The enriching and innovative philosophy of the Montana Center for Horsemanship, along with the University of Montana Western partnership, which currently provides two academic degrees in Natural Horsemanship, have caught the attention of student riders and practitioners throughout the U.S., which, in turn, has created a significant demand for the Program. As a result of its own success, in the fall of 2015 UMW had to turn away many qualified students because the facility and staff could not accommodate additional students. Today, that academic landscape is changing and we are able to welcome students from near and far.
Several years after the Natural Horsemanship degree was added to the UMW curriculum, the Montana Center for Horsemanship and UMW, found themselves in the position to make another significant contribution to the Natural Horsemanship world and Montana’s culture as a whole. In addition to advancing the mission of MCH and supporting our community, the partners shared a vision to develop the Montana Center for Horsemanship into a leading equine education center --- a destination conference, symposium, teaching, training, and research center, attracting visitors, scholars, students, researchers, horsemen and horsewomen, as well as those who simply want to learn about horses, Dillon, Beaverhead County and Montana as a whole.
To achieve this vision, additional programs and initiatives need to be developed and the facilities to accommodate a wide range of activities and people need to expand. Based on increasing demand and interest, one of the program additions we recently achieved was a new degree in Natural Horsemanship Instruction. There was a clear need in the equine industry and related equine fields, for more well-trained graduates in equine studies and the lack of instructors was one of the top five concerns hampering industry growth based on a 2015 survey of the AQHA Board of Directors. Further investment with direct impact will be needed to help these current programs and many other valuable initiatives to grow further. Please join us in supporting these efforts - they, and you, really do make an impact.
The Montana Center for Horsemanship has already begun moving forward to achieve these new and expanding goals, first by developing the new core curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Horsemanship Instruction, and by starting the process to develop the larger infrastructure required to accommodate current and future demand for MCH programs. We are also enhancing our ability to host future complementary activities including conferences, symposiums, special events, clinics and other initiatives that will advance the mission. Infrastructure expansion includes nearly 50 additional, 20’ x 60’ indoor/outdoor horse pens, a 200' x 300' Arena Building and a 135’ x 300’ indoor arena.
To accomplish these goals and fulfill the vision, the not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) Montana Center for Horsemanship has identified the following fundraising goals:
· Infrastructure: $2.5M
· University Chair: Research & Development
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