Applications Now Being Accepted for Fall Professional Horseman's Course - Deadline July 15

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June 15, 2011--Enrollment applications are now available for the Fall 2011 Semester of the Kentucky Horse Park Professional Horseman?s Course. The course will be held from August 15 to December 16, 2011.

The Kentucky Horse Park?s Education Department offers a unique and hands-on educational opportunity unequalled by other equine schools. Students will have the opportunity to study and work with more than 30 breeds of horses residing at the Kentucky Horse Park while acquiring the knowledge and skills to launch a productive career in the equine industry. This program challenges students with daily hands-on practical interaction with horses in a variety of different environments, health issues and training levels, as well as broadens their overall level of equine understanding.

Classes and practicum work in stable management, anatomy and physiology, reproduction, marketing and career development all compliment the hands on side of the program to ensure a well-rounded education. Students will also receive an introduction to - and be able to interact with - breeding practices, and disciplines of carriage driving, racing, and World Equestrian Games disciplines. Former student Heidi Bruner from Indiana commented, ?My expectations for this course exceeded everything I could ever imagine? and former student Amelia Clyatt from California stated, ?The opportunities that have arisen and the knowledge that I?ve gained has literally changed my life.?

Through a comprehensive curriculum and small class size, which ensures adequate hands-on and individualized learning experiences, students will be prepared to seek entry level work or advance their current position in the industry upon graduation. Eighty-percent of the Spring Semester graduates achieved full time employment in the equine industry within two weeks of completing the course.

Applications must be received by the Kentucky Horse Park no later than July 15, 2011, for fall enrollment consideration. To apply please contact Sheila Forbes at 859-509-1441 or Sheila.forbes@ky.gov for more information or to receive an application by email or mail.