Careers & Education

Olds College offers multiple majors through their two-year Equine Science Diploma Program. The college continues to meet the needs of the horse industry by producing graduates skilled in Equine Business and Event Management, Production and Breeding Management, English and Western Horsemanship, and Equestrian Coaching.

Interviewed by Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - A family business that has been in operation for more than three decades, JK Reid Manufacturing & Sales Ltd. based in Moorefield Ontario, offers a wide variety of livestock equipment. As cattlemen and farmers themselves, their base has always been handling and feeding systems for horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs, and in recent years they have expanded to service deer, elk, and bison producers, as well as zookeepers.

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Every young horse girl dreams of total immersion in equestrian activities, but often school and other recreational activities interfere. Students at Queen Margaret’s School (QMS), in Duncan, BC, no longer have to choose between their passion for horses and excellence in academics.

By Melanie Huggett - Do you enjoy learning and sharing your knowledge with others? Do you like working with both people and horses? Then perhaps you have considered becoming a riding instructor or coach.

Stan Walchuk Jr, horse trail riding, horse trail Guiding, horse trail riding schooling

Career opportunities exist for horse guides, wranglers, and owner-operators through guest ranches, hourly trail rides, pack trip holidays, hunting guides, and outfitting. The job descriptions vary with the type of operation and so do the qualifications that these businesses look for in their staff. Everyone agreed that individuals who succeed in the areas of horse wrangling and guiding are self-motivated.

Interviewed by Melanie Huggett - Karren Winther is a realtor with RE/MAX Aldercenter Realty in Aldergrove, BC, where she helps horse lovers realize their dreams of owning that perfect equestrian property, whether it’s a small hobby farm or a large stable facility. An avid horsewoman herself, competing in National Reined Cowhorse Association competitions, Karren knows the special requirements necessary for keeping horses that other realtors might overlook.

Interviewed by Laura Neufeld - The Dog & Pony Shop started in 1994 in Ladner, BC. Since then, they have grown by leaps and bounds, focusing on fulfilling their motto: "Helping riders enjoy horses, sport, and life."

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