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Equine Business Management

One needs to look no further than the gigantic new World Equestrian Center just outside the city of Wilmington to realize that horses are big business in southwest Ohio. The College’s equine business management program is designed to combine your passion for horses with the array of career opportunities in the booming equine industry.

Our core courses in both equine and business provide a foundation centered on communication, business management and science, as it pertains to the equine industry. These concepts learned in the classroom are further illustrated through opportunities for hands-on learning with horses in our Equine Center. Once you establish a direction for your career interest, we tailor your assignments, projects, research opportunities and internships to ensure you gain the specific knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the equine industry. In fact, you will devise a comprehensive business plan featuring sound business principles and your knowledge of the equine industry. You’ll receive feedback from professionals in the industry and advice on how best to ensure your plan’s profitability and ultimate success. Also, as a senior, you will be paired with an industry mentor who will provide you with unique insight and opportunities.

Complementing your academic and hands-on learning experiences are the skills and leadership development opportunities available through such co-curricular organizations as the equestrian riding team (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association), Horseman’s Association and our collegiate horse judging team. Another WC advantage: you are able to bring your horse to college.

Equine Studies Minor

This minor can be paired with any number of majors to help prepare you for such positions in the equine industry as management, reproduction, sales and marketing, or nutrition.

Our Program

Equine Center which includes;

  • 28 stalls
  • 60 acres adjacent to campus
  • Large outdoor arena
  • Secure individual track storage
  • Heated classroom
  • 72×152 foot indoor arena with heated observation deck
  • Please feel free to contact the WCEC (1589 Fife Avenue) for more information at 937-655-8643.

Competitive Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA)

Wilmington College Horseman’s Association

Hands on instruction of all aspects of horse care

Guest speakers from successful professionals in the industry

Our Students Score Valuable Internships

Ethan Rinehart (Equine Business Management/Animal Science Major)will be traveling to Tennessee to work for World Champion trainer/exhibitor Ronald Stratton of Ronald Stratton Quarter Horses.

Jake Jubach (Biology: Life Science major and Equine Science minor) has a full summer internship with Woodland Run Equine Veterinary Clinic located in Grove City, Ohio.  Woodland Run is a full-service equine Veterinary hospital specializing in equine lameness and sports medicine.

Kailey Rogers (Equine Business Management and Animal Science double major and member of the Equestrian Team) is an intern with Orchard Veterinary Care of Wilmington.

Michael Steed (Biology: Equine Business Management and Life Science major, Chemistry minor and member of the Equestrian Team) has a summer internship with Brian and Dawn Baker of Baker Futurity Horses of Sunbury, Ohio.  Baker Futurity Horses has produced multiple world and Congress champions in the equine industry.

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Bryanna Warner (Agriculture Business major and member of the Equestrian Team) and Stacey Miller (Equine Business Management major and member of the Equestrian Team) will be joining event management company An Equine Production as part of their world show team for the American Paint Horse Association World Show in Fort Worth, Texas from June 23-July 10, 2021.

Autumn Drumm (Equine Business Management major) will be working with multiple world, reserve world, Congress and AQHA national high point trainers Jennifer and Judd Paul of Irongste Farms this summer.

Megan Peters (Equine Business Management manjor) will work this summer with Judy Moosman at Moosman Training Center in Shelbyville, Indiana.  Judy has coached many successful riders and showman to local , state and national titles.  We are proud of Megan and excited for her to be in this incredible learning situation.

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Career Preparation

Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in equine event management, equine nutrition, farm and ranch management, and owning/managing and equine-related business. Students are encourage to participate in internships to explore a variety of career paths while enrolled in the Equine Business Management Program at Wilmington College.

Equine Sciences Minor

Prepares students for a position in the equine industry in areas such as management, reproduction, sales and marketing, nutrition and horsemanship.