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Iola Else, M.S.

Equine Studies Instructor

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Business & Technology Building 218


Iola "Olie," Else has been involved with the Equine and Natural Horsemanship Program since its inception and first classes in 2000. Else served as UMW's Rodeo Coach and Faculty Advisor for over thirty years and was named the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Coach of the year in 2004 and 2018. Olie is the only woman that has ever won the award. Under Else's direction, UMW was a national rodeo power and had seven National Champions and many top ten finishes at the College National Finals. Montana Western Rodeo was a Big Sky Region power. Else retired from her coaching duties in 2018, but continues to teach in the Equine Program and serves as Department Chair. Olie is the campus liaison for the MCH and La Cense Montana. Else meets with new recruits and is the primary advisor for Natural Horsemanship students. Olie teaches the Introduction to Equine Studies class, Herd Behavior, and oversees the student internships and theses. She was inducted in the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame in 2018 and was  inducted into the 2019 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. Olie is the faculty advisor for Young Farmers and Ranchers and her club is a recipient of the Presidential Award. She is passionate about agriculture and raises cattle and horses.