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Equine Studies

Love horses?

Photo by Meghan Banke, CF AlumniIf you’re seeking education and job preparation for the horse industry, consider College of Central Florida. CF offers classroom and hands-on learning opportunities in a two-year format. Our focus is to provide you with the business and science skills essential for success in the equine industry. The Ocala area is home to more than 700 horse farms representing nearly every discipline of the horse industry, from Thoroughbred racing to Western to driving to jumpers. 

There are hundreds of different jobs that our graduates can pursue. Those wanting hands-on work with horses are well qualified to work as assistant farm manager, broodmare manager, training manager, assistant trainer, equine veterinary technician or even run their own horse business such as boarding, breeding or training. Many other jobs support the retail sales industry, such as on-farm sales, feed sales, tack store manager or supplement sales.  Another large job category is the service sector with jobs such as massage therapist, farrier, show groom, tack repair, photography or marketing. While the Equine Studies program at CF may not teach you all of the specific aspects of a career such as farrier or massage therapist, we develop your business and equine science skills to maximize a successful business enterprise.

For more information on Equine Programs email equine@cf.edu or contact Dr. Judy Downer at 352-854-2322, ext. 1220.

Many students choose to go on for a BA in Agribusiness here at CF after completing their AS in Equine Studies.  For more information on this option please contact Michael Shuler at 352-873-5838 or email shulerm@cf.edu.


Program Manager: Dr. Judy Downer                   Email: downerj@cf.edu
Phone: 352-854-2322, extension 1220
Office: Ocala Campus, Building 9, Room 102B


Business, Technology and Workforce: Mike Shuler     Email: shulerm@cf.edu
Phone: 352-854-2322, extension 1516
Office: Ocala Campus, Bryant Student Union, Room 201