RCTC Hunt Seat Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team qualified 2 riders for Regional Championships which was held in River-Falls, Wisconsin in February, 2013. Chelsea Yock and Kate Springer competed against riders from Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Canada. Both had superb rides and placed well in their divisions with Chelsea winning 3rd place and Kate winning 5th place. Congrats to the team!

RCTC Equestrian Club News - April 2011

Shanna Meyer wins the Individual Beginner Horsemanship at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Semi-Finals, hosted by the University of Findlay, Ohio. Meyer, a 2nd year Equine Science student from Kellogg, MN, has now earned a berth in the National Championships to be held in Lexington, KY, May 5-8th. This will be the first time RCTC will be represented at the National Championships!

Teams that competed at the semi-finals included, Morrisville State College, NY, Centenary College, NJ, United States Military Academy, NY, Kutztown University, PA, Florida State University, FL, University of Florida, FL, Bowling Green State University, OH, University of Akron, OH, Tiffin University, OH, University of Findlay, OH, Midway College, KY, Morehead State University, KY, University of Cincinnati, OH, University of Kentucky, KY, North Dakota State University, ND, Rochester Community and Technical College, MN, South Dakota State University, SD, University of Minnesota, Crookston, MN, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA College of the Sequoias, CA, Stanford University, CA, Montana State University, MT, Rocky Mountain College, MT, University of Montana Western, MT, and Utah State University, UT.


Fall 2010 is currently underway and is going very well. We have 43 students in the equine program this semester. The IHSA teams are heading to their first horse show this weekend, the Equestrian club has already completed their highway clean up, and classes are getting intense. If you are a current or prospective student and have any questions about the program, please contact Julie Christie at julie.christie@rctc.edu

December 2009

The RCTC Equine Science “End of Semester Horse Show” will be next week, December 11th from 1pm- 4pm.  Everyone is welcome to come watch (no dogs, please)!

What: We will start with jumping classes, followed by English equitation, Western horsemanship, and ground driving classes.
Who: This is a competition among RCTC’s Equine Science students.  
When: Friday, December 11th from 1-4pm
Where:  The Stables Equestrian Center  6489 51st Street, N.E., Rochester

Directions: From UCR Main campus, go north on E Circle drive to Viola Road, then turn east (right) on Viola Road for about 4 miles until CR 11 (55th Ave NE). Turn North (left) onto CR 11.  Take first road on Right (51st St NE).  Barn is 4th driveway on left.

If you have any questions, please contact
Julie Christie (507) 398-2326



January 2009

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IHSA Team News:

Practices this semester will be:

Western practices Fridays at 8:00 am  with Jonathon Holland

Hunt Seat practices Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. with Julie Christie

Next meeting (IHSA and Equestrian Club):

Friday, January 23rd at 10:30am in HA 130

Rochester Equine Extravaganza- January 31st in the Heintz Commons

The IHSA team and Equestrian Club are hosting the 2nd annual Rochester Equine Extravaganza this semester, which is always a lot of fun and a great fund-raiser for the Equestrian Club.  The Rochester Equine Extravaganza includes a tack swap, silent auction, vendors and educational speakers. 

Contact Maxine Bach for more information.

Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children.

This volunteer event is up in the Cities, but we will be car pooling up there!  The time in which we are going to be volunteering is from 11:30- 1:30. Please contact Sarah at (507) 273-2618 for more information or e-mail at snieno073@acad.roch.edu

Don’t forget the following dates:

January 24th

January 31st

February 5th

February 16th Holiday (no classes)

February 17th Staff development day (no classes)

Graduating this Spring? Even without the internship- you need to read this:

Students may walk through spring 2009 graduation, even if they are going to be completing their internship (or another course) in the summer.  Their degree/certificate would not be forwarded on to them until they complete the summer class(es).

