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Equine Studies

Virginia Intermont College offers a premier four-year equine studies and competitive riding program, educating future horsemen and women who will contribute to the equine industry in many different capacities. The Equine Studies curriculum offers a broad range of courses in teaching, schooling, horse show/stable management, anatomy, first aid and equine nutrition.

Equine study 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 the A-rated VI Classic Horse Show.

Our 120-acre riding center has indoor and outdoor arenas and a cross-country course that serve as venues for competitions and hands-on training.  Winning 15 national championships since 2001, the College’s IHSA, IDA and ANRC teams offer opportunities for students to gain expertise in hunters, jumpers and dressage.  Riding is open to all students at VI, regardless of their major or level of riding.

Areas of Concentration and Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor in Equine Studies
  • Minor in Equine-Assisted Growth & Learning

The four-year, 124-hour degree programs offer maximum flexibility with extensive elective hours so that students can enroll in additional equine classes, explore courses in other concentrations, or pursue a double major or minor in complementary fields such as business, creative writing or photography. Students may also choose a minor in Equine Studies or in the EAGALA endorsed Equine-Assisted Therapy & Learning program.

What can you do with a degree in equine studies?

  • Graduate or professional studies
  • Facility and event management
  • Instruction and training
  • Professional riding
  • Industry leadership and advisory board positions
  • Work for equine publications, in the feed industry, and other peripheral equine industries such as animal pharmaceuticals

Download the PDF below for an overview of the equine studies major, course requirements and course descriptions:

For an in-depth look at all our majors, please refer to our catalog (pdf).


Lisa Moosmueller-Terry, B.A.
B.A., Virginia Intermont College

Heather McCloud, B.A.
B.A., Virginia Intermont College

Patty Graham-Thiers, Ph.D.
B.S., University of Massachusetts
M.S., University of Florida
Ph.D., Virginia Tech