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Equestrian Management

Our Faculty

Cathryn Dickman
Director of Wellness Programs & Facility Operations

Cynthia Fadem
Associate Professor of Geology; 3-2 Engineering Program Liaison

The Minor

Complete all of the following management & leadership training courses (1 cr, 5-cr-equiv):

  • AWPE 109 Introduction to Equine Studies (0 cr, 2-cr-equiv)
  • AWPE 209 Leadership & Barn Management (0 cr, 2-cr-equiv), prereq: AWPE 109
  • AWPE 247 CPR First Aid & Emergency Management (1 cr)

Complete any of the instructor program courses a total of three times (3 cr):

  • AWPE 308 Stables Instructor I (1 cr) prereq: AWPE 109 & 209
  • AWPE 309 Stables Instructor II (1 cr) prereq: AWPE 109, 209, & Senior standing

Complete one of the following culminating experiences (0-3 cr, 1-6-cr-equiv):

  • Serve on Barn Staff for two semesters (taken as AWPE 409-0 cr, 6-cr-equiv)
  • Instruct AWPE 109 & 209 for four semesters (taken as AWPE 309-(1 cr )
  • Complete an applicable internship or research experience approved by Barn Staff & the program convener (1-3 cr).

Complete two of the following curricular electives (6-8 cr):

  • AWPE 342 Kinesiology (3 cr)
  • BIOL 346 Vertebrate Zoology (4 cr), prereq: BIOL 111 & 226
  • BIOL 357 Animal Behavior (4 cr), prereq: BIOL 111
  • ECON 103 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 cr)
  • EDUC 290 Public Speaking (3 cr)
  • ENSU 210 Outdoor & Environmental Education (3 cr)
  • MGMT 141 World of Business (3 cr)
  • MGMT 200 Financial Accounting (3 cr)
  • MGMT 211 Leadership: Theory & Practice (3 cr)
  • MGMT 260 Contemporary Sports Management (3 cr) prereq: Sophomore standing
  • MGMT 312 Leadership & Change (3 cr) prereq: MGMT 141 & Sophomore standing
  • MGMT 342 Leadership & Dealing with Differences (3 cr)
  • MGMT 368 Business Communication (3 cr)
  • PAGS 343 Conflict Resolution (3 cr)
  • PSYC 358 Human-Animal Interactions (3 cr), prereq: PSYC 115/116 & PSYC 245, or Junior standing
  • PSYC 372 Psychology of Sport (3 cr) prereq: Sophomore standing
  • Other courses may fulfill this requirement with the approval of the program convener and Barn Staff.

Courses

AWPE 109 INTRODUCTION TO EQUINE STUDIES
Students who wish to become Barn co-op members must register for this course. This course introduces this unique student-run program and covers horse care, safety, barn skills, and the program's values. No horse experience is needed. This course is student-taught. If the fee is prohibitive, contact ecstables@earlham.edu for solutions.

AWPE 170 EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM APPLIED GROUPS
Working under the direction of Barn Staff and the Equestrian Program faculty adviser, students provide infrastructure support for the Barn and the Program. This course involves completion of projects involving barn improvement and program development. Pre- or Co-requisite: AWPE 109 or 171, or consent of Barn Staff.

AWPE 171 RIDING LESSONS I: BEGINNER
This course is for those who have never ridden a horse, or have only done a few guided rides. Lessons include learning to catch, groom, and tack up a horse safely; mounting and dismounting; moving, stopping, and steering while mounted; and beginning the posting trot. Suggested weight limit of 250 pounds due to horse limitations. For advice on lesson placement, please contact ecstables@earlham.edu.

AWPE 172 RIDING LESSONS II: ADVANCED BEGINNER
This course is for those who can catch, groom, and tack up a horse safely with some assistance; know how to mount and dismount; and know how to stop, go, and steer reliably at the walk. Lessons include developing proficiency in horse care; developing balance in the posting trot; and improving accuracy in changing speed and direction. Suggested weight limit of 250 pounds due to horse limitations. Prerequisite: AWPE 171 or consent of Lesson Coordinator (ecstables@earlham.edu).

AWPE 173 RIDING LESSONS III: INTERMEDIATE
This course is for those who are confident in preparing a horse to be ridden and well-balanced at the posting trot. Lessons include perfecting the two-point trot, and beginning and developing cantering. Suggested weight limit of 250 pounds due to horse limitations. Prerequisite: AWPE 171 and 172, or consent of Lesson Coordinator (ecstables@earlham.edu).

AWPE 174 RIDING LESSONS IV: BEGINNING JUMPING
This course is for those who are confident and well-balanced at all gaits. Lessons include developing finesse in all gaits and beginning to learn safe jumping techniques. Suggested weight limit of 250 pounds due to horse limitations. Prerequisite: AWPE 171, 172 and 173, or consent of Lesson Coordinator (ecstables@earlham.edu).  

AWPE 175 RIDING LESSONS V: ADVANCED JUMPING
This course is for those who are confident and well-balanced at all gaits, and have some experience jumping. Lessons include  developing finesse in all gaits and continuing to develop  safe jumping techniques. Suggested weight limit of 250 pounds due to horse limitations. Prerequisite: AWPE 171, 172, 173 and 174, or consent of Lesson Coordinator (ecstables@earlham.edu).

AWPE 209 LEADERSHIP & BARN MANAGEMENT
Students who wish to become second-semester Barn co-op members must register for this course. This course includes advanced horse care, general barn management, handling barn emergencies, and instruction on becoming a horse riding instructor. If the course fee is prohibitive, contact ecstables@earlham.edu for solutions. Prerequisite: AWPE 109.

AWPE 308 STABLES INSTRUCTOR I
Open only to non-senior EC Stables Cooperative members who are work shift leaders and/or riding lesson instructors. Prerequisites: AWPE 109 and 209.

AWPE 309 STABLES INSTRUCTOR II
Open only to senior EC Stables Cooperative members who are work shift leaders and/or riding lesson instructors. Prerequisites: AWPE 109 and 209, and Senior standing.

AWPE 409 STABLES BARN STAFF
Open only to the five Barn Cooperative members appointed to oversee barn management and clerk Barn Cooperative Meeting. Prerequisites: AWPE 109 and 209.

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