Meet the Horse Training & Management and Equine Business 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 and Equine Business Management students receive the benefit of learning from industry leaders
Ryan Bray is the instructor for the Horse Training and Management program. He is also an HTM alumni. While at LCC, he completed an internship with JJ Rydberg, which was focused on calf roping and colt starting. Since graduating in 2004, he has been starting colts for area ranches, competing in ranch rodeos, and operating a cow-calf ranch. With thousands of hours spent riding colts while working cattle on large ranches, Ryan has the experience needed to help students develop the colts into horses that have a solid foundation while also preparing students for what is expected of them in the industry. After graduating from the HTM program, students will have the skills and work ethic necessary to become gainfully employed in the horse training industry and continue to grow their skills.
Savanna Mauch is the instructor for the Equine Business Management program. Savanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a Master of Education degree from South Dakota State University. Throughout her life, Savanna has been very involved in the equine world and education within it. While at SDSU, Savanna was on the Equestrian Team and assisted in managing the horse facility and teaching undergraduate courses covering equine anatomy, health and disease, management, reproduction, and training. Savanna strives to help students become well rounded in their knowledge and continue to grow to become leaders of the equine industry. Students completing the EBM program will be well equipped to work within the many areas of the equine industry including management, reproduction, sales, outreach, and education.
Holly Hopkins is the Horse Program Assistant. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine and Ranch Management from Feather River College and a Master of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis on Equine Reproduction at Missouri State University. In 2020, she worked as an Intern for Lee Stock Horse and was able to train her horse to show in the Snaffle Bit Futurities in Reno, Nevada and NRCHA Idaho. Holly placed 5th in the limited Non-Pro at Reno. She had gained more experience starting colts and selling horses while working as the student vet tech and barn manager at Feather River College where she found she enjoyed working with students. During her time at MSU, she taught lectures and labs in Introduction to Riding, Equine Reproduction, Physiology, and colt starting. There she found her passion to teach others.