3 credit hours

AGEQ 2311EQUINE SCIENCE II (ADVANCED HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT)

3 credit hours

AGCR 1441FORAGE AND PASTURE MANAGEMENT

4 credit hours

AGEQ 2310EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:13
A comprehensive program exam will constitute the capstone experience for this program. Students must pass the exam with a score of 70 or higher.

Total Credit Hours: 25