The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the academic program proposal for Equine Business Management effective fall 2020. 

Students in the equine business management program will learn the skills of managing the daily nutrition, health, exercise, and training needs of horses in their care. The proposed program will combine theory, practice and experimentation from the existing equine science program with management, marketing, and agricultural business. No other equine academic programs exist in Minnesota and the proposed program makes use of existing resources.

Nicky Overgaard, an equine instructor in the agricultural and natural resources department shared her perspective on the new major, “We are excited to be adding a business option to our line up of equine degrees here at UMN Crookston. We believe this will set our students up for a broader range of employment opportunities in the very competitive equine industry.”

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Story Contact: Shawn Smith