Equine study begins with an emphasis on the mechanism of the horse, along with a strong commitment to traditional horsemanship and the workings of rider position. Students participate in hands-on learning through unique research and work opportunities, from performing equine health-related research studies to assisting at A-rated Horse Shows.
Our 120-acre riding center has indoor and outdoor arenas and a cross-country course that serve as venues for competitions and hands-on training. Winning 17 national championships since 2001, the College’s IHSA, IDA and ANRC teams offer opportunities for students to gain expertise in hunters, jumpers and dressage. Riding is open to all students at Emory & Henry, regardless of their major or level of riding.
The four-year, 124-hour degree programs offer maximum flexibility with extensive elective hours so that students can enroll in additional equine classes, explore courses in other concentrations, or pursue a double major or minor in complementary fields such as business, creative writing or photography. Students may also choose a minor in Equine Studies and pursue a major in alternate program.
Now under the care of Emory & Henry College, the 120-acre riding center (off I-81, exit 10) has indoor and outdoor arenas and a cross-country course suitable for competitions and hands-on training.
Facilities include a state-of-the-art riding center, surrounded by rolling hills and stunning landscapes. The college provides 40 quality school horses, but students are welcome to bring their own horses when space is available.
At Virginia Intermont, the Equine Studies curriculum offered a broad range of courses in teaching, schooling, horse show/stable management, anatomy, first aid and equine nutrition. Equine Studies began with an emphasis on the mechanism of the horse, along with a strong commitment to traditional horsemanship and the workings of rider position. Students gained horse industry expertise in hunters, hunter seat equitation, jumpers, dressage, combined training, barn management, and health-related issues through courses in teaching, schooling, barn/show management, anatomy, first aid and equine nutrition. The program attracted students from across the U.S. and several foreign countries, and took a balanced approach to education. Virgina Intermont College ceased offering academic programs in spring of 2014. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has approved the Equine Studies degree program for inclusion in Emory & Henry College's regional accreditation. Whereas up to now only students transferring directly from Virginia Intermont College could graduate from the Equine Studies program, from now on any qualified current or new Emory & Henry student can graduate with a B.A. or B.S. in Equine Studies.
Current students interested in majoring in Equine Studies should contact Equine Studies Department Chair Dr. Patty Graham-Thiers at . Prospective students interested in Equine Studies should contact the Admissions Office.