Isothermal Community College

Polk Center

Groom Elite and Equine Sciences Continuing Education Classes

CAREER TRACK: EQUINE SCIENCES

Start your career off on the right hoof, so to speak!

Introduction to Equine Management Level l

Formerly known as Groom Elite 99, this course will introduce students to horse handling, horse behavior and basic care. This class is a prerequisite for Equine Management Level ll. This class takes regular field trips to barn locations in the greater foothills area.

*Financial aid opportunities may be available for qualifying students, contact (828) 894-3092 for more information.

Date: Mondays/Wednesdays September 14 - 21
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  12 hours
Course Fee: $70.00
Location: Polk Center, Room 112, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Equine Management Level ll

Formerly known as Groom Elite 101, this flagship 40 hour course focuses on important equine management skills including: stable management, basic first aid, nutrition, and anatomy and physiology. The course is geared to horse care workers and horse owners with some experience who desire to have a deeper more comprehensive knowledge of the horse and working with horses. Training will combine lecture and hands-on learning in the barn. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Equine Management I. This class takes regular field trips to barn locations in the greater foothills area. 

*Financial aid opportunities may be available for qualifying students, contact (828) 894-3092 for more information. 

Date: Mondays/Wednesdays October 5 - November 4
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  40 hours
Course Fee: $125.00
Location: Polk Center, Room 112, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Advanced Equine Management Level lll

Formerly known as Groom Elite 201, this course offers a more in-depth study of stable management, first aid, nutrition, and grooming. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Equine Management Level I and Equine Management Level II. This class takes regular field trips to barn locations in the greater foothills area. 

 *Financial aid opportunities may be available for qualifying students, contact (828) 894 - 3092 for more information.

Date: TBD
Time: 
Course Fee: $125.00
Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Introduction To Equine Assisted Activities And Therapies (EAAT)

This course introduces a variety of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) used to benefit persons with disabilities. The class will provide an overview of activities and therapies such as therapeutic horseback riding, Hippotherapy, therapeutic driving, and equine facilitated therapies. The history of equine assisted therapy, an overview of common physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, careers with equine assisted activities and information on therapeutic riding instructor certification will be presented. The class combines classroom lecture with hands-on experience at a barn facility. Students will receive volunteer training by assisting in a therapeutic horsemanship class.

Date: TBD
Time:
Course Fee: $70.00
Location: Polk Center, Room 112, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Intro to Equine Braiding & Competition Prep

Introduction to the core skills needed to create beautiful, professional braided manes for competition! Topics covered include: mane pulling, different tools and techniques for different manes, clipping and trimming for horse shows. Class size is limited. Groom Elite 99 or experience around horses is a prerequisite.

Date: TBD
Time: 
Course Fee: 
Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Advanced Equine Braiding & Competition Prep

The hands-on class builds on the skills learned in Intro to Equine Braiding & Competition Prep. Michelle will provide an overview of braiding, different trimming & braid needs for different disciplines and breeds (wet lab/ hunter braids/ dressage braids). She will also cover Tail Braids and Tail Ribbon Colors, wet lab Jumper Braids, Mane Banding Tail braids, Pinwheel, wrap around, mud braids, attaching a fake tail and more. Class size is limited. Intro to Equine Braiding & Competition Prep class is a prerequisite.

Date: TBD
Time: 
Course Fee: 
Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

 

NOTE: all of the above classes are taught 50% in classroom, 50% in a local barn(s).

Limited financial assistance may be available to qualified applicants.

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    For more information on these
    classes contact:

    Karen Marshall Coordinator,
    Polk Center
    (828)-395-1163
    kmarshall@isothermal.edu

  

    REGISTER for classes:
    Stop by the
    Polk Center
    1255 West Mills St.
    Columbus, NC  28722
    during business hours,
    or call us:

    (828) 894-3092

OUR FACULTY

  • Anita Williamson
  • Dr. Helmuth Von Bluecher
  • Tescha Von Bluecher
  • Dr. Thann Boyum
  • Ann Troppman
  • Nikki Guerrazzi
  • Lilia White

UPCOMING COURSES

  • Vet Assistant (Large Animal)
  • Equine Massage Therapy
  • Barn Management
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Photography and Videography

For more information on this class contact:

Kim Alexander
Dean of Business Sciences
828-395-1759
kalexander@isothermal.edu