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They’re not ‘just horsing around’


Horse owners, enthusiasts and industry professionals who participate in ISU Extension’s Master Equine Manager program aren’t “just horsing around.” They’re serious about an Iowa industry that annually produces goods and services valued at $862.5 million. And they’re choosing Iowa State University certification or continuing education units (CEUs) and master equine manager status to set them apart.

The next Master Equine Manager program begins in eastern Iowa in February, said Dale Miller, ISU Extension education director for Marion County. “The program educates people on quality horse care and responsible ownership. Program instructors are experts in their fields and include academic, research and business professionals.”

So far, 45 people have graduated as master equine managers. Evaluations have been positive: “This is a nice way to get further education to understand the equine industry and be better able to relate with others in business.”

This article appeared in January 2007 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter