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Performance Horse Handler Certificate

Do you have a love for horses? Are you interested in the performance horse industry? Do you want to learn about working with competition horses?

The Performance Horse Handler Certificate program is designed to provide graduates with the technical knowledge and skills required to succeed in today’s equine industry.

This one-year program prepares students to work in dressage, show jumping, racing, reining, breeding and other stables, and competitive venues where experienced horse handling is required. Students will be exposed to the preparation and maintenance of horses for competition, learn the principles of horse behaviour and safe horse handling, and carry out duties such as feeding, grooming and caring for performance horses in a teaching barn as well as in the field.


  • Studies in horse behaviour, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and care
  • Practical and applied learning through lectures and labs
  • Hands-on training with horses from various sectors of the equine industry
  • Small class size results in an excellent student-teacher ratio
  • Includes two work placements in different industry sectors prior to program completion


  • Learn key skills to help you succeed in a career in the equine industry
  • Work with horses throughout your training program
  • Two industry work placements will give students comprehensive work experience before graduating
  • Begin working in an industry you enjoy after just one year of studies
  • Diversified job placement opportunities

Academic Program delivered in Clinton at REACH Huron

Students in the Performance Horse Handler Certificate program will study in Clinton, Ontario at the Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron (REACH Huron). This new facility includes many excellent teaching features including a 108’ by 211’ brightly lit arena with an attached 70’ by 130’ warm-up ring and modern barn with wash stalls and heated tack room.

And what..

.. courses would you take?
.. career opportunities do graduates have?

For more information about the Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron, please visit the website..

Come check this program out at Applicant Information Days on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 or Red Carpet Day on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 or for a tour, contact Samantha Tapper at 519-482-3998 ext. 1497 or by email at

To discuss this program in more detail, please contact:

Alison McMahon
Alison McMahon, Campus Recruitment Co-ordinator
519-674-1500 x63256
John Zandrstra
Sharon McMaster, Academic Program Co-ordinator
519-482-3998 x1488

Noelle Hasselbring
"I found that I learned more than I expected about horses and I met knowledgeable equine professionals in the classroom and in the industry. In addition, I gained good hands-on equine experience from my two distinctly different industry work placements."

Noelle Hasselbring
Digby Regional High School, Little River, NS
Graduate (2017), Performance Horse Handler Certificate

Page reviewed 09/28/2017