If you intend to graduate spring 2009 or summer 2009 sessions that the graduation application is due 2/26/09. This form is on the internet:


Sara Kling-Punt can assist students with the application in HA 101 as needed, or you can fill out the form yourself.  Sarah’s contact information:

Office: Heintz Center, HA 101

Phone: (507) 280-3534

Fax: (507) 529-2730

Finding a job in the horse industry- hints for on-line searches

If you are looking for a job in the horse industry, even if you are not sure what kind of job that you want, doing an on-line search of opportunities will amaze you!  If you find a job that you think that you might apply for be sure to get help proof-reading your resume.  If you get an interview, be sure to write a list of questions for your potential employers before you go.  Here are some of those job websites that you might consider looking at (and bookmarking!)

I also recommend doing a “Google search’ for the kind of job that you want.  For example, if you would like to be a stable manager, type in: “stable manager job” or “stable manager employment” or “horse manager job”.






Student Success day
This year, SSD is going to be on Thursday February 5th.  There are no regularly scheduled classes on that day, but students are strongly encouraged to participate in the activities (some instructors may offer bonus points for attending).  There are at least 30 sessions to choose from throughout the day (including evening sessions!).  Jonathon Holland is going to speaking specifically to equine students about how to succeed in internships and jobs. If you plan to do an internship, this is a required attendance. Prizes are awarded throughout the day (including gift cards to the bookstore) and there is a free lunch.  For more information, check out the website http://www.rctc.edu/success day/

Did you know?
If you know of a prospective student, they may be eligible for the Allis Grant. They have to have been out of school for 7 years or longer and not have an advanced 4 year degree). The grant pays for one course of up to 5 credits the first time back IF they are going to complete a program (or think they want to complete a program).

Quotes for you to ponder:

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.  ~Winston Churchill

People on horses look better than they are.  People in cars look worse than they are.  ~Marya Mannes


October 2008

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Portfolios are a tool to plan, organize and document education, work samples and practical skills. Career portfolios are used to apply to college, or internship programs, get a job, get a higher salary, show transferable skills, and to track personal development. They are more in-depth than a resume, which is used to summarize the above in one or two pages. Career portfolios serve as proof of your skills, abilities, and potential in the future. Career Portfolios are becoming common in high schools, colleges, and workforce development. Many school programs will have you create, update, and use a career portfolio before moving on to the next level.

The RCTC Equine Science program is initiating a portfolio development plan for students. Equine students are encouraged to start their portfolios now. Each class that you take will involve papers, videos, and other assignments you should collect. A personal portfolio could include evidence of skills in the form of written papers, brochures, pictures, fact sheets, teaching and training philosophies, pictures, a personal website, and videos of riding , handling, training, or other practical skills (e.g. lunging, bandaging, or instructing a lesson). An entire portfolio could be put onto a website, with pictures, video links, writing samples, and more. These are called ‘e-portfolios’. e-Portfolios are easier to distribute and potential employers are probably more likely to look at a website then review large stacks of paper.

IHSA Team Results:

Hunt Seat

In the first hunt Seat competition of the year, three RCTC students competed in Madison, Wisconsin. Liz Anderson took 4th in the advanced walk, trot, canter, Laura Hedeen took two 5ths in the beginner walk, trot, canter and Lydia Andersen took two first places in the beginner walk, trot, canter! Good job team!


In the first Western IHSA competition, RCTC showed everyone what a powerful little team we can be! 13 riders competed at UW-River Falls. The team was the reserve champion on the 4th!

  • Angie Carroll Open Horsemanship 2nd, 6th
  • Jacole Drinkall Advanced Horsemanship 6th, 1st
  • Maxine Bach Novice Horsemanship 5th
  • Melissa Streit Novice Horsemanship 4th
  • Sarah Nienow Intermediate Horsemanship 2nd, 4th
  • Vanessa Bohn Intermediate Horsemanship 3rd, 3rd
  • Laura Hedeen Intermediate Horsemanship 1st
  • Stephanie Stevens Intermediate Horsemanship 6th
  • Becky Theuning Intermediate Horsemanship 1st, 2nd
  • Melissa Stephens Beginner Horsemanship 6th, 1st
  • Tiffany Wurst Beginner Horsemanship 5th, 2nd

Maxine Bach has now qualified for Regionals in Novice Horsemanship and will now move up to the Advanced level, and Sarah Nienow has qualified for Regionals in Intermediate and will now move up to Novice.

