Sunday, October 31, 1999

College starts equine center construction




BY DAVID ECK
Enquirer Contributor

        WILMINGTON — Wilmington College students interested in horses are incorporating that interest in their course work.

        This fall, the college began offering an equine studies minor to complement such majors as business, communications or even law. The minor is intended for those in other fields who may wish a career relating to horses.

        “We're looking for students who are interested in maintaining some kind of affiliation with the equine industry,” said Randy Sarvis, the school's public relations director. “Our program will complement, say, a major in business.”

        The college on Friday broke ground for its equine center. The $750,000 center will feature a 72-by-328-foot barn with 24 horse stalls, paddocks, tack rooms and other equine amenities. There also will be a classroom observation deck between the barn and an indoor arena. The center will encompass 40 acres.

        The equine course work involves the technical or scientific basis of equine science as well as the hands-on segment of riding and training the horse and rider, said Dr. Monte Anderson, chair of the agriculture department.

        “We feel both of these areas are critical in preparing students for a career related to equine science,” he said. “The combinations are numerous and the opportunities are endless.”

        The business of horses is the fastest growing segment of the agriculture industry, Mr. Sarvis said.

        “In this part of the country, equine related activities are extremely popular,” he said. “Wilmington felt that having an equine program was a natural because we have a very successful agriculture program.”

       



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