The Emory & Henry Equestrian Program

Whether students are seeking to earn a college degree in equine studies or to ride competitively at the collegiate level, Emory & Henry College (E&H) is the perfect place for them to graduate with a top-notch, private, liberal arts education in Southwest Virginia.

E&H students start learning, doing and connecting-enabling them to become a valuable part of the equestrian industry.

Creating National Champions

The E&H Equestrian Program boasts 19 national championships since 2001. Emory & Henry’s IHSA, IDA and ANRC teams offer opportunities for students to gain competitive experience in hunters, jumpers, equitation and dressage. Emory & Henry offers a B.A., B.S., and a minor in Equine Studies-and a pre-professional program for pre-veterinary studies.

Students participate in hands-on learning through research and work opportunities, including equine health-related research to assisting at A-rated Horse Shows. The curriculum offers a range of courses in teaching, schooling, horse show management, judging, stable management, anatomy, first aid and equine nutrition.

Equine studies begins with an emphasis on the mechanism of the horse, along with a strong commitment to traditional horsemanship and the workings of rider position. Students participate in hands-on learning through unique research and work opportunities, from performing equine health-related research studies to assisting at A-rated Horse Shows.

Producing Successful Graduates

Graduates from the E&H equestrian program succeed in careers ranging from instructors, trainers and barn managers to professional riders. They also enter veterinary medicine or achieve positions of industry leadership, including management positions at the U.S.

Equestrian Federation. “Starting from humble beginnings, I owe my successful employment to the program and their connections. Riding of this level wouldn’t have been possible without the coaching of Heather and Lisa. When you say you graduated from Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry people take notice in this industry,” says 2016 graduate Megan Wilson-Bost.

Best Value Schools named E&H’s Equestrian Center one of the “20 Most Amazing College Equestrian Centers” in the nation. The center is home to competitions and hands-on training on 120 acres (off I-81, exit 10) surrounded by rolling hills and landscapes. The college provides 50 quality school horses and students are welcome to bring their own horses.

Features of the center include both 250 x 150-foot and 200 x 100-foot indoor arenas, a 350 x 200-foot outdoor arena, the A.J. Coyle Memorial Cross-Country Course, a 28-stall boarder barn, horse trailers and vans, large grass paddocks, tack rooms, USA Equestrian regulation jumps, more than 80 box stalls, wash stalls with hot and cold water, laundry facilities, and a classroom/viewing room.

About the Author
Leah Prater is Assistant Director of Admissions Promotion & Events at Emory & Henry College. Located in the Highlands of Virginia, Emory & Henry has devoted itself since 1836 to the belief that education can have a transformative effect on an individual, a place and ultimately the wider world.