Montana Center for Horsemanship Grant Award to Launch Pilot Horsemanship Program with the Montana Youth Challenge Academy

The Montana Center for Horsemanship will launch a new Natural Horsemanship education program with the Montana Youth Challenge Academy in Dillon, Montana.  The pilot program is made possible by a grant from the Bill & Rosemary Gallagher Foundation, whose focus is education.  MCH, an equine education nonprofit has launched an appeal for a dollar for dollar match up to $5,000 to implement a range of programming that includes natural horsemanship, equine and Ag industry career development, packing and outfitting and equine photography and filmmaking.

The Montana Center for Horsemanship is known for having the nation’s first and only Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Horsemanship, affiliated degrees and new academic degrees currently in development in collaboration with Montana Western (University).  The Center also recently launched an annual conference, as well as the annual Colt Sale in April, and other symposiums, workshops and clinics.

This pilot program with the Montana Youth Challenge Academy, will introduce the young cadets ranging in age from teens to twenties, to natural horsemanship and a greater understanding of the horse industry.  Cadets will also learn about equine careers, packing with horses and mules, the ag industry and equine arts.

“This is a significant step for MCH and natural horsemanship education,” according to Director of Development and Communications, Janet Rose.  “Our mission is education, knowledge, and perpetuating traditions of the American west and the La Cense Method of Natural Horsemanship. This grant makes it possible to develop more equine and ag programs for our youth, and introduce them to everything horse.  The $5,000 grant gives us a significant kickstart.  We hope that matching funds enable us to bring more resources to programming that will strengthen and expand the impact.”

Director of Horsemanship Education, Eric Hoffmann, has already introduced the MYCA cadets to horses and horsemanship at the Center through hands-on volunteer opportunities and peer to peer instruction.  This funding will greatly expand the partnership, teaching and training opportunities.

Rose adds, that the cadets will also be able to participate in other programs hosted by the Center including the fall Conference – The Natural Horsemanship Revolution scheduled for September 8-10.  The Conference, presented in partnership with Montana Western, will also feature the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival, bringing filmmakers from around the world, face to face with the students and cadets.  The Conference will bring some of the world’s leading horsemen and horsewomen to the Center with a focus on Natural Horsemanship and the horse-human relationship.  To learn more or to donate to the Gallagher grant match appeal, please visit

The mission of the Montana Center for Horsemanship
To help every horse and person make the most of their respective lives
To enable horses to learn effectively and experience “horse happiness” through the process of Natural Horsemanship
To help individuals achieve personal and professional success in the equine fields

Contact:  Janet Rose
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