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Program Description

The equine industry is as diverse and interesting as the incredible animals you will work with in our program.

Centenary University’s Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies will provide you with a comprehensive background in the care and management of horses. As an Equine Studies major, you will have the opportunity to choose from one or more of the following degrees:

  • BS in Equine Studies
  • BS in Equine Studies: Equestrian Media and Public Relations
  • Equine Studies: Equine Business Management
  • Equine Studies: Equine Training & Instruction
  • BS in Equine Science
  • BS in Animal Health (Pre-Vet Track)
  • Equine Studies Minor in conjunction with a Bachelor of Science Degree

All students take the same introductory level courses during their freshman year and choose a degree during sophomore year. The Equine Studies curriculum covers topics including riding theory and training concepts, facility design and management, equine systems and disorders, and equine business management. Our equine faculty consists of veterinarians, USEF judges and stewards, equine nutritionists, course designers, show managers, attorneys, trainers, and a PATH Advanced Instructor, many of whom hold advanced degrees in science, business, or education.

Interested in visiting the Equine Center?  Click here for directions.

Both academic classes and riding instruction are offered at Centenary’s nationally recognized Equestrian Center, located on 65 acres of picturesque, preserved farmland about seven miles from our main campus.

A Career with Horses

In addition to its strong academic foundation, Centenary’s Equine Studies program places an emphasis on real-world experiences. Internships are available at breeding and training stables, veterinary practices and clinics, therapeutic riding programs, equine publications, pharmaceutical companies, public relations and marketing firms, and lesson facilities.

Our graduates routinely find employment with top equestrian centers and equine organizations in the United States and beyond. In recent years, our graduates have gone on to work at organizations including Spruce Meadows, Zoetis, CWD, Devocoux, Horse Flight, Brook Ledge, The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Breyer, Smart Pak, B.W. Furlong and Associates, and beyond.

You will find our Equine Studies majors working in positions ranging across the equine industry including the following:

  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Farm/Stable/Practice Manager
  • Advertising
  • Equine Insurance
  • Publications
  • Training/Riding
  • Riding Instructor
  • Magazine Writer
  • Sales
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Tack Shop
  • Blanket
  • Feed
  • Photographer
  • Horse Auditor
  • Judge
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing

A Program for All

Centenary’s Equine Studies program offers a number of opportunities for our students varied needs and interests:

  • A 16-credit Equine Studies minor covering topics including:
    • Riding
    • Management
    • Equine health
  • Centenary is an approved training center for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International
    • 10 credit elective that leads to PATH International therapeutic riding instructor certification
  • Riding classes for Non- equine students
  • The opportunity to board a horse at the Equestrian Center

Internships & Jobs

Internship Opportunities

Our students are often placed in unique learning opportunities through our internship program.  The following is a list of the more popular internships offered.

Breyer Model Horses

B.W. Furlong and Associates

Chronicle of the Horse

Kentucky Equine Management


Mountain Pointe

Phelps Media Group


United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)

United States Equestrian Team (USET)



Many other organizations, Hunter/Jumper professionals, and Dressage professionals.

Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.

Riding Equipment

Riding equipment is necessary for all Equine Studies majors, minors, and elective riders. All items listed are required unless noted as optional.

Fitness Test

In order to help each rider succeed and progress, and ensure the safety of our students and horses while doing so, each student in the riding program will be required to pass a fitness test annually.

In Stride magazine feature article

Read "Riding In College: An Enriching Experience" and "Reflections of a Team Captain". Both articles feature Centenary University and our fine Equestrian Athletes.