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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:

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

You take the same introductory level courses during your 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
  • 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 hold advanced degrees in science, business, or education.

Centenary’s nationally recognized Equestrian Center offers both academic classes and riding instruction. Located on 65 acres of picturesque, preserved farmland, the Equine Center is 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, 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’ll 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 your 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

Courses

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Equine Studies

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Equine Studies

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Equestrian Media and Public Relations

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Equine Business Management

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Equine Training & Instruction

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Equine Science

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Animal Health (Pre-Vet Track)

University Catalog


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.

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.