An overview of various equine associations related to breed, discipline, common interest with emphasis on career opportunities.
Description: There are more than ninety recognized breeds in the United States. There are also multiple breed 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 associations at the local, state, national, and international levels.
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
- Public relations
- Registry work
- Store room clerk
- Youth coordinator
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 as well as legal and veterinarian certification. In addition, employers generally look for potential employees who have a willingness and ability to learn, ability to do research to find answers and excellent customer service skills. Some positions require travel.
Educational seminars and opportunities for growth are often offered for both paid and volunteers in associations.
Partial List of Related Associations and Other Links:
- American Association of Equine Practicioners (AAEP)
- American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (AAEVT)
- American Miniature Horse Association
- American Horse Council
- American Paint Horse Association
- American Quarter Horse Association
- American Youth Horse Council
- Harness Horse Youth Foundation
- Kentucky Equine Education Project
- National Thoroughbred Racing Association -
- Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
- United States Dressage Federation
- United States Equestrian Federation
- United States Eventing Association