Assistant Professor, Equestrian Studies
B.A. Rocky Mountain College
Scott Neuman has, at one time or another, taught each of the riding classes since becoming a faculty member in the RMC Equestrian Program in 1991. He is a cheerful, morning presence at the equestrian facility as he currently teaches Hunter Seat Equitation, Fundamental Horsemanship III and IV, and Advanced Training.
Along side his pursuit of a master's degree, Scott also maintains a training facility for show horses. Specializing in the all-around horse for amateurs and youth, Scott has shown and coached numerous horses and riders to place in the top ten at all of the prestigious national Quarter Horse and APHA shows with a couple of Reserve World Champions to his credit. At the AQHA World Show in November 2000, Scott showed fellow RMC instructor Marilyn Randall's horse, The Shmoozer, to a top ten finish in Western Riding. When driving to horse shows ceases to amuse, Scott takes to the air in order to complete AQHA and NSBA judging assignments throughout the U.S. and Canada. He currently serves as an AQHA National Director and was a past Montana Quarter Horse Association Vice President. Scott coached the Canadian World Cup Youth Team at the AQHA World Cup in Dubbo, Australia in June 2004 and Amarillo, TX in 2006 and 2010. He lives in Billings with his wife Amy, daughter Elise and son Evan.
- Fundamental Horsemanship 3 & 4
- Hunter Seat Equitation 1 & 2
- Advanced Training 1 - 4
What advice do you have for prospective students?
I advise students to hit the ground running and never look back. The horse business requires a 24-hour commitment, but pursuring a career doing something you love is one of the smartest decisions you can ever make. Take advantage of every opportunity the college provides.
How long have you worked at RMC?
I started in 1991 as a working student teaching as an adjunct. In 1995 I assumed a full-time role. So in one way or another I have been teaching at RMC for 20 years.
What is your favorite class to teach and why?
I like teaching them all, but right now it is the Hunter Seat Equitation. Teaching students and horses to jump successfully is very rewarding. It is also a challenge as many of the students have little or no experience in this class, so every day poses new and exciting scenarios.
What is on your iPod?
I pretty much listen to everything except rap. Most days I start with an upbeat playlist and tone it down as the day goes, but some days I end with the upbeat stuff too.
What do you do outside of class?
I am pretty much consumed with horse activities. I show, judge and volunteer at both the state and national level so that keeps me really busy. When I do have time away from horse activities it is always spent with my family. We hike and ski and basically just enjoy each other's company.
What is your favorite getaway location?
Judging and showing has allowed me to travel a bunch so honestly the best place in the world is my home on a cold winter day when its too cold to ride. I spend the day with my family, read a book and watch TV.