Equine Business Management
(College of Business)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree
The Equine Business Management bachelor’s degree program combines equine academic courses and hands-on equine labs with business and general studies courses. The program prepares students for areas of the industry demanding managerial skills, a knowledge of business practice and equine experience.
Specialized science-based equine classes develop the understanding of the functioning of the horse with study in anatomy, lameness, physiology, sports therapy, genetics, nutrition, diseases and reproduction. Further classes develop the ability to evaluate horses for sport, develop a farm management plan and manage horse shows. Through these equine academic courses graduates are expected to demonstrate competencies in formulating rations, designing a herd health program, selecting sport horses, and developing an equine business plan.
An important component of the program’s educational experience is the general studies courses taught by the School of Arts & Sciences. Graduates are expected to show competencies in higher order thinking, communications, ethics, global diversity, responsible citizenship, leadership and artistic responsibility. The following literacies should also be demonstrated: sociocultural, quantitative, scientific and informational.
Both equine degree programs offer three specialized Equine Management labs which emphasize the hands-on aspects of horse management including daily care, presentation of the horse in hand, first aid, lunging, long lining and other applied skills. As an outcome of the lab classes, graduates have the skills needed to obtain a position in the farm management sector of the horse industry.
Business concentrations emphasize the connection between the equine industry and the business world. Students may tailor their degree through the selection of numerous concentrations in the College of Business, School of Technology, The Hospitality College or the School of Arts & Sciences. Some popular concentrations include marketing communications; sports management; sales, meeting and event management; entrepreneurship; professional selling; desktop publishing; career writing and international business.
Equine students participate in hands-on educational activities at the Center for Equine Studies in Rehoboth, Mass. Students gain experience in all aspects of horse management including health and dental maintenance, nutrition, facilities management, equipment usage, trailering, lunging, ground driving, vaccination and anthelmintic programs.
Many students select to participate in the internship program which allows them to work in the equine industry at approved establishments. Students interested in the breeding industry have participated in the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program at selected breeding farms in the Lexington, Ky., area.
A sampling of the positions that students have filled upon graduation include farm manager, equine advertising account manager, sales representative, insurance agent, horse show personnel, horse/breed association publicist and veterinary assistant. Students may also participate in a summer term in England to complete their arts and sciences electives.
Johnson & Wales’ equine programs offer a variety of extracurricular activities for students, including student dressage shows, schooling shows, seminars and clinics.
The university hosts seminars and career nights with nationally recognized speakers from the equine industry. A well-established clinic program rounds out students’ educational experiences through participation and observation of various teaching and training techniques. Clinicians such as Sybille Crafts, Mark Weissbecker, Sarah Geikie, Shannon Dueck and Greg Prince have participated in this program.
Equestrian Education Systems has worked with Johnson & Wales University to offer the Eckart Meyner’s BALIMO training symposiums and instructor workshop at the university. The BALIMO exercise and teaching program are utilized in the riding classes offered at the university.
Johnson & Wales University participates in equine sports through two distinct competitive teams: Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA). The IHSA team competes in the hunter-seat equitation team throughout New England and hosts a show annually at the Center for Equine Studies.
The university is a charter member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association, hosts two competitions yearly and travels regionally to compete. The university is president college for Northeast Region A. The university’s dressage team has won numerous regional and national awards and has been represented at every national championship by team members.
The university participates in events through several combined tests held at the Equine Center. Students have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge through selected field trips, the highlight of which is the annual upstate New York breeding farms trip. The Equine Club provides students with social and recreational equine opportunities.
The home of Johnson & Wales’ Equine Studies programs, the Johnson & Wales Equine Center, is located in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, a short drive from Providence. The 30-acre farm is located in the Massachusetts countryside, adjacent to the Rehoboth State Forest. The farm includes a 170’ x 70’ mirrored indoor riding hall with Pos-A-Trac footing, attached 32-stall barn, pastures, and turnout paddocks. It also features a round-pen used in the training course and for schooling horses. Rounding out the facility are three show quality outdoor arenas: a 225’ x 100’ multipurpose jumping ring, a 220’ x 80’ dressage ring and a 70’ x 135’ warm-up ring.
The Johnson & Wales Center for Equine Studies is equipped with a pine-paneled observation room housing state-of-the-art communication technologies that allow clinicians to address students and spectators during mounted lessons. Classroom space, administrative offices and a conference area with kitchen facilities make this a comfortable meeting area. Heated tack rooms, laundry facilities, wash stall and storage add to the additional ease and efficiency of the facility.
The horses for school use are all selected for their training and temperament. Several different breeds are represented, including Dutch Warmblood, Hanoverian, Swedish Warmblood, Holsteiner, Thoroughbred, Trakehner, Quarter Horse and Morgan. Many of the horses have successful show records which include competition experience at the F.E.I. level of dressage, on the hunter/jumper circuit, and in eventing.
Equine Business Management
A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree
|EQN1001||Introduction to Equine Studies||4.5|
|EQN1010||Equine Physiology and Sports Therapy||4.5|
|EQN1020||Equine Anatomy and Lameness||4.5|
|EQN1071||Equine Management Lab I||3|
|EQN1072||Equine Management Lab II||3|
|EQN2073||Equine Management Lab III||1.5|
|EQN3010||Equine Reproduction and Genetics||4.5|
|EQN3040||Sport Horse Evaluation and Judging||4.5|
|EQN4050||Horse Farm Management||4.5|
|Choose one of the following:||4.5|
|Horse Show Management|
One course with an ECAR attribute selected from the offerings within the College of Business
|Related Professional Studies|
|ACCT2001||Business Accounting I||4.5|
|ACCT2002||Business Accounting II||4.5|
|ADVC1010||Marketing Communications I||4.5|
|FIT1000||Information Technology for Business Professionals||4.5|
|FIT1040||Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions||4.5|
|LAW2001||The Legal Environment of Business I||4.5|
|MGMT1001||Principles of Management||4.5|
|or ENTR1001||Introduction to Entrepreneurship|
|MRKT1001||Principles of Marketing||4.5|
|MRKT1011||Principles of Professional Selling||4.5|
|A concentration selected from offerings within the College of Business, The Hospitality College, the School of Technology or Career Writing Concentration||13.5|
|General Studies (from College Requirements)|
|ENG1021||Advanced Composition and Communication||4.5|
|Math||One math course 1000 level or higher based on student's placement assessment||4.5|
|Science||One SCI-designated course||4.5|
|Electives||Two courses with an EASC attribute selected from offerings within the School of Arts & Sciences which may be used to form an arts & sciences concentration||9.0|
|Choose two of the following:||9.0|
|Crisis and Controversy: A Critical Thinking Approach|
|Ethics of Business Leadership|
One HIST-designated course (except HIST4030)
ENG1001 or one LIT-designated course
|Choose two of the following:||9.0|
|Foundations of Leadership Studies|
|Choose one of the following:||18.0-19.5|
Four courses selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the univerisity
|Equine Internship (And one free elective )|
NOTES: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).
Students who graduate with a bachelor of science degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication .