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Equine Program Faculty and Staff

Julie Christie, M.Sc. -

Bachelor of Science -Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
Master of Science - Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Certificate in Adult Education- University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Julie Christie has been an instructor and the Program Leader for equine science at RCTC since 2005.

She is from the east coast of Canada and has an extensive history working in the equine field. Julie has earned her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals and is still competing in FEI level dressage. Her work experiences include teaching and training horses, managing stables, grooming at the international level, working in equine research laboratories, etc. Julie has competed in equitation, hunters, jumpers, eventing, and combined training throughout Canada, the USA, and in Ireland.

Ms. Christie's photo courtesy of CanSpor

Pam Whitfield

Pam Whitfield, Ph.D

Pam Whitfield holds a Ph.D. in English from UNC-Greensboro. She helped design the equine science curriculum at RCTC and teaches both English and Equine Science. She holds multiple judges cards, and continues to judge, give clinics, and teach riders on a part-time basis. Pam also serves on the board of directors for the Affiliated National Riding Commission, is an H.S.A. certified instructor and clinician, and writes for horse magazines. Her articles have appeared in Practical Horseman, Equis, The Chronicle of the Horse, John Lyons’ Perfect Horse, and The Equine Journal.

Pam grew up in the North Carolina 4-H horse program and is the only youth ever to win high individual titles at both the Quarter Horse Congress and Eastern National 4-H judging contests. At St. Andrews College, she minored in equine studies, rode on the varsity equestrian team, and was reserve champion in advanced stock seat equitation at the 1988 IHSA Nationals. Pam has taught riding and managed instructional programs in colleges, camps, show stables and non-profit settings. Her primary focus is hunter seat equitation and giving new riders a solid foundation in the forward seat.

Minnesota Public Radio: "You Should Meet Pam Whitfield"

RCTC Adjunct Instructor

Stephanie (Madsen) Bruggeman is our newest equine science instructor. Stephanie is alumni from our very own equine program (2007). She has started two businesses in the horse industry. One teaching and training business (SKM Riding, LLC) and a non-profit (Refuge Ranch Ministries). She has been a barn manager, executive director, competitor (hunters, dressage, IHSA, western), started horses, finished horses, and developed a busy lesson program.

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