The next IHSA shows are as follows:

  • Oct 25-26 Hunt Seat at Crookston
  • Nov 15  Hunt Seat at SDSU
  • Nov 16 Western at SDSU
  • Nov 22-23 Western at NDSU

Equestrian Club news from Maxine Bach

The Equestrian Club has been very busy. A meeting is held every Friday at the barn at 10:30 (please join us if you haven’t already).  We are planning on hosting the 2nd annual Rochester Equine Extravaganza next semester, which is always a lot of fun and a great fund-raiser for the Equestrian Club.  The Rochester Equine Extravaganza includes a tack swap, silent auction, vendors and educational speakers.  Again, please feel free to come to the barn Fridays at 10:30 to join a meeting and get involved with our great community events.

Rodeo Team from Vanessa Bohn

"The news from the bucking shoots" is that we have all the paper work to start an intercollegiate rodeo team!  It is very important that the people that are interested in joining the team come to the meetings on Fridays at 10am at The Stables.  We are still in need of a spot that we can practice in during the winter. Vanessa has a lot of faith in the succession of this team because of the interest she has heard from other students! For more information, e-mail Vanessa at shawntom21@yahoo.com

Faculty news

Your instructors are busy people! Pam Whitfield has been hired to coach the South Dakota National 4H Horse judging team. Julie Christie was recently an expert witness in a court case involving a horse and car accident in the twin cities. Julie will also ride in a Mary Wanless dressage clinic November 8-10 in Delano, MN. Mary Wanless is the author of the text book for Hunt Seat II and III.

Don’t forget the following dates:

November 4th   Staff Development day - There are no classes on this date.

November 27- 28th   Thanksgiving - There are no classes on these dates

December 12th  End of the Semester Horse Show - Starts at 1pm. If you are riding in it, then you will need to be there in the morning. Bring your family!


Work study job. Students would have to be eligible for work study dollars (through the financial aid office).  Morning chores:  Earn money before starting class.  Turn out horses and clean stalls.  Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours about 15 days per month.  6a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

For Sale

  • Chloe
  • She is a 6 year old, Solid , Paint Mare
  • 14 hands
  • Affectionate fun- loving, willing horse
  • Used for trails and is a gaming prospect
  • Very reasonable price!
  • To good home only!
  • Call 507- 775 – 6464
  • Ask for Emily


September 2008

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The semester is underway!

Fall 2008 is on a roll. I hope that you are all enjoying your classes and learning lots. There are a few classes that don’t start until mid October. These are Light Horse Management, Western I, and Hunt Seat I. It is not too late to sign up for these classes- and you should note that none of them are going to be offered again until Fall 2009.

Our end of semester horse show is December 12th this year. Plan on keeping that date open, even if you are not riding. Volunteers will be needed.

I would like to encourage everyone to start planning their spring 2009 schedule. The available classes are viewable on-line. (https://eservices.minnstate.edu/registration/search/basic.html?campusid=306)

Registration will begin in November.

Barn Chores and reliability

The horse industry requires people who are reliable. When you are applying for a job, interviewing, or your references are being checked, potential employers want to know if you are reliable. That means showing up for work, arriving on time, and coming prepared. As you know, Equine students are required to do barn chores once per week. Between barn chores and classes, and class assignments, your reliability is being measured. Missing chores without notifying the appropriate persons, or making a habit of switching days reduces you reliability.

