Equine Program

Lisa Bellows, Ph.D.
Science and Agriculture Division Chair
(940) 668-4252

Cathy Luse
Equine Faculty
(940) 668-7731, ext. 4318

North Central Texas College's Equine Program is located in the heart of the horse industry of North Texas on the Gainesville campus. The horse industry is a highly diverse industry that supports a wide variety of activities in all regions of the country. Of the approximately 9.2 million horses in the US, nearly 1 million of those reside in Texas. The Equine Science program at NCTC offers a great deal of hands-on experience in training, breeding, and management, as well as classroom instruction on the science and business aspects of the horse industry.

Students in the Equine Program not only have the opportunity to work and gain practical skills within the program but directly with many of the outstanding professionals and facilities in the area as well, thereby gaining important skills, work experience, and contacts within the industry. The diverse student population encompasses individuals from many levels of experience, disciplines, and backgrounds, including international students who come to study in the program.

In addition to formal academic instruction, NCTC Equine offers equine-related extracurricular activities including Stock Horse, Judging, and IHSA Western Show Teams. These teams give students the chance to compete in an intercollegiate format that will contribute invaluable life lessons as part of their educational experience.