From riding instruction to equine anatomy, Laura Reed-Doleski, Program Director and Assistant Professor, M.Ed., is teaching equine management majors about turning their love of horses into successful careers. She, herself, has been riding horses since the age of seven and enjoys training future industry leaders through the integration of science and business.
Finding her horse sense
“In 2006, I graduated from Springfield College. While working on my master’s degree, I took many courses in the sports-related field, which I enjoyed,” she said. “Having a love for sports and working with athletes resulted in my decision to pursue an advanced degree in this field. I am now enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of San Diego for Sport Psychology.”
In the classroom and at Ridgetop Farm, Reed-Doleski emphasizes a hands-on education. The practical experience that her students learn is applied to off-campus internships, horse shows, and riding competitions, so students build specific skills and technical expertise. Upon graduation, students are highly qualified for a wide-variety of opportunities in the equine industry.
Expertise in equine industry
When Reed-Doleski started riding horses at a young age, she also began competing at the 4H and local levels. Eventually, she advanced to the National and World Championship in the Hunter Pleasure and Hunt Seat Equitation divisions. At the age of 17, she earned the title of “Hunt Seat Equitation World Champions.” And, as former Head Coach of the women’s equestrian team, Reed-Doleski led the team to two Regional Championships in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. With her expertise in the classroom and, in the arena, Reed-Doleski is well-prepared to take students to the next level in their careers.