Keep in mind that your instructors and the barn staff might be a wonderful reference for you, they might hire you, or they might seek you out for exciting job opportunities. If you missed classes, barn chores, or are in the habit of being late (or unprepared), then you won’t be the person to get that reference or job. Thank you to those of you who have been reliable- keep it up and good things will come your way!

If you are going to miss chores, you need to call Eliese at 507-261-7393.

Get involved on September 24th!

Student Success day and a highway clean up day!

Student Success Day (September 24th) is a special day at RCTC where there are no regularly scheduled classes.  Instead, there are a variety of sessions that you can choose to attend on the main campus.  These sessions are a way to learn more about getting jobs, technology, programs at RCTC, and self-improvement (such as test anxiety and how to eat healthy on a budget).  Some instructors will be offering bonus points for coming to Student Success Day!  There are going to be 32 different sessions to choose from in 4 time slots (There are 3 between 9am-12:30pm and an two evening times), plus 3 online sessions will be available from D2L.  In addition, there is a free lunch (at 12:30), time to meet with your instructor, and a great keynote presentation.  Check out the website for the complete list of sessions, presenters, and times (www.rctc.edu/success day). 

After the morning sessions and free lunch are finished, the Equestrian club and IHSA team are going to do a highway clean up. If you are going to be on the IHSA team, this is required. The highway adopted by the club is about 15 minutes from campus on highway 30, southwest of Rochester. Meet at the Heintz Center East Parking lot at 1pm. Gloves will be provided.

Job Searching tools

Planning on working in the horse industry? Do an on-line search of jobs available, even if you won’t be applying yet. There are many places to start looking for jobs. Here are some of the websites available. Search under “horse” or “equine”.







I frequently have people calling, e-mailing, or writing to me with job or internship opportunities for our graduates. I have begun to compile a binder of horse jobs, internship opportunities, and volunteer opportunities. If you know of any jobs, or would like to see the binder, please schedule a time to meet with me. Julie.christie@rctc.edu

Dates that you should have on your calendar:

September 24th Student Success day and Highway clean up 

This is a day for students to attend a variety of sessions on study skills, computer skills, anger management, resume writing, yoga, and job searching. Some of your classes might offer bonus points for going to these activities. There are no regularly scheduled classes on this day. Highway clean up crew meets at 1pm in the Heintz Center.

October 16 and 17th MEA days

There are no classes on these dates

October 24th Quarter finishes

As you may have noticed, several of the equine classes run for 8 weeks instead of 16. The first quarter (8 week session) will be finished and the second quarter will begin on this date.

November 4th   Staff Development day

There are no classes on this date.

November 27- 28th   Thanksgiving

There are no classes on these dates

December 12th  End of the Semester Horse Show


Local Job opportunities

Work study job. Students would have to be eligible for work study dollars (through the financial aid office).  Morning chores:  Earn money before starting class.  Turn out horses and clean stalls.  Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours about 15 days per month.  6a.m. to 7:30 a.m. 

Staff Position Open at Priestfield West Stables (a Rochester area horse boarding & training barn). We're looking for a positive, responsible, and reliable person to join our staff. We offer a friendly work environment with flexible scheduling. Please e-mail jlhdressage@hotmail.com or call 507-398-7241. Website: https://www.facebook.com/PriestfieldWest/

Steve DeFrang at Diamond D Stables (a reining barn) would like to hire some stall cleaners. About 10 minutes from campus. Call 507-358-1080.

Sales/cashier position at Rochester Feed and Country store (they have a new location on the NE corner of Hwy 63 and 14 in Rochester). Applicants should have good customer service skills, be able to lift 50 lbs, and should work well with others. Call 507-285-5547 ask for Netta. Note: This store carries lots of equine products and horse feeds. Website: http://www.rochesterfeed.com/

"Work for board! Pasture boarding available at Highview Equestrian Center in Byron (just 15 minutes from campus). Opportunities available for morning and/or afternoon chore help in exchange for monthly board. For more information contact Serena at (507) 269-4646, or Highview@HighviewEquestrian.com

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