Reno, Nevada – January 8, 2018 – Maplewood Training Stables, Inc., owned and operated by CEO Julie Winkel, received full term licensing on December 21 from the Commission on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the licensing authority for the oversight of private postsecondary educational institutions operating in Nevada.
Acquiring this license is a major milestone for Maplewood’s Horse Industry Training Program (HITP), a two-year postsecondary educational program that specializes in producing professional and knowledgeable horsemen and horsewomen. The school received provisional licensing in May of 2016 and then fulfilled the requirements for full term licensure in 2017.
“The program is unique, and we wanted to pursue full licensing so our students could achieve all of the benefits possible through their postsecondary educational pursuits,” said Winkel. “We’re thrilled that Maplewood’s HITP has met the rigorous standards set forth by the state of Nevada, and, to my knowledge, is the only program of its kind in the country to receive such a license.”
Maplewood’s Horse Industry Training Program is a comprehensive, hands-on program that encompasses a wide variety of opportunities for students, including classroom lectures, clinics with leading industry professionals, daily riding instruction, stable management and horse care.
Students are involved in all aspects of Maplewood’s wide-ranging equine business, which includes a sport horse breeding operation that stands two top grand prix show jumping stallions, breeding management, foaling, young horse training and sales.
In addition, Maplewood’s extensive annual calendar of events, such as United States Equestrian Federation and United States Hunter Jumper Association approved clinics, ensures that students have the opportunity to learn and become involved in many aspects of the industry. Students are also involved in event management, children’s and adult riding camps, horse show management, hunter/jumper course design and judging. Through these events, students are also able to assist with promotion, marketing, public relations and management for a well-rounded and thorough experience in all aspects of an equine business.
“One of our goals is to help our students discover their niches in the equine industry,” said Winkel. “While riding and training horses are often the initial reasons a young person wants to spend his or her life in the industry, there are really a multitude of ways one can enjoy a career with horses. We’re fortunate to be able to offer our students the opportunity to explore many different career paths all in one location and with exposure to many top professionals in various fields of expertise.”
Maplewood’s HITP runs on a semester system in six-month increments, and on-site housing is available. Students who complete two or more years in the program will receive job placement assistance in the industry. Past graduates of the HITP, previously referred to as an internship program, are now professional riders, trainers and event managers.
Maplewood’s staff includes Winkel, the HITP director and an industry leader as an educator, horse breeder, competitor, judge and clinician, as well as those with expertise in horse training, teaching, stable management, horse care and media and marketing.
“We’re thrilled to have received this license and will now work toward further accreditation opportunities to continue to help our students pursue their dreams in the horse industry,” said Winkel.