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2018 Dates are Set for Training Program


The rigorously revised Professional Groom Training Certificate program is now a total of eight weeks long:  six weeks of classroom and practical training followed by a two week internship.  The hands-on curriculum will cover all aspects of equine management. The program's curriculum was developed in conjunction with many professionals including Olympic riders, veterinarians, farriers, professional grooms, and more and is affiliated with the Professional Riders Organization (PRO).  

Sessions are scheduled for:

Eleven $500 scholarships are currently available to students entering the program thanks to donations from Caroline Moran and Heart of the Carolinas. To be eligible, complete the application, request a scholarship, and submit your application and deposit.

The program, offered through the Equine Management Training Center (EMTC), is taking groom education to the next level. Based at Sandy River Equestrian Center in southwestern Virginia, EMTC offers a comprehensive certification program sharing the knowledge and skills necessary to become a professional groom and manage all aspects of equestrian life.  Potential employers are waiting for students to complete the training so they may be hired immediately upon program completion.

Donation Honors Emma Ford

Emma and Happy

Caroline Moran has made a generous donation to the Equine Management Training Center to honor Emma Ford, co-author of World Class Grooming for Horses.  The funds will be used to offer $500 scholarships to 10 students of the Professional Groom Training Certificate Program.  Each student will receive a complimentary copy of Emma Ford and Cat Hill's remarkable book.

"It is our mission to help elevate the level of care and understanding that all horses experience, no matter what discipline they are involved in. We hope that though our book, clinics and training to teach that hard work, patience, and time will strengthen the relationship between each horse and his or her caretaker." - Emma Ford and Cat Hill

Andis Joins Our Sponsor Line-up

Andis understands your passion. They share it. At Andis your passion is why they don't settle for good enough. It's also why they build tools that deliver the extra performance you expect. It's their passion, too.

Interactive Anatomy Books Bring Learning to a New Level!

Anatomy-of-the-Equine offers a photographic journey of the horse.  The horse is a complex, intriguing animal. Anatomy-of-the-Equine is the unraveling of this complexity, a quest to understand the horse from the ground up.

As hoof care providers, we have sought to understand what diagnostic tools do not show. For instance, why does the external hoof not always reflect the soundness of the horse? A comprehensive understanding of what is deep inside the hoof is critical. Without it, we are often only making assumptions.

To help farriers, veterinarians and informed horse owners, a bridge between "book" anatomy and the living breathing horse was created. By using a variety of modalities to learn the anatomy of horses including carefully dissecting, diligently photographing, and then identifying all of the structures; visualization and understanding the inter-relationship between the structures was allowed.

Hoof Wraps Joins Our Team of Sponsors!

Hoof Wraps is a multi-use, multi-purpose bandage for everyday horse hoof care and protection. Their special bandages are user friendly and come with a numbered step by step system printed directly on the bandage for easy application on your horse's hoof. You can easily treat common hoof problems like horse hoof abscess, thrush and stone bruise, or use for protection after shoe loss. Hoof Wraps were specifically designed for horses on turn out so your horse can still enjoy the freedom of mobility during treatment. You'll appreciate the durability and convenience of a one size fits most bandage system along with all the time and money you'll save by not having to make and remake home-made bandages.

Southern States Sponsors EMTC!

Our newest sponsor, Southern States, brings a wealth of knowledge to our program.  From feed and nutrition to farm supplies and equipment, Southern States has it all!  Thank you Southern States, we look forward to learning about your products and their use.

Horseware Joins Our List of Excellent Sponsors

Horseware has joined our list of sponsors!  Their excellent products, from boots to blankets will be used in our Professional Groom Certificate Program.  Thank you Horseware!


February 5 - March 30

Professional Groom Certificate Program

April 2 - May 25

Professional Groom Certificate Program

August 6 - September 28

Professional Groom Certificate Program

October 1 - November 21

Professional Groom Certificate Program




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