Equine Business Management/Riding - B.S.

Equine Business Management/Riding students participate in riding classes focusing on hunt-seat, dressage and combined training. Each course is individually tailored to the student’s competencies for maximum advancement. A unique feature of the riding program is our students’ ability to pick their preferred discipline or sample from all three options. A study abroad program to Muenster, Germany is open to students with dressage and jumping skills and offers instruction and testing for the German riding medals.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Design a comprehensive health plan that addresses the interaction between nutrition and disease and predicts the needs of different classes of horses.
  • Differentiate the relative merits of sport horses and use that evaluation to determine the most appropriate use for each type of horse.
  • Develop a comprehensive business plan for the management of all aspects of an equine-related business.
  • Evaluate the impact of available resources including environmental resources and regulatory compliance on equine businesses.
  • Apply appropriate ethics as they relate to managing an equine business, its employees and its horses.
  • Evaluate the impact of various international influences on the historical development of the modern equine industry.
  • Develop and implement a training program for a particular horse and evaluate the effectiveness of the training principles on horse and rider.

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.

Equine students participate in professionally focused educational activities at the Center for Equine Studies in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. 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.

All students participate in the internship program which allows them to work in the equine industry at approved establishments. A sampling of the positions that students have filled upon graduation include instructor/trainer, farm manager, equine advertising account manager, sales representative, insurance agent, horse show personnel, horse/breed association publicist and veterinary assistant. Business courses emphasize the connection between the equine industry and the business world. Students may tailor their degree through the selection of numerous courses in other colleges and schools at JWU.

The Equine Business Management/Riding program offers an elective 16-credit specialization that enhances and strengthens the qualifications of graduates interested in equine-assisted activities and therapies. This specialization gives students the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and skills in the expanding field of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning. Students completing this specialization can pursue careers in therapeutic riding instruction, therapeutic horse management, therapeutic riding program management, and equine-assisted learning and therapy.

Upon completion of the Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies specialization students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge compulsory for the educational component of certification as a therapeutic riding instructor with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl (PATH Intl). 

To participate in the Equine Business Management/Riding program, each student, with or without reasonable accommodations must be able to safely (including the safety of the horse, where applicable) meet minimum technical standards as described for this program. The university maintains a number of different horses of different sizes and with different temperaments. However, the university does not represent that there will be a horse available for students whose weight and/or skill level limits the options of available horses. In the event a student is unable to progress in the program for this reason, the university will work with the student to transition the student into another academic program with as minimal disruption to the student’s academic progress as possible.

Admission to the Equine Business Management/Riding degree program requires some prior riding experience and demonstration of riding competencies described in the minimum technical standards.

Extracurricular Activities

Johnson & Wales’ equine programs offer a variety of extracurricular activities for students, including seminars and clinics with nationally and internationally recognized speakers from equine industry, an equine-specific job fair, annual attendance to the Equine Affaire, and field-trips to regional training and competition farms.

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 hunter seat equitation throughout New England, is consistently regionally and nationally competitive, and hosts shows annually at the Center for Equine Studies. In 2018 Johnson & Wales University had a National Champion in Individual Intermediate Over Fences.

The IDA team at Johnson & Wales University is a charter member, hosts two competitions yearly and travels regionally to compete. The IDA team has won numerous regional and national awards. In 2012 Johnson & Wales University won the National Championship and in 2013 was the reserve national champion team for IDA.

The Facility

The home of Johnson & Wales' Equine Studies programs, the Center for Equine Studies, is located in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, a short drive from Providence. The farm includes a 32-stall barn with attached 170' x 70' mirrored indoor riding hall with waxed footing, radiant heat and a 75” flat panel display system with integrated smart-classroom technology. The facility is equipped with a pine- paneled observation room housing communication technology that allow clinicians to address students and spectators during mounted lessons, a traditional digitally equipped classroom for on-property lectures and a student lounge area for study and relaxation between classes.

