News & Updates

Harmony With Horses

Over the course of a fall semester at Montana Western, seven Natural Horsemanship Classes will be taught at the Montana Center for Horsemanship. There are days during the Fall Semester when the first Horsemanship Class of the day will begin at 8:15am and the final Horsemanship Class will end at 7:30pm. A typical day begins at 7:00am. The horses are being fed, the arenas are being drug, and the students start arriving. By 8:00am, students and horses are headed towards the arena. At 8:15am, the call to “gather up” sounds and the class begins.

MCH Celebration

MCH MCH Board Members and Owners of LaCense Montana, William & Loraine Kriegel
On October 5th, 2017, the Montana Center for Horsemanship opened it's doors to celebrate the completion of the Phase I Development. Almost two hundred individuals from the community of Dillon, the University of Montana Western, and surrounding regions in Montana, arrived at the Montana Center for Horsemanship on Thursday October 5th, to participate in the unveiling of the Indoor Arena.


DILLON, Mont., April 15, 2016 — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will help celebrate the expansion of the Montana Center for Horsemanship (MCH) Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 3 p.m.

The groundbreaking ceremony at the Dillon, Mont. facility will feature remarks by Gov. Bullock followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking and tours of the center which includes a new 300x200 indoor arena.  

Natural Horsemanship Students Published in Cowgirl Magazine

University of Montana Western natural horsemanship students WesleyAnn Johnson and Kelly Wieman were recently published in Cowgirl magazine.

The January/February edition of the national publication includes the students’ article, “Mustang Misconceptions.”

Johnson wrote the article which includes Wieman’s photography as part of a class assignment in which students spent several days in the Pryor Mountains studying wild mustangs.

Press Release: Natural Horsemanship Instructor Option Added

DILLON, Mont., Jan. 29, 2016 – University of Montana Western Interim Provost Sylvia Moore announced today the addition of an instruction option to the university’s natural horsemanship program beginning in Fall 2016.

“This new option fulfills a significant need in the equine industry for properly trained and certified equine instruction,” Olie Else, equine studies chair, said. “It is important that we train the upcoming generation to observe and teach safe and effective horsemanship.”