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Equine Club & Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team

 Curriculum Description                Curriculum

The Equine Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students for positions within the horse industry.  The curriculum is management oriented, preparing graduates for the widest range of available equine jobs; areas of specialization may be pursued during a summer internship and co-op program.

Farm management, breeding, nutrition, selection/judging, and health are covered in detail; training, teaching, and riding are also included.  Students are assigned a horse and practice day-to-day management at the college's equine facility.

Martin Community College is the only community college in North Carolina that offers this program.

Students may pursue an Associates Degree, Diploma, and Certificate.  Students interested in furthering their education may transfer their course work into the Bachelor of Arts in Equine Studies at Midway College in Lexington, Kentucky.  Students interested in transferring should consult with their advisor, the college counselor, and Midway College as they plan their course schedule. For more information click here.  For complete program requirements and information, please see the current MCC Catalog by clicking here.

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Careers                                                                     Careers

The equine graduates' wide spectrum of knowledge suits them for jobs with many different types of equine operations. Typical entry-level positions include:

Assistant Breeding Farm Manager
Assistant Trainer
Barn Manager
Equine Equipment Salesperson
Pharmaceutical Salesperson
Riding Instructor
Tack Salesperson

The summer Co-op program provides students the opportunity to work in the horse industry and expand skills in his/her area of interest.  Past Co-op experiences have included summer riding camps, private farms, and training operations covering all breeds and equine areas of employment.

The Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, situated approximately one mile from campus, provides a premier horse show and events facility with stabling for 300 horses and indoor seating for over 2400 spectators.  Students have significant opportunities to work part-time and gain valuable hands-on experience working large professional horse shows.

Career planning and placement assistance is offered by the college and the Employment Security Commission.  Click here for more information.

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  Facility                                                            Equine Facilities

Martin's equine facility includes a spacious 40 stall main barn with breeding lab, wash racks, and tack rooms. Two stalls in the main barn can be converted to foaling stalls. The lighted indoor arena with seating for 1000 is 120' x 220' and the outdoor arena is 160' x 230'. In addition, there are covered and lighted round pens, as well as 15 acres of permanent pasture and several turn-out areas. 20 stalls are available for student boarding. See Special Fees
below for boarding information.

Martin Community College, with it's picturesque 65 acre main campus located in Williamston, the center of northeastern North Carolina, provides a convenient setting for commuting students.  For information about the college and directions, click here.

The college does not provide dormitories but referral housing is available through Student Services.  Students who have come to MCC from across the state and country have found affordable rooms, apartments, trailers, and houses to rent within driving distance to the college.  For more information on available rental property contact the Office of Student Services.

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  Faculty                                                         Faculty/Advisors

Tammi Thurston
(Advisor for all Equine students)
Program Director
B.S. Equine Studies, University of Findlay

Kimberley Kane
Instructor, IHSA Coach
B.S. Equine Studies, University of Findlay

Mary Huffman
Barn Manager


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  Equine Club &                          Equine Club and IHSA Team

The college's Equine Club is very active and provides students with opportunities for participation in campus activities and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association or ISHA Team. For more info on IHSA visit the association web site at www.ihsa.com. The Equine club assists the college's Foundation in it's annual Rodeo and fields an ISHA team that competes against St. Andrews College, UNC Chapel Hill, and other colleges.

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