If you’re in high school, you’re probably thinking about where you’d like to go to college. And if you’re horsey, you might be thinking about going to a college that offers equestrian degrees. We look at four colleges and the equestrian degrees they offer.
Midway College is located about 10 miles away from Lexington, Ky., right in the middle of the beautiful bluegrass. Midway offers degree programs in business, nursing and teaching, and, for horsey folks like you, it has a Bachelors of Science degree in Equine Science which concentrates on Health and Rehabilitation and a Bachelors of Arts degree which concentrates on Equine Management. It also offers an Associates of Arts degree in Equine Management.
Attend Midway College and you can take classes like equine anatomy and physiology, equine industry, equine science, equine lameness, farm records management, equine law and equine behavior.
Midway’s barn is a short walk away from campus. It features indoor and outdoor arenas and 70 acres of pasture. Midway has both hunt seat and western riding Intercollegiate Horse Show teams. It also has hunt seat and western teams which compete in local shows.
Learn more about Midway College by visiting midway.edu.
Georgetown College is also located in the Bluegrass, about five minutes north of the Kentucky Horse Park. It offers more than 70 majors, minors and academic programs.
While Georgetown College doesn’t offer any equestrian degrees, it does have a unique program for horsey students called Equine Scholars. So while you’re getting a liberal arts education at Georgetown College, you can also take part in a comprehensive array of interesting equine experiences.
The Equine Scholars Program mixes classroom theory, equine activities and career planning to help you get a job related to the horse industry.
As an Equine Scholar you’ll go on horsey field trips, attend lectures, volunteer for equine activities, sign up for internships and participate in networking opportunities.
As an Equine Scholar, you might intern at a horse magazine or assist a veterinarian at a local equine clinic. Several Equine Scholars interned with the management team of the World Equestrian Games!
Georgetown College doesn’t have its own riding facility, but the Equine Scholars staff will help you find a boarding barn if you plan to bring your own horse to school or they will help you select a suitable lesson barn where you can improve your riding skills.
Learn more about the Equine Scholar Program by visiting georgetowncollege.edu.
The University of Findlay
If you want to get a degree that has something to do with horses, the University of Findlay, located in northwest Ohio, has plenty to offer you!
If you want to study equine management, Findlay’s program combines fundamental equine science courses and business administration. This is a degree for the student who wants to pursue a career in the horse industry other than training.
You’ll study equine marketing, business, law, accounting, communications and economics. You’ll also learn about equine nutrition and reproduction. Elective courses include equine preventative medicine, physiology, farm equipment management and land management.
Findlay’s riding center is located four miles away from campus. The 32-acre facility has two indoor arenas, an outdoor arena and a grass jumping field. Bring your own horse to Findlay or ride a lesson horse. University of Findlay has western and English teams in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and its home to a vaulting club.
Check out what University of Findlay has to offer horse-crazy students at findlay.edu.
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar College is a college for women located in western Virginia. Sweet Briar offers more than 40 major, minor and certificate degree programs in subjects including the sciences, math, pre-medicine, pre-veterinarian, law, languages, theatre and many more.
Sweet Briar also offers an equine management certificate which has two concentrations: management and teaching and schooling. Core courses include accounting, fundamentals of management, marketing and basic horse care. Additional requirements for the teaching and schooling concentration include student teaching requirements, theory and practice of training horses, riding and teaching and psychology.
The college also has a riding center located within walking distance of campus on 100 acres of rolling hills. The center has indoor and outdoor arenas and a hunter trials course. Bring your own horse to Sweet Briar or take lessons on a school horse. Sweet Briar fields an Intercollegiate Horse Association team, hunter/jumper teams and a cross-country riding team.
For more information about Sweet Briar College, visit sbc.edu.