Equestrian Studies

About Equestrian Studies

Wilson College offers two concentrations within the Equestrian Studies major: Equine Management and Equestrian Management.

Equine Management Concentration
The student interested primarily in the management of a barn will select the Equine Management concentration. This program directs the student's interests to the mechanics of running a stable and the handling of horses within a barn, including practical stable management.  The Equine Management concentration requires two business-related courses.

Equestrian Management Concentration 
The student primarily interested in riding and the teaching of riding will select the Equestrian Management concentration. The program improves skills in riding and provides an education focused on teaching. In addition to equestrian courses, both concentrations include courses in biology, psychology, physical education, and veterinary medical technology. The Equestrian Management concentration also requires an educational psychology course.

All students who wish to ride are evaluated and classified as beginner, novice, intermediate, or advanced according to their demonstrated skills. Students are grouped with riders of comparable skills in small classes. Equitation is considered a physical education activity and, as such, earns one-half course credit.

All students, regardless of major, may take as many equitation courses as their schedules can accommodate. The student in the Equestrian Management track may apply a maximum of three and one-half equitation course credits (seven semesters) toward graduation requirements. Other majors and students concentrating in equine management may apply not more than one and one-half course credits (three semesters) toward graduation requirements.

Wilson College emphases a classical approach to balanced seat riding. Equestrian Studies Students are trained to be in self carriage with independent aids and seat such that they can influence the horse with maximum sensitivity and harmony with an emphasis on riding the horse correctly from back to front in all the disciplines. After mastery of the mechanics and schooling figures, riders are trained to influence and reshape their horses with patience and professionalism as they will in their careers. There is no emphasis on the short quick fix in any discipline.

Contact Information

Ann O'Shallie 
Department Chair
717-264-4141  ext. 3202

If you experience a problem while attempting to submit your application for admission, please call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-421-8402