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
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.
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.
Jill Chase - HTM
Jill Chase is
the Horse Training & Management program’s newest instructor. She
recently relocated from Norfolk, Nebraska where she was an adjunct equine
instructor for Northeast Community College for three years. Chase has been
involved in the horse business since the age of nine. Her experience
includes working with several reputable trainers. She holds a Bachelor of
Science in Equine Science from Colorado State University. Chase will teach
Horse Production, Equine Reproduction, Equine Management, and Equine
Evaluation courses for LCC.
While growing up, her primary focus was
in dressage, and it later shifted to showing in AQHA. While attending CSU,
Jill competed in IHSA and on the Colorado State horse judging team. As a
competitor, she earned several top awards, including a world championship.
She has spent much of her adult life educating youth, where she
feels she has been most successful. As a 4-H project leader, she has
coached several successful 4-H and FFA state and national champions. Chase
has also coached State 4H Champions in horsemanship and showmanship in
addition to coaching multiple top ten State winners.
She resides in
Wiley, Colorado, with her husband, Shannon, and daughter, Lian, where they
raise and show hunt seat Quarter Horses.
Shannon O'Bryan - Rodeo Coach/Barn
Shannon O’Bryan is entering his third year as head rodeo coach at LCC.
This year, O’Bryan will add to his responsibilities by becoming LCC’s barn
manager. For the past three years, he was directly involved in the HTM
program by teaching courses in Equine Evaluation, Horse Production, and
Equine Management, and assisting in Basic Care & Training courses.
Now, in addition to his coaching and recruiting responsibilities for
rodeo, he maintains the HTM facilities including its indoor and outdoor
arenas, stall barns, and outdoor riding trails.
Bagley, Minnesota, O’Bryan came to LCC on a rodeo scholarship and to
attend its Horse Training & Management program. O’Bryan provides LCC
students with proven experience and success in rodeo. In high school, he
was the 1991 and 1993 Minnesota High School Rodeo Association Team Roping
Champion. Currently, he completes in team ropings across the United
States. He is a #4 Header in United States Team Roping Championships and
was the 2001 Colorado Championships winner in the #6
After graduating from LCC in 1995, he completed his
Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business with a minor in Animal Science
at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU). He was on a rodeo
scholarship at OPSU as well, making the OPSU Dean’s List two semesters and
graduating at the top of his Agri-Business class.
O’Bryan also has
a small cattle operation and horse training business and resides west of
Lamar with his wife, Dawni and their children, Bianca and Braxton.
Brad Malone - HTM Instructor, Ag/Business
Management Program Manager/Instructor
As an Ag producer, Brad Malone knows how rewarding and
frequently demanding Ag production can be. His experience in working as a
lender has given him an equally unique perspective. He brings both these
angles to the Ag/Business Management courses he instructs. Different than
most traditional college courses, the ABM program includes the element of
consulting directly with Ag business owners and operators with classroom
Malone finds it satisfying to assist individuals in
adopting new and successful ideas and techniques in their personal
agricultural businesses. The challenge is to help producers look beyond
their current circumstances and a natural resistance to change in the
midst of difficult economic times.
Formerly a loan officer at the
First National Bank of Las Animas for six years, Malone assists
individuals to sharpen their business skills and plan for their futures.
Malone is currently working toward a Masters Degree in Agriculture from
Colorado State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration with a Finance emphasis from Adams State College.
native to the Wiley area, Malone grew up on an irrigated farm and
understands the passion for farming and ranching. He continues to keep his
hand in agriculture by living and working on his wife’s family farm and
ranch and running cattle of his own. He is married to Stephanie (Smartt)
and they have one son, Quade.
Del Chase - Coordinator of Agricultural
Chase, LCC’s coordinator of agricultural studies, teaches, advises
students, develops curriculum and course delivery models, creates and
improves existing articulation agreements with 4-year institutions,
coordinates recruiting of ag students, and supervises LCC’s ag faculty.
His main emphases outside the classroom have been to continue to
strengthen LCC’s ag programs, in part by developing articulation
agreements with four year colleges and universities, and expand continuing
education courses to the local ag industry.
Chase’s love for
agricultural youth fuels his compassion to make LCC’s agriculture programs
challenging and rewarding. “We have some of the most knowledgeable
instructors that truly care about the success of their students. We
believe that our ag programs are the ‘The Best in the West’,” explains
A resident of McClave for over twenty years, Chase was an ag
education instructor as well as FFA advisor for twenty-one years, sharing
responsibilities with Don Thorne for the last six. During his tenure,
McClave FFA won multiple state and national awards for its innovative and
successful endeavors. A Colorado native, Chase was born and raised in
Flagler. He graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of
Science in Agriculture and a Masters of Agriculture. His wife, Lori, and
daughter, Tatum, reside in McClave and are involved in family ranching and