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New Horsemanship Program at North Dakota Tribal College

Sitting Bull College in North Dakota has started a certified horsemanship program to teach students equine management. The program’s director, Joe Dunn, stated in a press release, “students who enroll in the certificate program will be assigned the responsibility of caring for horses, while receiving hands-on training.”

Certificate recipients will be able to participate in National Inter-Collegiate Rodeo Association events, assist in establishing rodeo teams and take part in two annual horse rides. Students will also learn the significance of the horse tribal culture, according to an Associated Press report.

“Our community members depend on horses for so many things — ranch management, cattle herding, entertainment (rodeo), leisure riding and horse breeding businesses,” Dunn said in the release. “This program provides an opportunity for participants, especially our youth, to learn about equine management practices and [to] interact with horses.”

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