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La Cense Montana establishes the first professional School of Horsemanship

DILLON, Mont. – La Cense, an educational partner of the American Quarter Horse Association and the author of the AQHA’s Fundamentals of Horsemanship, announces the establishment of the “La Cense Montana Professional School of Horsemanship” for men and women interested in pursuing a career in the horse industry. The program will enroll its first class in September 2009.

La Cense Montana expects to produce 30 professional horsemen each year who are not only excellent instructor-educators but are also viewed as leading advocates of the profession.

“With more and more scrutiny of the handling of animals, the La Cense Montana program will demonstrate that understanding and appreciation of horses as well as the importance of communicating with them in their training is not only the most effective but also the most humane training method” explains William Kriegel, founder of the School and founder of the La Cense Horsemanship global program, recognized by the French Equestrian Federation (FFE) as the first center to teach natural horsemanship in Europe.

“Equally important, Kriegel continued, “the School will graduate certified instructor-educators who will provide safe and competent coaching to help riders achieve their personal goals with their horse.”

The U.S. horse industry employs 701,946 people directly. Overall, more than 4.5 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. Tens of millions more participate as spectators. Graduates of the new School will be prepared for careers in the horse industry ranging from events and sales to instruction and management.

The first professional school of its kind, La Cense Montana will follow the philosophy of the “La Cense Montana Balance.”

“The La Cense Balance blends the best of traditional horsemanship with the art of training and riding horses in a manner that works with a horse’s behavior, instincts and personality in an easy and kind manner. Once students fully gain these skills, they will have access to some of the most exciting jobs in the industry,” said Jeff Griffith, the School’s senior instructor.

Students will be required to take a blend of college courses related to natural horsemanship and courses that will contribute to their growth as professionals in the horse industry.

The La Cense Montana Professional School of Horsemanship offers students the option to choose between a one-year program and a two-year program.

Successful students enrolling in the one-year program will earn the La Cense Certificate of Horsemanship and will be prepared to succeed in equine industries requiring excellent riders and horse people.

The two-year program is for the most qualified students who are interested in teaching the art and science of the La Cense Montana Balance to riders of all ages. Students who complete the second year successfully will be awarded the La Cense Certificate of Horsemanship Educator.

Students in the second year also will have the option to spend part of their second year at the famous La Cense Horsemanship program in France. Students also may have the opportunity to travel with the La Cense Montana Horsemanship workshop team and to learn team roping and other ranch skills.

“Students in both programs will also get actual ranch horsemanship experience, working with more than 130 of the finest recreational Quarter horses and more than 2,500 head of Black Angus on this beautiful 90,000 acre ranch in scenic Montana,” Griffith said. “All of the horses are less than six years old. Students can expect to ride about 2,000 hours each year. This is a significant advantage compared to other programs.”

“Because of a unique partnership with the University of Montana Western (UMW) and La Cense Montana, students will take equine courses at the university in Dillon, Montana. Courses will include nutrition and horse care, equine science, and equine facilities management, and communication” explained Kriegel.

Depending on their career goals in the horse industry, students will also take UMW courses in small business management, teaching techniques, marketing and public speaking.

“Members of the La Cense staff will work with students in career planning and placement. Students who complete either program in good standing are guaranteed a job in the horse industry,” Kriegel said.

“La Cense Montana is fortunate to have Dillon and the University of Montana Western as its neighbor and partner in this exciting undertaking. The combination of the University of Montana and La Cense Professional School of Horsemanship will make Dillon one of the centers for horsemanship in the United States” concluded Kriegel.

Those interested in learning about the La Cense Montana Professional School of Horsemanship should visit http://www.lacensemontana.com, call 877-318-6148 or send an e-mail to schoolinfo@lacensemontana.com.


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