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Enrollment Details


Tuition is $2500 for the eight week session including grooming supplies and job placement. A non- refundable deposit of $250 must be remitted with the application. The tuition balance is due one month prior to the start of classes and may be paid by check or credit card. Credit card payments are subject to a 5% service fee.

Students must have a high school degree or GED and be at least 18 years of age. They must have a valid driver's license, be willing to travel, and comply to a background check and drug testing.

All students must become members of PRO Groom (Professional Riders Organization).

Program Schedule for 2016

The eight week session includes six weeks of classroom and practical, hands-on training and two weeks of internship.

Sessions scheduled for 2016 are:

  • August 8 through September 30
  • October 3 through November 23
  • February 6 through March 31, 2017
  • April 3 through May 26, 2017
  • August 7 through September 29, 2017
  • October 2 through November 22, 2017
The move in date for each session is the Sunday before classes begin.

Application Process

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE. To ensure personal attention for each student, class size is small -- register early!

One $500 scholarship is currently available. It will be offered to the first student registering for the program, paying their deposit, and requesting tuition assistance.


On-site bunk style housing is available at Sandy River Equestrian Center. The cost of $450 per session covers all utilities and laundry facilities. The bunk house is equipped with a full kitchen, bathrooms with showers, a living area, and a bunk room.

Sandy River Equestrian Center

Located in Axton, Virginia, Sandy River Equestrian Center is ideally situated on 230 acres of rolling hills, woodland trails, and open fields. This attractive facility is comprised of 3 barns -- a 10 stall border barn, 13 stall lesson barn and a 4 stall training barn. Additionally there is an indoor arena, 2 outdoor arenas, 2 cross country schooling fields, and a marked dressage arena. All areas of the center will be used to convey the program lessons set forth by the Equine Management Training Center curriculum. 2015 marked the 25th year of service to riders, horses and the equine community for Sandy River Equestrian Center.

Clinics and Workshops

Weekend workshops and clinics plus continuing education for current grooms cover important subjects for those on a tight schedule. Classes will be offered on- site in Axton, Virginia, or at the location of your choice.

Text Books

Each student will be responsible for purchasing the required text books available from

Equine Research. Lameness - Recognizing and Treating the Horses Most Common Ailments. 1 April 2005. $22

Hill, Cherry. 101 Ground Training Exercises for Every Horse and Handler. 8 May 2012. $24

Williams, Gail and McKenna, Alexa. Horse Movement - Structure, Function, and Rehabilitation. 2 Sept. 2014 $40

Hill, Cat and Ford, Emma. World Class Grooming for Horses: The English Rider's Complete Guide to Daily Care and Competition. 14 April 2015. $40




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Axton, VA 24054
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