Equine career fair help students prepare for workforce

February 19th, 2013 |

Mane Event
Mane Event 2012

Workshops, networking, demonstrations, horses and more horses all make up the Mane Event at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). This unique program on March 1, 2013, will provide equine students the opportunity to meet horse professionals as well as prospective employers and to learn about internships, part-time and full-time employment opportunities. There will be a panel discussion moderated by Chris Marks, Ph. D., professor and department chair of equine studies at SMWC, and sessions led by industry professionals offering tips and one-on-one career advice.  

Equine businesses in the region will interact with equine industry leaders, and informational sessions will allow participants to share best practices.  This year the Indiana Horse Council is partnering with SMWC.  Several of their members will be in attendance to explain the work of the organization and provide information to students, other attendees and businesses.  

“This is our fourth year and the event provides an opportunity for prospective employers from the equine industry to meet with students interested in working for their companies,” explained Tara Lane, employer relations coordinator. “Whether students are looking for a full-time position, an internship, or expanding their network for the future, they will find this is the perfect place to learn about career options and begin the process.” 

SMWC is the only equine program in Indiana, and one of only 20 in the country to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies. The College also offers areas of study in equine business management, equine science and equine training and instruction. 


Noon - 1:30 pm

Le Fer Hall, Ballroom

Lunch and panel discussion on the State of the Equine Industry moderated by Chris Marks, Ph.D.

Panelists representing statewide or national organizations will share their involvement in the horse industry, observations of current conditions and future trends.

  • Amanda Bubb ’05 - Indiana State Coordinator, PATH International
  • Bill Dollard - Hoosier Horse Fair Committee, Indiana Horse Council
  • Mark Russell - Horse Extension and Leadership Development, Purdue University 

1:30 - 3 pm          

Le Fer Hall, ballroom

Nearly 20 exhibitors will be available to discuss career options in the equine industry including internships and full-time employment.

3 - 5 pm

Stable area for workshops and demonstrations

3 pm

Stable Classroom

Colic and Parasite Control

Dr. Grant Minnemeyer, DMV, will address colic and parasite control, two common equine health issues and strategies to prevent and treat them. 

3 pm

Indoor Arena

Yoga on Horses

As an equine assisted coach and corporate trainer, Blair McKissok will lead a demonstration of yoga on horseback and highlight benefits to both the rider and the horse.

4 pm

Stable Classroom

How to do Trail Rides at a Profit

Roberta Ancil will share lessons learned and best practices of offering trail rides both personally and with the Indiana Quarter Horse Association.

4 pm

Indoor Arena

Bitting and Saddle Fitting

Annette Pitcher, of Golden Royal Saddlery, will review techniques of proper bitting and saddle fitting for optimal performance.

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