Wesleyan College 4760 Forsyth Road Macon, Georgia 31210 gender:Female Only IHSA Students in program:10 Number of students enrolled: 700 Director of Equestrian Program: Courtenay Bunn Directors email: firstname.lastname@example.org Directors Phone Number: 478-757-5103 Team Coach: Courtenay Bunn Coach's email: email@example.com Coach's phone number: 478-757-5103 school website: www.wesleyancollege.edu Courses offered: Students who are not interested in showing and competing, may sign up for a course in riding. Riding courses satisfy Wesleyan’s Health & Physical Education (HPE) requirement. Courses are mounted classes that teach the fundamentals of riding, as well as the proper care of the horse and equipment. Students may ride hunt seat or western.
Fundamentals of Riding I. This mounted class will introduce the student to the seven physical qualities of a good position to achieve the four fundamentals of riding: unity, security, effective use of the aids, and non-abuse; correct attire and turnout for horse and rider; preparation and use of the horse and related tack; position work and levels of control. Western and hunt seat are taught in this beginning-level class.
Fundamentals of Riding II. A continuation of riding on the sophomore level. Correct development and use of the seat and its effects on the horse; developing and improving the unity and balance between the rider and the horse; coordinating aids in relation to the mechanics of the horse with emphasis being placed on correct timing. Designed for riders who have already had some formal instruction. Western and hunt seat are taught.
Riding description: The Wesleyan College Equestrian Program was established in 1928 and has since grown to national competition status with several regional and national champions in hunt seat and western events. Our well-developed and versatile program has the unique ability to accommodate riders competing at a wide variety of levels. Competition is offered in hunt seat equitation and western horsemanship. Our equestrians compete in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and Affiliated National Riding Commission (ANRC) events against competitors from colleges and universities across the country including the University of Florida, University of Miami, Georgia Southern University, College of Charleston, and several others. At the heart of Wesleyan’s Equestrian Program are fourteen high caliber horses with extensive show records.
Facilities: Our horses enjoy the pleasures of the Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center, completed in the summer of 1999. The 24-stall barn is equipped with a student and boarder tack room, three wash racks, a feed room, and a lounge. Six turn-out paddocks are connected by a fenced allée and a lighted riding ring. The generous accommodations of the equestrian center allow space for a number of our students to board their own horses on campus. Convenient and safe boarding on campus is available at a reasonable rate and includes feed, hay, a stall, turnout, blanketing in the winter and worming. Owners are responsible for farrier and veterinarian bills. Many students pay part of their college tuition by working part-time jobs in the equestrian center.
Competition Team: Wesleyan has a hunt seat and a western team. A student may tryout for one or both teams at the beginning of the academic year. All interested students are encouraged to tryout for the team, regardless of experience. The team includes riders from walk-trot to riders who have been showing for years.
Additional school info: Chartered in 1836, Wesleyan was the first college in the world to grant degrees to women. Wesleyan is regarded as one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges, is consistently recognized for academic excellence and was recently recognized by The Princeton Review as the nation's #3 "Best Value" private college for 2010. Wesleyan offers undergraduate degrees in 32 majors and 29 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs including seminary, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, health sciences, dental, and law. The acceptance rate of Wesleyan students into medical, law, business, and other graduate programs is exemplary. Beyond the academic, Wesleyan offers a thriving residence life program and meaningful opportunities for community involvement and leadership. Click here to visit the official website for the Wesleyan Equestrian Team!