College launching horsemanship program

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

Vance-Granville Community College is beginning a horsemanship program at its Warren County Campus.

The program will train individuals seeking jobs associated with the horse industry, such as groomer, handler, farrier, ranch hand and positions at racing or boarding facilities.

The Comprehensive Natural Horsemanship Program will consist of four courses offered by the college’s occupational extension department.

The first course, “Horsemanship I: Understanding, Communicating & Bonding with a Horse,” will start Aug. 14 and run through Nov. 22. It is a prerequisite to the three subsequent courses. If there is sufficient demand, the course may be offered a second time in spring 2015.

Debbie Glanz will serve as instructor.

The classroom component will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Warren campus. Classes will cover horse anatomy, physiology, nutrition, tests, vaccinations and the philosophy of horsemanship.

A lab component will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Rockin’ E Ranch in Warrenton and Keats Point Farm near Kerr Lake.

Students may bring a horse but are not required to do so to participate in the program.

The cost of the course is $185.25.

Registration cam be completed online at vgcc.edu/oex.

For more information, call (252) 738-3300.