The equestrian studies program focuses on practical knowledge to prepare students for a variety of careers in the equine industry. Students develop actionable equine business models and plans for equine facilities. They study laws, principles, rules and regulations associated with equine-related activities, and learn how to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals from equine-related professions. While at SCAD, students practice ethical behavior, demonstrating social and professional responsibility, and perform as riders and trainers at high, specialized levels. Curriculum is supplemented with guest lectures from industry-leading professionals including trainers, judges, veterinarians and horse show managers.
SCAD also offers an equestrian studies minor and fields a championship equestrian team that has earned individual and team titles. SCAD equestrian has won seven American National Riding Commission national team championships and seven individual Intercollegiate Horse Show Association championships. Students have the opportunity to train and ride at the Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center, an 80-acre, state-of-the-art facility with paddocks, pastures, competition arenas and a barn for the university's and student riders' own horses.
2008-09 SCAD equestrian team - Back row, left to right: S. Dale, H. Armstrong, J. Ferris, S. Pinzon, P. Frederick,
E. Wilcox, W. Fuller, B. Bailey, L. Encinales, A. Lugo, M.J. Thompson, C. McCarthy Front row, left to right: L. Gwilliam,
T. Benton, C. Snyder, H. Huitt, B. Thaler, K. Bonham, M. Gallagher, J. Tierney, N. Mercado, S. Branco, C. Porter,