The arena, attached 32-stall barn and classroom areas all tout state-of-the-art high speed wifi coverage allowing for streaming and integration of remote technology with all aspects of Equine Studies programs. The property also features several pastures, turnout paddocks and two round-pens used for schooling horses.

Rounding out the facility are two show-quality outdoor arenas: a 225' x 100' multipurpose jumping ring and a 220' x 80' dressage ring with judge’s box. A new addition to the facility is a derby-style jumping field with banks, ditches, and step jumps which allows students to gain knowledge and expertise of riding in various settings.

The horses for school use are all selected for their training and temperament. Many different breeds are represented, including Dutch Warmblood, Hanoverian, Swedish Warmblood, Holsteiner, Thoroughbred, Oldenburg, Quarter Horse and Arabian. Many of the horses have successful show records which include competition experience at the FEI level of dressage, on the hunter/jumper circuit and in eventing.

Equine Business Management/Riding

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
EQN1001Introduction to Equine Studies3
EQN1006Introduction to Equine Studies Laboratory1
EQN1020Equine Anatomy and Lameness3
EQN1025Equine Anatomy and Lameness Laboratory1
EQN1080Equine Management Lab1
EQN2000Equine Diseases3
EQN2001Foundations of Riding Theory3
EQN2020Equine Physiology and Sports Therapy3
EQN2025Equine Physiology and Sports Therapy Laboratory1
EQN3025Equine Nutrition3
EQN3040Sport Horse Evaluation and Judging3
EQN3350Equine Facility Design and Operation Management3
EQN4050Horse Farm Management3
EQN4900Management and Demonstration of Skills Capstone1
Required Riding Courses
Choose 6 credits from the following:6
Fundamentals Of Collegiate Riding I
Fundamentals of Collegiate Riding II
Introduction to Dressage
Introduction to Combined Training
Equitation on the Flat
Fundamentals of Hunter Seat Equitation
Training Level Dressage
First Level Dressage
Intermediate Combined Training
Hunter Seat Equitation Novice
Second Level Dressage
Third Level Dressage
Advanced Combined Training
Hunter Seat Equitation Intermediate
German Medal Training
Fourth Level and FEI Dressage
Hunter Seat Equitation Open
Major Elective
Choose 3 credits from the following: *3
Managerial Accounting
Accounting Software
Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice I
Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice II
Not-For-Profit and Governmental Accounting
Marketing Communications
Media Strategy
Creative Concepts and Strategy
Spreadsheets for Data Analysis
Introduction to Technical Communication
Introduction to Newswriting
Advanced Business Communication
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Pitching & Planning New Ventures
Small Business Management
Methods of Riding Instruction I
Equine Reproduction and Genetics
Equine Competition Management and Course Design
Introduction to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies
Application of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies
Methods of Riding Instruction II
International Business
The Legal Environment of Business II
Foundations of Leadership Studies
Operations and Supply Chain Management I
Workforce Planning and Deployment
Training and Development
Marketing Foundations
Consumer Behavior
Key Account Management
Introduction to the Sports, Entertainment and Event Management Industry
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 12 credits from the following: **12
College of Arts & Sciences Internship
Directed Experiential Education D
Undergraduate Research Experience
Honors Directed Academic Experience
Study Abroad
Related Professional Studies
ACCT1210Financial Accounting3
ACCT1220Managerial Accounting3
or FISV2000 Finance
BUS1001Introduction to Business and Management3
CAR0010Career Management1
FIT1040Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions3
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I3
MGMT2001Human Resource Management3
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 6
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM, LIT, PHIL or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
Choose one of the following:
Environmental Science
Introduction to Life Science
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Introduction to Ecology
Social Science6
One course from ANTH, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC, RES or SOC
A&S Electives6
One course with EASC Attribute
Free Electives #
8–9 credits selected from 1000–4999 numbered offerings within the university8-9
Total Credits123.0-124.0
Specialization in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies **
Functional Human Anatomy
Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory
Methods of Riding Instruction I
Introduction to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies
Application of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies
Methods of Riding Instruction II

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000 level courses

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?