UMW News BureauThe brand new Montana Center for Horsemanship (MCH) will be hosting an open house on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. UMW News Bureau The brand new Montana Center for Horsemanship (MCH) will be hosting an open house on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The MCH is located 1.5 miles south of Dillon on Highway 91. Turn right at the green Montana Center for Horsemanship sign. The University of Montana Western Equine Studies Department, which offers the nation’s only four-year natural horsemanship degree, began offering natural horsemanship skills classes at the MCH in August 2011. The center is currently in phase one construction and is owned and operated by a private, non-profit foundation. As the center develops it will also be available to other community functions and tenets as well as to the Montana Western rodeo team for practice. The new facility will provide a unique number of benefits to Montana Western students, including a full-size outdoor arena (150’x300’), individual horse boarding in a 20’x60’ (12’x20’ covered) pen, individual tack lockers under the covered pen, feeding horses and clean pens. Long-term trailer parking and short-term parking for vehicles is also planned. Since 2004, the University has operated the unique and highly successful natural horsemanship program in close partnership with La Cense Montana. Until the new indoor area is constructed, Montana Western students will continue to use the La Cense full-sized indoor arena during inclement weather with transportation of horses being provided by Montana Western.