The Equine Scholars Program at Georgetown College enables qualified students to obtain a first-class education at a premier liberal arts college while participating in equine related opportunities available only in the “Horse Capital of the World:” Central Kentucky.
The Equine Scholars Program is located in the heart of Central Kentucky, just over seven miles from the Kentucky Horse Park. Like the Kentucky Horse Park, the Equine Scholars Program is designed to appeal to individuals with equine interests involving all professions, disciplines and breeds, no matter what the level of intensity.
The Equine Scholars Program is structured to produce young professionals who have the communication skills, business savvy and overall professional foundation to thrive in their chosen field. With dedication and commitment from the horse industry, we can offer students unique and highly sought after real-world experiences that wouldn’t otherwise be available to them.
Equine Scholars may participate in any of Georgetown College’s academic programs, including (but not limited to):
Through the Program, students engage in a variety of activities aimed at enhancing their appreciation and understanding of the equine industry as a whole, while giving them valuable individualized experiences that directly relate to their equine interests and career goals. Though riding is not a requirement, there is a wide variety of riding, training, lesson and competition opportunities available to our students, many of which can count toward their overall participation in the Program. Upon graduation from the College and the Program, students have a thoroughly enhanced resume and a solid professional foundation upon which to build a successful, enjoyable career that can involve horses.
Students are expected to meet program requirements throughout their time as an Equine Scholar. By completing program requirements, students are able to continue program participation from year to year. Students who successfully complete all 4 years of the Equine Scholars Program will earn an Equine Distinction from Georgetown College.
Students are expected to remain in good academic and ethical standing with both the Program and Georgetown College. All Scholars participate in some unpaid philanthropic projects as determined by the Program Coordinator.
Our vision is to enhance the learning experience for students with an interest in the equine industry by providing a blend of a serious liberal-arts education with a scholarly equine context.
Frequently Asked Questions
An ideal Equine Scholar is seriously considering a professional career in the equine industry, is interested in earning a liberal arts bachelor degree, and will take advantage of all the resources and opportunities provided by the ESP. The ESP helps students discover the right major and career for them, provides experiences and resources for Scholars in their area of interest, and gives Scholars an advantage over job-market competition by graduation.
Because of our business-focus on careers in the horse industry, and our strong belief in the value of a liberal arts education, we do not offer equine classes or an equine degree. The Equine Scholars Program is geared toward educating students on the multitude of professional equine careers that utilize liberal arts degrees. Students who successfully complete the Program earn an Equine Distinction. (A distinction is similar to an emphasis area.)
Equine Scholars have the flexibility to choose from any of the 40-plus majors and minors offered at Georgetown College. No matter the major, we can show you how your liberal arts education can be used in a professional equine career. This also allows Scholars to change their major and still remain in the Equine Scholars Program.
All Equine Scholars are required to complete at least one internship that combines their major with the equine industry. For example, a history major could intern at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park; a communications major could intern at one of the local equine magazines (including Blood-Horse, among others); or a pre-law student could intern at an equine law office. The Program and the Georgetown College Graves Center for Calling and Career often receive requests for interns from local equine businesses and breed associations, and many students have successfully found internships by doing their own research, too. Most internships are unpaid, but students can sometimes receive class credit for them. Internships frequently turn into part-time or full-time jobs as well as offer valuable learning and networking opportunities!
Veterinary hospitals such as Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute reserve internships for students in veterinary school, but we can help students locate local veterinarians to job-shadow.
The ESP is open to all breeds, all disciplines and all future equine career interests! There is ample diversity among our Scholars and we promote peer learning. Scholars learn more about different breeds and disciplines by cheering on fellow Scholars at horse shows, riding together, participating in or auditing clinics, and visiting different barns.
We encourage all prospective Scholars to make an official campus visit! To schedule your visit, call the GC Admissions Office at 800-788-9985 or learn more about visiting the college here.
Accepted Equine Scholars are members of the Program and do not need to reapply as long as they are full-time Georgetown College students, are active participants, meet all academic standards (currently, 2.65/semester GPA) and are in good standing with the Program. We understand that circumstances sometimes change and that students might reevaluate their interest in an equine career and/or no longer wish to participate in the Program; however, we are seeking students willing to commit to four years in the Program.
Students not accepted into the Program can reapply every year by February 1.
Applications are reviewed in February and notification letters are mailed to all applicants as soon as possible, usually in March. Accepted Equine Scholars are asked to return a signed contract as indication of their commitment to the Program.