What is the Equine Scholars Program?

The Equine Scholars Program at Georgetown College enables qualified students to obtain a first-class education at a premiere 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, located just over seven miles from the Kentucky Horse Park, home of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and site of many other equestrian competitions and events. 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 acaIMG_3222eyesdemic programs, including (but not limited to):

  • Art
  • Communication
  • Business
  • Drama
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary
  • Psychology


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.

Program Expectations20131010_GTC_0981

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.

Vision Statement

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.