Equestrian Management

The equestrian management minor grew out of Earlham’s equestrian program, the only entirely student-run cooperative and collegiate equestrian program in the country.

The equestrian management minor recognizes the significant work you will carry out as part of your training and leadership in managing Earlham’s Barn and Stables and teaching the program’s curriculum. The core courses orient you to co-op membership and provide training on everything from basic safety and horse care to teaching methods and consensus governance. Following training, you will contribute through the instructor courses, demonstrating achievement of program learning outcomes and gaining practical experience in the process. 

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Building community and leadership through shared experience

Earlham’s equestrian management minor provides a pathway for experienced and non-experienced students who want to channel their love of horses into a lifelong hobby or career and has shaped impressive leaders and capable horse people for generations.

This program also offers an opportunity for a lifetime of engagement through the Friends of Earlham College Stables (FOECS), of which many members own horses and run barns. These alumni support the Barn, visit biannually and collaborate with Barn staff on major decisions, bringing invaluable mentorship to the program.

Join a student-run co-op

Run entirely by students, the Barn Co-op at Earlham is the only one like it in the country. Membership includes riding lessons.

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Compete on the equestrian team

The team competes in horse shows through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

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Professor and horse

Our faculty

Equestrian management faculty have extensive experience in college governance, curriculum, public health and science education. They advise the barn management team, oversee longer-term operations, and provide a conduit between student leaders and the administration.

Program details

The equestrian management minor combines courses from athletics, wellness and physical education, biology, economics, global management and more to prepare you for careers and lives that include horses.

Program electives and culminating experiences are flexible according to the various ways you envision horse work integrating into your life during and after college.

As a liberal arts college, Earlham offers multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors and minors in which students cultivate deep and specific knowledge and experience. Equally important, the College expects every student to develop broad, general skills and proficiencies across the curriculum.

As part of their general education, students complete six credits in each academic division of the College: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and visual and performing arts. In addition, students meet requirements for first-year courses, analytical reasoning, perspectives on diversity and wellness.

Learn more about general education at Earlham.

To earn a minor in equestrian management, you must take the following courses:

Complete all of the following management & leadership training courses:

    • AWPE 109 Introduction to Equine Studies
    • AWPE 209 Leadership & Barn Management
      • Pre-requisite: AWPE 109
    • AWPE 242 CPR & First Aid

Complete any of the instructor program courses a total of three times:

    • AWPE 308 Stables Instructor I
      • Pre-requisite: AWPE 109 & 209
    • AWPE 309 Stables Instructor II
      • Pre-requisite: AWPE 109, 209, & Senior standing

Complete one of the following culminating experiences:

    • Serve on Barn Staff for two semesters
      • Taken as AWPE 409
    • Instruct AWPE 109 & 209 for four semesters
      • Taken as AWPE 308 or 309
    • Complete an applicable internship or research experience approved by Barn Staff & the program convener

Complete two of the following curricular electives:

    • AWPE 342 Kinesiology
    • BIOL 346 Vertebrate Zoology
      • Pre-requisites: BIOL 111 & 226
    • BIOL 357 Animal Behavior
      • Pre-requisite: BIOL 111
    • ECON 103 Introduction to Microeconomics
    • EDUC 290 Public Speaking
    • ENSU 210 Outdoor & Environmental Education
    • MGMT 141 World of Business
    • MGMT 200 Financial Accounting
    • MGMT 211 Leadership: Theory & Practice
    • MGMT 260 Contemporary Sports Management
      • Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing
    • MGMT 312 Leadership & Change
      • Pre-requisites: MGMT 141 & Sophomore standing
    • MGMT 342 Leadership & Dealing with Differences
    • MGMT 368 Business Communication
    • PAGS 343 Conflict Resolution
    • PSYC 358 Human-Animal Interactions
      • Pre-requisites: PSYC 115/116 and PSYC 245 or Junior standing
    • PSYC 372 Psychology of Sport
      • Pre-requisites: Sophomore standing
    • Other courses may fulfill this requirement with the approval of the program convener and Barn Staff.

Please note: Completing the minor requires co-op membership during the required courses. To join the co-op, register for AWPE 109 Introduction to Equine Studies.

View a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Whether you just love horses and want to include them in your course of study, or have an equine career in mind, the equestrian management minor may be for you. Examples of possible equine careers include: jobs related to horse recreation, horse shows and rodeos, veterinary medicine, breeding, education, animal nutrition, genetics and more.

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