Meet the Horse Training & Management Faculty
Life experiences can radically change how we perceive ourselves and our lives; they can also enrich them. When teachers share their experience and bring skills to others, this enrichment becomes magnified. Lamar Community College Horse Training & Management students receive the benefit of learning from industry leaders.
J.J. Rydberg – HTM Program Manager
Lamar Community College’s 2006 Faculty of the Year, J.J. Rydberg joined the Lamar Community College faculty as a Horse Training & Management Instructor in August of 2000. Prior to his employment at LCC, he spent most of his professional life training horses and competing in professional rodeo. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Adams State College (Alamosa, CO) in Physical Education, J.J. spent fifteen years in the professional rodeo circuit as a calf roper. For most of those years, J.J. was ranked in the Top 20 in the world, winning many prestigious rodeos along the way. Rydberg started his own business training horses and teaching roping students in 1984. In the ensuing years, he trained and showed two American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Calf-Roping Event World Champion horses and was, himself, a judge at cuttings. In addition to roping horses, he trained cutting and barrel racing champions as well. One was a finalist for AQHA World Show Jr. Cutting champion and won the Western States Cutting Challenge. J.J. has also shown Futurity and halter horses successfully.
As a second-generation professional trainer, he knows what he teaches from a practical and theoretical standpoint. A gifted teacher, he has been instrumental in restructuring the HTM program to include two Associates of Applied Science majors in Training and Horsemanship & Management and several certificates of study.
- J.J. Rydberg selected 2006 LCC Faculty of the Year
- Faculty Association Handout: J.J. Rydberg profile
Jason Kravig – HTM Instructor
Jason Kravig is an integral part of the Horse Training & Management program. Although he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ag Business and Agronomy from Oklahoma Panhandle State University , he has been training horses professionally since he was in the fifth grade. After graduating from Karval High School (Karval, Colorado) he spent three years training cutting horses and rodeoing before choosing to earn his degree and returned to his craft after its completion.
During his years of training horses, he found opportunities to learn from world champion trainers, gaining insight for his own training techniques. Many leading trainers acted as mentors as he continued to gain experience and hone his methods. He sees lead instructor JJ Rydberg’s and his theories on training parallel, being alike in teaching LCC’s HTM students, but leaving room for continuous improvement in the program.
Jason continues to operate his own training business outside of Lamar, Colorado.