MCC's Noncredit Equestrian Certificate


Are you thinking about a career in the equestrian world?

Take The Horse Course 101 and 102, Horse Handling and Grooming, Stable Management and Equestrian Internship and receive a noncredit Equestrian Certificate from Metropolitan Community College. Graduates will be introduced to prospective employers.

The Horse Course 101

Are you a horse enthusiast? If you are new to horse ownership or interested in pathways to careers with these amazing creatures, this is the course to get started. This introduction course to horses will touch on many of the important topics in order to keep a horse happy and healthy. Students will learn about anatomy, nutrition, health and care of the horse. Guest speakers will present on various careers in the equine industry and discuss their background, training and experience. This course includes one field trip to a local farm for hands-on experience. Student of all knowledge bases are welcome. Instructor is Shana Winkel. 

Location: Elkhorn Valley Campus, 829 N. 204th St.
Course Code: ANIM002A 
Day: Tuesday    
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Dates: Jan. 22 - Feb /19     
Price: $100

The Horse Course 102

Prerequisite: The Horse Course 101, placement into Horse Course 102 or approval. Students unable to attend Horse Course 101 or with previous knowledge of horses will have the chance to test into Horse Course 102.

The Horse Course 102 will build upon the topics learned in Horse Course 101 and dive into greater detail regarding special topics in horse health and care. A continuation of the discussion about a variety of careers will occur, as guest speakers will be invited to present and answer questions on topics within their area. Instructor is Shana Winkel. 

Available Spring 2019

Horse Handling and Grooming

Prerequisite: The Horse Course 101 and 102

Dive deeper into the topic of equine grooming. Explore topics from routine equine care to the full-time professional grooming job that is required at active competition/training stables and at competitions. The course will consist of classroom type discussions, live demonstrations, and hands on experience. We will touch on typical grooming equipment and techniques, discuss the potential career paths that are associated with professional grooming, and explore other practices and responsibilities of a competent groom. (There will be no class on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31)
Location: Quail Run Horse Center, 22021 W. Maple Road, Elkhorn, NE
Class code: ANIM033A     
Day: Monday     
Time: 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.     
Dates: Dec. 3 - Jan. 14
Price: $100

Stable Management

Prerequisite: The Horse Course 101, Horse Course 102 and Horse Handling and Grooming

Stable management will dive into the scheduling and business side of things in the equine world. As an optional course for the equine understanding certificate, numerous topics will be covered in what is takes to run a barn. Topics will build off subjects covered in The Horse Course 101 and 102, but also new topics such as liabilities and scheduling will occur. Students will be encouraged to attend this class if they are interested in the behind the scenes care of a successful competition barn. 

Location: Elkhorn Valley Campus, 829 N. 204th St.
Class code: ANIM032A
Day: Mondays
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.     
Date: Jan. 28 - Feb. 25
Price: $100

Equestrian Internship

After the completion of the equestrian courses, students may apply for a forty-hour internship. 

Note: Payment is due at the time of registration. Any class marked with an asterisk (*) is no discount.