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Performance Horse Handler Certificate

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 caring for performance horses in a teaching barn, as well as in the field.

Program Features

  • 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 resulting in an excellent student-teacher ratio
  • Includes two work placements in different industry sectors prior to program completion, giving students industry-readiness work experience before graduating

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.

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 21, 2018 or for a tour, contact Samantha Tapper at 519-482-3998 ext. 1497 or by email at tappers@uoguelph.ca

To discuss this program in more detail, please contact:

Alison McMahon
Alison McMahon, Campus Recruitment Co-ordinator
519-674-1500 x63256 rcampus@uoguelph.ca
John Zandrstra
Martha Worts, Academic Program Co-ordinator
519-482-3998 x1488 mworts@uoguelph.ca


Noelle Hasselbring
Noelle, did you enjoy the combination of classroom and teaching barn/arena time?

"Yes, I found I learned more than I expected and realized how much there is to learn when you want to work with performance horses. I gained new insights from both of my industry work placements."

Noelle Hasselbring, Little River, NS
Graduate (2017), Performance Horse Handler Certificate

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