List of top 10 equine colleges

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List of top 10 equine colleges
Equine colleges prepare students for careers in equine management or competitive riding. (show horse jumping a barrier image by Clarence Alford from Fotolia.com)

Students interested in equine and equestrian careers have many top-notch professional and academic colleges to chose from. This list of best equine schools highlights the diverse options available, including a range of school sizes, women's-only versus coeducational settings, and equine programs emphasising riding training, equestrian instruction, equine business management and science, barn management, farriery and equine massage training.

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Centenary College

Go Equine ranked Centenary College as the top equine studies college, especially for students looking for a future in competitive riding, It offers courses in dressage, hunting and jumping. Students choose from bachelor's programs in equine business management and science and riding instruction and training.

Centenary College Equestrian Center 12-56 Califon Road Long Valley, NJ 07853 908-832-7010 centenarycollege.edu

Ellsworth Community College

Ellworth Community College is second in Horse School's rankings of top equine colleges, receiving high marks in horse-to-student ratio, instructed rides per week and equine-related credits. Associate's degrees are offered in equine management and science. Coursework prepares students for careers as horse trainers, breeders and riding instructors.

Ellsworth Community College 1100 College Avenue Iowa Falls, IA 50126 800-322-9235 iavalley.edu/ecc

Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales is a school of just fewer than 10,000 students known for its career-oriented academic programs. The university's popular bachelor's degree in equine business management prepares students for careers in management of horse farms and shows and work as horse trainers or riding instructors.

Johnson & Wales University 8 Abbott Park Place Providence, RI 02903 800-DIAL-JWU jwu.edu

Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center

Meredith Manor is a top-ranked equestrian career college offering degrees in dressage, jumping, Western riding, equine business management, farriery, barn management and equine massage therapy. Students may bring their own horses to campus, although this is not required because the school maintains a stable of more than 140 horses.

Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center 147 Saddle Lane Waverly, WV 26184 800-679-2603 meredithmanor.edu

State University of New York-Morrisville

Go Equine counts SUNY-Morrisville as one of the nation's best equine studies programs. Of note is the school's bachelor's degree in teaching with a concentration in equine studies. Go Equine explains, "This degree is for the equine student who desires to improve their technical and business savvy concerning the equine community."

State University of New York-Morrisville 80 Eaton Street Morrisville, NY 13408 800-258-0111 morrisville.edu

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College is the top-ranking women's-only equine studies academic program. Go Equine notes, "Sweet Briar's acclaimed liberal arts education is second only to their equestrian education." In addition to Sweet Briar's acclaimed riding program, students may specialise in farm and stable management and riding instruction.

Sweet Briar College 134 Chapel Road Sweet Briar, VA 24595 800-381-6001 sbc.edu

The University of Findlay

According to Campus Explorer, the University of Findlay is the nation's most popular school for equine studies, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. This Midwestern university of more than 4,000 students has been recognised for its equestrian studies and pre-veterinary programs.

The University of Findlay 1000 North Main Street Findlay, OH 45850 800-472-9502 findlay.edu

University of Louisville

The University of Louisville's proximity to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, is an obvious draw for students interested in equine studies. Bloomberg Businessweek highlights the university's unique equine business program, featuring coursework in equine taxation and equine management. The university also receives top marks from Horse School in horse-to-student ratio and equine-related credits.

University of Louisville Equine Industry Program Louisville, KY 40292 800-334-8635 louisville.edu

Virginia Intermount College

Ranked second on Campus Explorer's list of most popular schools for equine studies, Virginia Intermount College is "dedicated to creating futures for tomorrow's leaders by providing strong career preparation in a very personal, supportive learning environment." Go Equine highlights the college's equine program, covering hunting and jumping training, barn management and equine health.

Virginia Intermount College 1013 Moore Street Bristol, VA 24201 800-451-1VIC vic.edu

William Woods University

William Woods University ranks sixth on Horse School's list of top equine programs. The university offers a choice of two undergraduate degrees in equine studies: equestrian science, the first such program in the United States, and equestrian administration, which focuses on equine and facility management and applied riding skills.

Williams Woods University One University Avenue Fulton, MO 65251 573-642-2251 williamwoods.edu

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