This program will provide a unique blend of transferrable college credit courses along with specific academic and hands on equine courses. This diploma will give students the introductory skills necessary for careers in stable management, horse training, horse judging, riding instruction or other related occupations. In addition, this program can serve as a starting point to a bachelor degree program in equine science, a pre-veterinary program or a pre-veterinary technology program. Students in this program may also wish to use it as a foundation for a lifelong equine learning experience as a horse owner/rider. Courses are taught at the M-State campus and at Red Horse Ranch Arena. RHRA is a world-class training/boarding/events facility located along the Ottertail River, 6 miles northeast of Fergus Falls. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice their skills at a busy, private equine business facility. This gives M-State's students a unique advantage when entering the job market they will possess a diploma that reflects a perfect combination of academic learning and real life application. For more on Red Horse Ranch, please visit them at http://www.redhorserancharena.com/.