What separates TVCC's Equine Program ?

The vast majority of college and university Equine programs provide primarily classroom-based curricula.  The TVCC Equine program has a distinctly different philosophy, and that is to ensure our students will be successful in the horse industry, by providing a hands-on education that gives them the required skills. 

At TVCC students in the Horse Production and Training program work directly with horses, and most of their education takes place in the barns, on the ranch, or in the arena.  This philosophy not only ensures students will be successful obtaining employment and a career working in the Equine industry, but also appeals to those students who don’t necessarily excel in the classroom, and who because of this, might avoid higher education altogether.  

The demand for this type of hands-on education is demonstrated by the large number of clinicians who are currently filling the void in academics for this type of program.  


Degrees and Certificates 

Career Paths in Equine Industry 

- Equine Career Opportunities 


1. Equine Science

    - 2 - Year Associate of Science w/ Equine Option

2. Equine Business  

    - 2 - Year Associate of Applied Science Degree

3. Horse Production & Training
    - 2-year Associate of Applied Science Degree 

Pathway Certificate

Through Horse  Production and Training AAS

    - 1. Performance Horse Selection, Training, Marketing and Sales 

TQA Industry Certificates

Certified Public Horse Trainer

     1.  TFTC LLC Quality Standards (Score Sheets

           ( 11 horses trained through TVCC classes:  2 Halter Training, 3 Green                        Breaking, 1 Foundation Tune Up, 1 Reining, 1 Cutting, 1 Team Roping, 1                    Ranch Horse Training, 1 Bridle Horse Training) 

     2.  Work Experience (Example Score Sheets) 

     3.  Colt Starting Practical Test 

         - TQA Vocab Words

Dual Credit 


TVCC Equine Instructor:  Wade Black   

TVCC Students and Field Trips

Performance Horse Production Training Marketing and Selling (Sample Video)