Students earning a B.S. or B.A. in the Equestrian Studies Program at Averett University have the opportunity to concentrate in one of three areas; management, dressage instruction or eventing instruction. Minors and double majors are also strongly encouraged. All students enroll in a strong core of equestrian courses covering topics such as: careers in the equine industry, anatomy and physiology, lameness and disease, equine nutrition, stable management, horsemastership, rider fitness, lunging and teaching novice riding. Students with concentrations in one of the teaching areas will also take advanced riding courses in their area of specialty and teaching courses leading to certification from ARIA, USDF or USEA. Students with a concentration in management will take additional courses in the business department such as accounting, marketing, human resources and business law.
Averett's strong core curriculum prepares students for a variety of career tracks upon graduation. Students may go on to graduate school, vet school or directly into full time employment in fields such as stable management, marketing/sales in equine specialty firms, equine journalism, teaching, equine pharmaceutical sales, nutrition/feed specialists.
The mission of the Equestrian Studies Department at Averett University is to provide an educational program leading to a bachelors degree, which is recognized in the equine industry for its quality and which prepares students to fill a variety of positions within the equestrian fields.
This mission is based on the Averett University tradition of liberal arts which encourages students to ask and answer important questions, defend judgments and evaluate diverse views. The department seeks to promote a love and understanding of the horse, an appreciation of the theory and practice of dressage and combined training, and the sportsmanship that is reflected in those principles. We strive to instill ethical principles and humane treatment of the horse in its environment and career, and the work ethic and responsibility necessary for their care.