Asbury University Equine Center
It is the vision of the Asbury University Equine Program to become a Christ-Centered leader in quality equine education and to serve our community, country, and world in ministry. It is therefore our mission to become the best program available by bringing glory and praise to God as we minister using horses. We provide a quality education and training and constantly strive for excellence in all areas, while operating in a responsible, safe, and satisfying environment.
Asbury University is located in Wilmore, Kentucky, just south of Lexington in the middle of the Bluegrass region. With Lexington being known as the Horse Capital of the World, there are limitless opportunities for students to excel in their equine education at Asbury, and to gain practical experience on the many local farms and businesses.
The Asbury Program is based upon experiential learning combined with a solid equine science curriculum. Students are immediately placed in the barn working with horses on a daily schedule while studying basic courses on behavior, safety, feeding and caring for the horse. Courses in stable management, horse training, and conformation are an example of the offerings freshmen are taking. Upper classmen study courses in lameness, reproduction and farm and ranch management to name a few.
Unique to Asbury is a Horsemanship Ministry Class, where students use their skills and the school’s facilities to perform services for the community. Exhibitions at national meetings and other occasions keep our Vaulting Teams and Police Mount Training Program very busy. Often students are asked to assist and participate at national meetings in Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park. Just last year our Police Mount Training program was the only College or University team asked to present a program at the World Equestrian Games.
The Equine Center also has 6 miles of trails that overlook the Palisades of the Kentucky River, giving trail riders a wonderful experience being in the natural beauty of this area. Students conduct rides for the public and for private parties which gives them experience managing a string of horses, and subsequently many find employment at various types of camps across the country.
Our major in Equine Facilitated Wellness combines Equine Studies major with the Psychology major to equip students to work with children, teens, and adults who struggle with mental, emotional, and physical challenges. Students can complete the Equine Facilitated Wellness Track and graduate in four years. In this program students work with the Jessamine County school’s Jessamine Connection; these college age students with special needs come to the Equine Center weekly to” connect” with the horses. Asbury students, faculty, and community volunteers work long hours ministering and teaching Connection students to ride and care for their horses. One student, Philip Riley won a medal at the World Equine Special Olympics in Dublin, Ireland. Asbury always participates in the Kentucky Equine Special Olympics.
Asbury graduates are well qualified to enter the workforce. With a history of having a strong Liberal Arts education, students not only attain skills needed in their field of study but also have acquired great communication skills, and interpersonal relations. Students develop physically, academically, and spiritually during their four years here and are excited to enter their chosen professions. Asbury graduate Susanna Elliott (2007) public relation manager for the World Equestrian Games for Alltech, sums it the best, “I really felt the professors encouraged us to be at the top of our fields as well as a light for Christ in the field. They taught us that the two could exist simultaneously and did a brilliant job of equipping students to do that.”