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Equine Studies and Riding Teams

Virginia Intermont College was among the first to offer a bachelor’s degree program in equine studies. Now, students can choose a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree track, or select double majors that add expertise such as business or photography.

Attracting students from across the U.S. and several foreign countries, Virginia Intermont takes a balanced approach to education. Equine study begins with traditional horsemanship, an emphasis on the mechanism of the horse, and the workings of rider position. Students gain horse industry expertise in hunters, hunter seat equitation, jumpers, dressage, combined training, barn management, and health-related issues through courses in teaching, schooling, barn/show management, anatomy, first aid and equine nutrition.

Facilities include a state-of-the-art riding center, with indoor arenas and a cross-country course, situated on 120 acres of rolling hills and stunning landscapes. The college provides 65 quality school horses, but students are welcome to bring their own horses when space is available.