Emory & Henry College announced June 17, 2014 that it is taking over the mangagement and ownership of Virginia Intermont College's equestrian operation and facilities, which will now be known as Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College. Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College is looking to the future to preserve this strong program. Beginning in the spring of 2015, Emory & Henry will offer an equine studies major for new students pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
"The program is now called Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, and the equestrian center will remain at its current location in Bristol, Va., about 20 minutes from Emory & Henry’s main campus in Emory, Va. The current faculty members—Lisa Moosmueller-Terry, director of the equestrian center and head riding coach; equine studies program director Patty Graham-Thiers; and equine studies instructor and coach Heather McCloud—are staying. Emory & Henry has signed a new lease with equestrian center landowners Don and Etta Nicewonder.
Lisa Slade, The Chronicle of the Horse
Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College now offers a competitive riding program. The riding program follows in the footsteps of the prestigious record of Virginia Intermont which includes 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 E&H, regardless of their major or level of riding.
A top-rated program in the country, winning 17 national championships since 2001:
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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. Emory & Henry is currently offering the degree program to transfer students from Virginia Intermont and equine courses to any student who meets the prerequsites.