Isothermal Community College

Polk Center

Groom Elite and Equine Sciences Continuing Education Classes

CAREER TRACK: EQUINE SCIENCES

Start your career off on the right hoof, so to speak!

GROOM ELITE SERIES

Groom Elite 99, Introduction to Horse Care and Handling

This course provides an overview of the basic information a new worker or horse owner needs to start handling horses. Classes will cover the basics of equine behavior, terminology, major equine anatomy and physiology, safe horse handling, introduction to equipment, observation of horses for signs of injury and illness, grooming, bathing and more.

Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays
Time: 1:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  12 hours
Course Fee: $125.00
Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Groom Elite 101

This flagship 40 hour course focuses on important horse care skills including: equine behavior, grooming basics, equine anatomy and physiology, nutrition and feeding guidelines, horse health evaluation, bandage and wrap application, safety, barn management and much more.

The 101 and 201 courses are geared to aspiring horse care workers and horse owners with some experience who desire to have a deeper, more comprehensive knowledge of the horse and working with horses.

Originally designed for the racing industry, this nationally recognized groom certification curriculum has been modified for Isothermal Community College to address the needs of the show horse industry. Both the Groom Elite 101 and 210 offer the student an opportunity to test for knowledge and competency, to earn a certificate.

Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays
Time: 1:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  40 hours
Course Fee: $125.00
Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Groom Elite 201

This certification course is advanced, the prerequisite is successful completion of the Groom Elite 101 course.

Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays TBA
Time: 1:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  40 hours
Course Fee: $125.00
Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Introduction To Equine Assisted Activities And Therapies (EAAT)

This course introduces a variety of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) used to benefit persons with disabilities. The class will provide an overview of activities and therapies such as therapeutic horseback riding, Hippotherapy, therapeutic driving, and equine facilitated therapies. The history of equine assisted therapy, an overview of common physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, careers with equine assisted activities and information on therapeutic riding instructor certification will be presented. The class combines classroom lecture with hands-on experience at a barn facility. Students will receive volunteer training by assisting in a therapeutic horsemanship class.

Date: Thursdays, February 7 - March 7, *Saturday, March 2
Time: 6:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  *Saturday, 12:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Course Fee: $70.00
Location: Polk Center, Room 112, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Intro to Equine Braiding & Competition Prep

Introduction to the core skills needed to create beautiful, professional braided manes for competition! Topics covered include: mane pulling, different tools and techniques for different manes, clipping and trimming for horse shows. Class size is limited. Groom Elite 99 or experience around horses is a prerequisite.

Date: TBA
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Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Advanced Equine Braiding & Competition Prep

The hands-on class builds on the skills learned in Intro to Equine Braiding & Competition Prep. Michelle will provide an overview of braiding, different trimming & braid needs for different disciplines and breeds (wet lab/ hunter braids/ dressage braids). She will also cover Tail Braids and Tail Ribbon Colors, wet lab Jumper Braids, Mane Banding Tail braids, Pinwheel, wrap around, mud braids, attaching a fake tail and more. Class size is limited. Intro to Equine Braiding & Competition Prep class is a prerequisite.

Date: TBA
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Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

 

NOTE: all of the above classes are taught 50% in classroom, 50% in a local barn(s).

Limited financial assitance may be available to qualified applicants.

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    For more information on these
    classes contact:

    Kate Barkschat Director,
    Polk Center
    (828)-395-1163
    kbarkschat@isothermal.edu

  

    REGISTER for classes:
    Stop by the
    Polk Center
    1255 West Mills St.
    Columbus, NC  28722
    during busnesss hours,
    or call us:

    (828) 894-3092

OUR FACULTY

  • Anita Williamson
  • Dr. Helmuth Von Bluecher
  • Tescha Von Bluecher
  • Dr. Thann Boyum
  • Ann Troppman
  • Nikki Guerrazzi
  • Lilia White

UPCOMING COURSES

  • Vet Assistant (Large Animal)
  • Equine Massage Therapy
  • Barn Management
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Photography and Videography

For more information on this class contact:

Kim Alexander
Dean of Business Sciences
828-395-1759
kalexander@isothermal.edu