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Equine Management & Equine Science

You don’t have to take our word for it … Ellsworth Community College’s Equine programs are currently ranked #2 in the nation by, which compiles and compares quantifiable data from equine schools across the country. Take the time to see our facilities, meet our staff, and talk with our successful students. We’re convinced you’ll want to sign up on the spot!

ECC offers three different Equine programs, depending on your individual career plans and interests:

  1. A one-year Equine Management Practitioner diploma program for those with a short-term career focus
  2. A two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for those who want to go directly into the workforce after graduation
  3. A two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) transfer degree for those who want to transfer their ECC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university

The links under Degrees Awarded (below) outline our different program options. The two AAS programs include on-the-job training that has proven to be extremely valuable to our students for professional networking, building their resumes, and getting their foot in the door to make a great impression on an employer.


Working with horses is a lifelong passion for people who get into the fields of equine management and equine science. Career possibilities include trainers, operators, riding instructors, breeders, handlers, feed representatives, stable managers, farm/ranch managers, breeding managers, foaling attendants, exercise riders, private lessons, animal control officers, boarders, therapeutic riding, horse show judging, equine journalism/advertising, saddle-making and professional grooms. Potential employers include tack stores, vet clinics, animal health laboratories, farm suppliers, dude ranches, resort industry, service industry, publications, and the retail industry.


Our Equine Science AAS degree program includes a stronger science background, making it the best choice for students who want to transfer their credits to a college or university where they can complete a bachelor’s degree. Students who plan to transfer are encouraged to visit with an admissions representative or academic advisor of the college or university to which they plan to transfer, to ensure that the transfer of their Ellsworth credits is seamless and complete.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!


  • The Ellsworth Equestrian Center, built in 2010, is an amazing state-of-the-art, climate-controlled facility that is overseen with assistance from our students. You can view a “virtual tour” of the Equestrian Center at the bottom of this page.
  • Our students train up to seven different, privately owned horses of all ages, and you are paired with your first horse during the first week of class! Between training and riding classes, some students are riding 4-7 times per week. (Certain restrictions may apply.)
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages … there are many scholarships available to Equine majors.
  • Take English and Western riding lessons, including riding patterns, jumping and other advanced maneuvers.
  • Become skilled at the art of horse feeding, training, restraint, clipping, vaccinations, basic health maintenance, and management of horses.
  • Participate in a variety of expos, clinics and events where you’ll work with speakers and clinicians, register participants, participate by riding in clinics, and attend workshops.
  • Participate in spring and fall shows, competing on horses you’ve trained while the owners watch and family members cheer you on!
  • Attend the American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio and the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma. Other recent trips have included the Midwest Horse Fair in Wisconsin and the Minnesota Horse Expo.
  • Join the ECC Horse Judging Team to improve your judging skills and then be tested in collegiate competitions such as AQHA Congress, AQHA World Show and APHA Spring Sweepstakes.


Megan Humphrey

Megan Humphrey