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Choosing a career and then succeeding at it are not always easy.

But then 17-year-old Casey Cousins wasn't looking for the easy way, just the best way to fill her dreams with success.

Casey has always loved horses, so being a horse trainer is her career choice. To assure her dream will be a success; Casey became the first in the nation to seek a Professional Designation in Horse Training from Austin Education Center. Casey will take nine courses, all online, and all at her convenience.

"I won a scholarship, but I still have to work to pay for my education," says the high school graduate. "So I work in my family's insurance business and study when I can." Casey lives in Vandergrift, PA, but since all courses are online, she does her studying at home instead of traveling to a campus.
"I know I want to train horses, but I'm not positive yet about specializing. I think maybe I'd like to train horses for dressage competition-particularly Andalusians."

Being the first student to enroll in the innovative program, Casey was invited to the Austin Education Center in Weirsdale, Florida, for a weekend of fun and learning. In addition to visiting the world renowned Austin Carriage Museum, Casey got a private lesson on "driving four in hand" from Gloria Austin, founder of the center which is dedicated to the advancement of horses and horsemanship. She also got to visit area farms which raise Andalusians and Thoroughbreds, and she toured the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

How to Train Your Horse for Performance Events is the first course for Casey. She receives her lessons by e-mail and can contact her instructor by e-mail anytime she has a question or needs assistance. She studies at her own pace and when she completes a lesson, she submits a quiz and a narrative report. Her instructor grades her work and sends back comments and suggestions along with a special internet link which opens her next lesson.

Courses required for Casey to get her Professional Designation include: How to Feed for Maximum Performance, How to Select Conformation for Specific Performance, How to Choose Bits and Know Good Shoeing, How to Manage Injury and Disease, How to Prepare for Competition, How to Make Money with Horses and Legal Aspects of Horse Management.

Casey, who started riding when she was eight years old, is presently using her 13-year-old Appaloosa mare as her training project.
While Casey was the first student to enroll, the Professional Designation in Horse Training program is now enrolling students from all over the U.S. and three foreign countries. To learn more about the program, log onto


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