An overview of various equine associations related to breed, discipline, and common interest with an emphasis on career opportunities.

Description:   There are more than ninety recognized breeds in the United States. There are also multiple breeds and riding/driving disciplines or styles. Some examples include English, western, dressage, saddle seat, competitive trail, reining, cutting, barrel racing, roping, racing, polo, rodeo, pleasure, carriage, and driving industry. Many of these breeds or disciplines are represented by local, state, national, and international associations.

Proximity to Horses: Varies

Specific careers related to associations:

  • Administration/leadership (may be elected and unpaid at the more local levels; generally paid, competitive application process at the national and international levels)
  • Development (fundraising)
  • Event coordination
  • Fiscal management
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Marketing
  • Publications
  • Public relations
  • Registry work
  • Staff
  • Storeroom clerk
  • Youth Coordinator

Preparation Required:

The type of preparation required is dependent on the specific position. Some positions require only a high school education while others require highly specialized degrees. Some degrees that might be required for specific positions include Business, Accounting, Communications, Marketing and legal and veterinarian certification.  In addition, employers generally look for potential employees who are willing and able to learn, research to find answers, and excellent customer service skills. Some positions require travel.

Educational Opportunities:

Educational seminars and opportunities for growth are often offered for both paid and volunteers in associations. 

Partial List of Related Associations and Other Links: