TENNESSEE EQUINE PROGRAMS



Hiwassee College



is located in Madisonville, Tennessee, and offers a B.S. in Equine Science and a B.A. in Equine Management and Training. The College also offers an A.A.S. in Agri-Business Technology and an A.A.S. in Business-Entrpreneurship (online). The Asssociate's Degree Programs are complementary to the Equine Degree Programs and some cross-over of useful courses for many students.

The Equine Degree Program course work includes: Equine Basic Safety, Equitation (Basic, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced), Stable Management, Introduction to Teaching Horsemanship, Anatomy and Physiology, Horse Evaluation, Equine Law, Dressage (Basics through Second Level), Position and Introduction to Jumping, Advanced Jumping, Farrier Science, Feeds and Feeding, Equine Event Management, Equine Diseases, and a Senior Internship.

The Equine Program is centered around the Hiwassee College Equestrian Center. The Center offers 18 Stalls, Lighted Arenas, Dressage Arenas, Jumping Courses, and Pastures and Trails. The Equestrian Center also handles the College School Horses and Breeding Stock.

The College also offers competitive Hunt Seat and Dressage opportunities.


The University of Tennessee is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Studies involving horses at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK) are organized under the umbrella of the

Institute of Agriculture. The Institute is made up of Four Divisions: The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the UT Agricultural Experiment Station, and the UT Extension Program.

The College of Veterinary Medicine offers a professional Doctoral degree (DVM) and the University offers an undergraduate B.S. in Animal Science.

The College of Veterinary Medicine offers comprehensive equine care through its teaching hospital including Equine Surgery, Diagnostic Services, Orthopaedic, Reproductive, Neo-Natal and Intensive Care, and Farrier Services.

In one of its more unique programs, The College of Veterinary Science and the UT Despartment of Social Work offer a Certificate in Veterinary Social Work in Veterinary Social Work. The Program curriculum studies the Human-Animal Relationship, Use of Animals in Social Work, Issues of Grief and Loss, and Issues of Violence towards Animals. The course wood be suitable in many areas including Equine Rescue, and Equine Therapeutics. The Program is available completely online.

The UTK College of Veterinary Medicine additionally offer a post-graduate Certificate of Equine Rehabilitation. The Program is available to licensed Veterinarians, Physical Therapists, Veterinary Technicians, and Physical Therapist Assistants.

The undergraduate B.S. in Animal Science is not presently equine-intensive. Course work includes: Equine Handling and Care, Equine Management, Equine Nutrition, and Equine Judging.

In late 2009, the University launched an ambitious plan to greatly augmnet and develop its equine program. The University of Tennessee Equine Initiative is explained in the 22-page Program Description and offers many ground floor opportunities to build this program.

As a land-grant university, the University of Tennessee is base for the USDA Extension 4-H Program in Tennessee. The Extension Horse Page offers a number of useful links including monthly equine newsletters, Tennessee Riding Trails and Stables, and also provides a Master Horse Owner Program providing an eight-session educational program for horse owners. The UTK Department of Animal Science works closely with the State 4-H Horse Program and commendably supports the Interscholastic Equestrian Association for grades 6-12 and the USEF Equestrian Athlete Program for grades 9-12. See details of the programs and links here.
The University also offers a competitive Horse Judging Team and Equestrian Team competing in Hunt Seat and Western.


Middle Tennessee State University is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and offers a B.S. in Animal Science (Horse Science Option) and a M.S. in Horse Science. A Minor in Agriculture is also available and may be completed by taking Horse Science courses.

Course work includes: Equitation (Basic through Advanced), Behavior and Training of Horses, Techniques of Teaching Horsemanship, Equine Health, Stable Management, Breeding and Genetics, Equine Event and Facility Management, Equine Nutrition and Feeding, Equine Evaluation and Selection, Equine Assisted Therapy, and Advanced Jumping.

The University also offers an

Equestrian Team competing intercollegiately in Hunt Seat and Western. The Team is based out of the Equine Science Center and has 65 climate-controlled stalls, classrooms, school horses, breeding lab and a 105 x 230 Covered Arena and Outdoor Arena. More significantly, the Equine Science Center is adjacent to the 150+ acre site of The Miller Colesium. The Colesium seats 4,600 and a 150 x 300 Arena, barns with stalls for 500 horses, plus camper hook-ups, warm-up arenas, a state of the art sound syatem, and hosts numerous events including 4-H Camps (Western, Tennessee Walking Horse, and Hunt Seat).

MTSU also offers a competitive Horse Judging Team.


Maryville College is located in Maryville, Tennessee. The College does not have an equine degree program, but does offer a competitive Hunt Seat Equestrian Team. The Team is based at Penrose Farm. Penrose offers two barns with 136 stalls located on 130 acres. facilities include Dressage and Jumping Rings as well as a Covered Arena.


The University of the South (Sewanee) is located in Sewanee, Tennessee. Sewanee does not have an equine degree program but does offer a competitive Equestrian Team. (Sewanee website temporarily down for maintenance-August 2011).


Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt does not have an equine degree program, but does offer a competitive Hunt Seat Equestrian Team. The team is based at Hunters Court Stable located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Hunters Court has 54 stalls and a lighted Indoor Arena as well as outdoor riding areas.






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