The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has agreed to include an equine studies degree within the scope of the accreditation it has granted for Emory & Henry College.
With this approval, Emory & Henry now has integrated fully the equestrian program that was once at Virginia Intermont in Bristol, Va. into its curriculum and athletic life.
Prior to this approval only students transferring directly from Virginia Intermont could graduate from the equine studies program. Now any qualified current or new E&H student can graduate with a B.A. or B.S. in equine studies.
It's worth noting that less than eight months ago we began discussions about taking over the VI equestrian program. Now the academic program is a fully integrated part of the Emory & Henry curriculum, and the Intermont Equestrian competitive riding program has very quickly become a very successful part of our athletic program.Dave Haney Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emory & Henry
Emory & Henry College announced June 17, 2014 that it was taking over the management and ownership of Virginia Intermont College's equestrian operation and facilities, which has become known as Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College and is located approximately 20 minutes from Emory & Henry’s main campus.
The riding program follows in the footsteps of the prestigious record of Virginia Intermont, which includes 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.
The equine studies curriculum offers a broad range of courses in teaching, schooling, horse show and stable management, anatomy, first aid and equine nutrition. The program has a history of attracting students from across the U.S. and several foreign countries.