KENTUCKY EQUINE PROGRAMS



The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and offers a B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine Specialization and a B.S. in Equine Science and Management. Since the University sits at the heart of the equine industry in the United States, broad resources are available to students. The Undergraduate Equine Program offers paths of study directed to pre-professional careers in Veterinary Science; careers aimed at science-genetics-breeding; and paths directed towards management-business-marketing.

Being a land-grant college, the University is home base for the USDA Equine Extension Program and 4-H Program. The University of Kentucky Extension Program offers superb resouces including a series of seminars available at the county level oragnized as a Horse College. The University also has a College of Veterinary Science offering a B.S. as well as a Master of Science and Ph.D in Veterinary Science with an Equine emphasis. Undergraduates are invited to apply for professional degrees (DVM) at Auburn University and Tuskeegee University, as well as others.

The University also houses the Gluck Equine Research Center and operates its branch in the UK. The Gluck Center is a world-class equine research center.

The University also owns the historic Thoroughbred farms, Maine Chance and Spindletop, which offer numerous student programs and initiatives. See the College Equine Facilities Page. The University hosts several competitive student riding teams:

Dressage and Eventing Team; Equestrian Team; Polo Team; as well as other student clubs and organizations.

The University's equine programs are so wide-spread that an Equine Initiative has been formed to coordinate and interweave the various equine Centers, Departments, Organizations, and interests.


The University of Louisville is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and offers a B.S. in Business Adminsitration with an equine Emphasis and Certificate through its Equine Industry Program. The school is one of the Spotlight Schools. See the Equine Industry Program Brochure.


Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and it offers a B.S. in Agriculture with some equine emaphasis. Course work includes an Equine Production Lab, Equitation, and Horse Training Lab.

The WKU Equestrian Department is housed on the University's 780 acre Farm. The current 24 stall barn is being joined by a new 40 stall barn and the University owns a herd of some 40 horses, largely Quarter Horses.

The University does have a competitve Equestrian Team.


Murray State University is located in Murray, Kentucky, and offers a B.S. in Animal Science with an Emphasis on Equine Science or Equine Management and a Minor in Equine Science. Course work includes Horse Science, Horsemanship, Breaking and Training, Facilities Management, and Equine Forage Management.

Murray State offers a competitive Equestrian Team and Rodeo Club.


Morehead State University is located in Morehead, Kentucky, and offers a B.S. in Agricultural Science with an Equine Science Emphasis. Course work includes Anatomy or Veterinary Clinical Anatomy, Equine Health and Disease, Reproduction, Horse Shoeing, Management, and Equitation.

Morehead State offers an equestrian Club with a Hunt Seat Team Western Team , and Saddle Seat Team.


Asbury University is located in Wilmore, Kentucky, and offers a B.S. in Equine Management. Asbury also offers a double major in Equine Management and Psychology: See the Equine Facilitated Wellness Program. Equine course work includes Stable Management, Horse TRaining, Introduction to Therapeutic Riding, Riding Instructor Certification, Equine Health and First Aid, and a semester-long Equine Field Experience.

Asbury University was founded as a Christian school and continues that foundation. It is near to Asbury Theological Seminary ( a separate instiyution now) and continues a philosphy of spiritual vitality and service. The University also offers an equine course called Horsemanship Ministry that is designed to use horsemanship asa teaching tool in an equestrian ministry.

Asbury University facilities include the Equine Center, which includes fourteen stalls, an indoor riding arena, tack room, and classrooms.


Bluegrass Community and Technical College is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and offers five (5) Programs of Study in Equine Studies. The College offers an A.A.S. in Equine Studies (Horseman's Option or Jockey's Option); a Certificate in Equine Studies (Exercise Rider Option); and a Diploma in Equine Studies (Horseman's Option or Jockey's Option).

The coursework includes Introduction to Racehorse Care I and II, Racing Stable Operations I and II, Racehorse Riding Skills I and II, Commercial Breeding Practices, Racehorse Breaking and Training, Equine Law, and Equine Business Management.

A part of Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the North American Racing Academy developed as the first school in North America designed to train race horse jockeys. The NARA is the brainchild of one of its founders, hall of fame Jockey, Chris McCarron.


Georgetown College is located in Georgetown, Kentucky, and offers an Equine Scholars Program. The program is highlighted as a Spotlight School. Students may undertake any Georgetown Academic Major and--by participating in the program--earn an Equine Distinction.


Midway College is located in Midway, Kentucky, and offers six (6) Equine Programs: B.S. and B.A. in equine Studies; B.A. in Business Administration with an Equine Emphasis; A.A. in Equine Studies; Equine Studies (Minor); and a Certificate in Equine Studies.

The concentrations are either Health and Rehabilitation or Applied Equine Management. See the Program Pages for a course listing and degree requirements. NOTE: The Equine Business Program is available online.

Midway College has competitive Hunt Seat, Dressage, and Western Teams. The school's facilities include a 105 x 235 Indoor Arena. See the equestrian Team links on the Facilities Page.






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