Former Lecturer in Equine Science and Director of Equestrian Program at University of Connecticut
over 2 years ago
This role requires intense time management. A regular day would include, teaching the horse training class, teaching multiple large group lessons at differing levels and disciplines (hunter jumper, dressage, and western), meeting with students, and grading assignments for other classes, such as Pleasure Horse Appreciation and Use and the Riding Instructor Training class. Some evenings also have team and club meetings for student groups that the position typically advises or coaches.
The position also coaches the Equestrian Team, Dressage Team, Stock Seat Team and advises Horse Club. During the semester, there can be 13 day work weeks due to coaching at team shows (often one will be Saturday, and the other Sunday, then back to the work week). In the summer, hours shift to later in the day when the Community Summer Riding program is offered for outside students- adults and children.
It is an extremely demanding position but wonderfully rewarding with a terrific department.