As a graduate, you will be among an elite group of recognized, educated, and respected horsemen and women who have redefined what it means to be a horse trainer. You will have the knowledge and tools to build a successful career doing what you love, without sacrificing your passion for profit.
Who is the Professional Horseman’s School for?
The Professional Horseman's School is for the serious aspiring professionals seeking guidance in building a profitable horse training business. First and foremost, CWH Students are horsemen and women who committed to mastering the art of horsemanship and placing the integrity of the horse at the forefront of their work. They are action takers with a keen attention to detail and a willingness to buck tradition and try new ideas and approaches to redefine what it means to be a horse trainer.
As a Professional Horseman's School Student, You'll Learn...
Every qualified horse trainer must have a thorough process. Each student will immerse themselves, learning and teaching, Colton’s world-class horse training process including: Colt Starting, Problem Solving, Foundation Ground Work and Ridden among others.
Business Management & Marketing
Horses are your passion and now they are how you make a living. Each student will learn the exact processes and systems Colton has utilized to build his training business including finances, marketing, client management and more.
One of the most powerful ways to become a more well-rounded, educated and capable trainer is to be able to coherently articulate your training processes and philosophy. Each candidate within the program will learn how to more effectively teach students so they can better serve their training horse clients and lesson students.
As a true Professional Horseman candidate, you will learn to separate yourself from the competition and optimize your training results through daily care that meets the needs of each horse Mentally, Physically and Emotionally.
From safety to efficiency, it is crucial that every professional understands how to manage their facility with intentionality and purpose. Poor facility management costs trainers thousands of dollars every year and drastically increases liability. Each student will learn what it takes to run a safe, efficient and profitable facility and how to do so.
Accepted applicants are deeply supported by the CWH Team in developing their professional business presence within the marketplace. This will include a website, marketing materials, messaging strategy, client intake processes and more.
How does the program work?
The Professional Horseman's School is an 18-week intensive course that prepares students to launch their business and truly make a living as a respected horseman or woman. Students will progress through the course material through both virtual learning done from their home and in-person modules that are completed at the CWH home facility in Lexington, Kentucky.
Upon completing the coursework, students are tested on their understanding and application of the CWH Training and Business Systems through an in-person evaluation. Students who excel in the evaluation at an exceptional level will be recognized as a CWH Certified Professional Horseman.
Only a select number of students are accepted into the Professional Horseman’s School per session. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served application basis. Accepted applicants will be required to send a deposit to reserve their spot. All money is non-refundable. Absolutely no exceptions.
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What Others Have to Say
"I’m fortunate to know Colton and Maredith. I’m blown away by what they have to offer and this program is like no other. Colton Woods Horsemanship embodies what it means to do good business, be good people, and good horsemen and women — consistently.
If you’re looking to invest in yourself and kickstart your business, take a moment right now and learn about this opportunity."
- Justin Haefner
“Colton understands what it takes to run a successful horse training business: the raw, physical, hands-on side of it, as well as the communications, business marketing and handling customers aspects. He has inspired me to branch away from some of the traditional mentalities of owning and operating a training business, and I can honestly say that I wish I had done so sooner.
It’s inspiring, to say the least, how confidently Colton runs his business, and how patient he is while building its foundation. There seem to be so many young horsemen/women looking to establish their own horse training business with big goals and aspirations to make it in this tough industry. But then they find themselves and their operations stagnant. I’ve found myself feeling in that position many times in my career. Colton has always been a phone call away with new ideas and something to push my business outside of its comfort zone. I’m extremely grateful for the access to his knowledge, experiences, and friendship.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates for the Professional Horseman's School
The 2022 Winter/Spring Professional Horseman's School begins on January 24, May 6, 2022 and will be completed on May 6, 2022.
Where is the Professional Horsemans' School located?
Students will complete their coursework virtually from their home and in-person at the CWH home facility in Lexington, Kentucky.
What is the course schedule?
Weeks 1-6: Virtual
How long is the Professional Horseman's School?
The Professional Horseman's School is a 18-weeks.
Do I need to have a horse to particpate in the Professional Horseman's School?
Yes, all students must have at least two horses to train throughout the duration of the 18-week course.
I do not have horses. Can CWH provide me with horses to use?
No, CWH will not have horses available for students to use during the course.
What paperwork will my horses need?
Do I need to bring my own tack or will it be provided for me?
You must bring your own tack. The following is a list of required equipment that you will need:
Where will my horses be stabled?
Students will be given two 12’x12’ stalls for their horses. Paddock turn out may also be available upon, but is not guarenteed.
What else do I need to bring for my horse?
You must bring the following common medicines and doctoring agents to be used on your horses if necessary:
Is there an additional fee for board during the in-person weeks?
No, Participants may board their horses for no additional fee, subject to the terms of the Professional Horseman's Scool Agreement and Equine Boarding Agreement. You are solely responsible for the care and welfare of your horses, including feeding and watering your horses as well as cleaning stalls, doctoring, and all necessary action to ensure the safety and welfare of your horses.
How will I be expected to dress during the in-person weeks?
Dress is casual, but professional. All students must wear a collared shirt (sun-shirts are acceptable) along with jeans or breeches and a belt when working with their horses. Wear comfortable boots that have a heel.Outside of the arena, shorts of an appropriate legnth and closed-toed shoes are accpetable. We also recommend bringing a rain jacket and pair of mud boots for when it rains.
Are my family and friends allowed to come to watch me train and work my horses?
Your friends and family are welcome to visit you on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday only) if training sessions are not being held. They are not allowed at the facility during the week or anytime that training sessions are being held. Any visitors who disrupt training or behave in a manner CWH deems inappropriate or unwelcome, are prohibited from being on the property at any time.
At what point is my money non-refundable?
Once we receive your Application and conduct your Interview, CWH will send you an Enrollment Agreement to review and sign. Once CWH receives your signed Enrollement Agreement, you will be sent written confirmation that you have secured participation in the Professional Horseman's School and your money will then be non-refundable. Applicants have 7 days from the date of receipt of the Enrollment Agreement to return the signed document or the slot will be released to the next applicant.
What are the housing options available to me during the in-person weeks?
Participants are required to secure their own housing. RV hookups and/or dry camping are not available at the CWH facility. Lexington, Kentucky offers numerous housing options for guests including Airbnbs, hotels, camping at the Kentucky Horse Park, short-term residential leases, etc.
Will food be provided and will there be a place to prepare food?
What is required to graduate and become certified as a Professional Horseman?
Do you offer a tuition payment plan or financing options?
How much is tution to attend the Professional Horseman's School?
Tuition is $25,000
How do I pay my tuition?
Students are able to pay their tution via cash, cashiers check or wire transfer.
Payments made via credit card or through online payment services will be accepted and are subject to additional processing fees (approximately 4%).