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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 concentrations:

  • Equine Business Management
  • Riding Instruction
  • Training the Horse
  • Communication for the Equine Industry
  • Equine Science

All students take the same introductory level courses during their freshman year and choose a concentration 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 Master 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 20-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

Courses

Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • AFC 1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary I | (4)
  • CAT II | Mathematics | (4)
  • WRI 1001/1002 | Composition & Rhetoric I or Composition & Rhetoric II | (4)
  • EST 1010 | Practical Horse Management I | (4)
  • EST | Riding Skills or Elective 2
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts | (4)
  • WRI 1002/2012 | Composition & Rhetoric II or Advanced Composition | (4)
  • EST 1011 | Fundamental Theories of Riding | (4)
  • EST 1012 | Practical Horse Management II | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Humanities | (4)
  • EST 2010 | Basic Concepts of Training the Horse | (4)
  • EST 2012 | Equine Health I | (4)
  • EST | Riding Skills or Elective 2
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Literature | (4)
  • CAT IV | Social and Behavioral Science | (4)
  • CAT V | Laboratory Science | (4)
  • EST 2011 | Equine Facilities Management | (4)

    TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS: 64


    Notes:
    1. To earn an associate’s degree, all graduates must successfully complete 64 credit hours.
    2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
    3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
    4. All graduates must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
    5. Students will be guided by the degree audit sheet in effect at the time they declare specific major(s).
    6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.

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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
http://www.breyerhorses.com/

B.W. Furlong and Associates
http://www.bwfurlongandassociates.com/

Chronicle of the Horse
http://www.chronofhorse.com/

Kentucky Equine Management
http://www.kemi.org/

Mid-Atlantic
http://www.midatlanticequine.com

Mountain Pointe
http://www.mountainpointeequine.com

Phelps Media Group
http://www.phelpsmediagroup.com 

SmartPak
http://www.smartpakequine.com

United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
http://www.usef.org/

United States Equestrian Team (USET)
http://www.uset.org

Weatherbeeta
http://www.weatherbeeta.com/

Zoetis
https://www.zoetis.com/ 

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.

Equine Open House

Come to Centenary University’s main campus and world-class equine center to meet with our faculty and riding team coaches as well as current students and team members. Learn more about the admissions process, financial aid and scholarship opportunities and why Centenary’s Equine program is the place for you.

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.