1015 Philadelphia Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Gender: Female Only
IHSA Number of students enrolled: 800
Director of Equestrian Program: Dr. John Tukey
Directors email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directors Phone Number: 717-262-4141 (ext. 3296)
School website: www.wilson.edu
Courses offered: Wilson College offers a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies and Equine Facilitated Therapeutics and a
Bachelor of Arts in Equine Journalism to develop students to their fullest before moving into the very competitive arenas of the
Riding description: Whether you wish to pursue a degree and an eventual career in the equine world or want to continue riding while
majoring in another discipline, Wilson College can fufull those objectives. Wilson makes it easy for students to pursue their equestrian
interests because, unlike many colleges, our facilities are part of our beautiful 300-acre campus.
Additional school info: Wilson equestrian students compete against teams from other colleges in three disciplines: Dressage, Hunt
Seat Equitation and Western Equitation. Other equestrian groups on campus include Eventing Team, Musical Drill Team and Equine
Facilitated Therapeutics Club.
On-campus equestrian facilities include: Two indoor arenas which feature shadowless lighting and rubber mix footing. Outdoor facilities
include a riding arena with racetrack sand footing, Cross Country Jump Complex with fences that range from 2' to 3'7" and 20 Acres of
fenced paddocks and pastures. Facilities include three barns with a total of 71 stalls for school and student horses.
Programs For Equestrians
Whether you wish to pursue a degree and an eventual career in the equine
world or want to continue riding while majoring in another discipline, Wilson
College can fulfill those objectives. Wilson makes it easy for students to
pursue their equestrian interests because, unlike many colleges with
equestrian offerings, our facilities are part of our beautiful 300-acre campus.
Equestrian Majors at Wilson
Wilson College offers a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies and
Equine Facilitated Therapeutics and a Bachelor of Arts in Equine Journalism
to develop students to their fullest before moving into the very competitive
arenas of the equestrian field. As prospective employers increasingly
demand professional credentials very similar to those found in Europe, a
Bachelors Degree becomes more important. Since the equestrian industry
has an annual economic impact that exceeds one billion dollars, a variety of
equine-related jobs await those individuals with the technical knowledge and
appropriate skills acquired from our degree program.
Equestrian studies has concentrations, Equine Management and Equestrian
- Prepares students for a future in stable, facility and/or event management.
- Teaches management of boarding facilities, horse shows and other
for all phases of this career field.
- Incorporates business and equine-related courses to prepare graduates
as Balanced Seat Equitation.
- Prepares students for a future in training horses and teaching riding.
- Teaches classical foundations in training and teaching techniques as well
physiology, education and psychology.
- Includes equine courses as well as courses in biology, anatomy, and
Equine Facilitated Therapeutics (EFT)
the use of the horse as a therapeutic partner for individuals with mental,
- Combines the student's knowledge of the horse with an in-depth study of
physical or emotional disabilities.
and kinesiology of both the human and the horse, evaluation techniques,
- Students gain a thorough knowledge of human disabilities, biomechanics
training the therapy horse, and methods of teaching riders with disabilities.
Horsemanship (PACTH) and is the training center for PACTH
- Wilson College is a member of the Pennsylvania Council on Therapeutic
Disabled, International (FRDI)
- Wilson College is an Associate Member of the Federation of Riding for the
- Core courses if EFT are taught by NARHA and PACTH certified Instructors
marketing, sales, and non-profit organizations related to the equine field.
- Prepares students for careers in professional writing, public relations,
the foundations of journalism.
- Provides in-depth knowledge of Equestrian Studies in conjunction with
- Offers comprehension of equine anatomy, horsemanship and horse-related
- Includes courses in conventions of journalism, public relations, feature
writing and media ethics and practices.
Wilson also offers minors in Equine Reproduction, Equine Management,
Equestrian Training and Equestrian Teaching to allow students to incorporate their
love and interest in horses into their college studies while pursuing a degree in a
"I currently run a boarding stable in Connecticut for amateur and
competitive riders; I have also worked with horses all over the
east coast and in Canada and Iceland and I have been
published in Icelandic horse periodicals, am in the process of
co-authoring a multimedia presentation on the biomechanics of
the Icelandic horse's unique gaits.
Rebecca Hartman-Berrier '04
on Equine Journalism
Equestrian Facilities at Wilson College
Both indoor arenas at the Penn Hall Equestrian Center feature
shadow-less lighting and rubber mix footing.
- Hawthorne Arena measures 100' x 300' and is equipped
with observation bleachers.
- Cook Arena measures 76' x 204'
- Kitts Arena is a 150' x 300' riding arena with racetrack sand
- Our cross country jump complex has fences that range
from 2' to 3'7"
- 20 acres of fenced paddocks and pastures offer ample
space for outdoor riding.
- Three barns with a total of 71 stalls for school and student
- All stalls are 12' x 12'
- Barns are well-lit with high ceilings and fans for ventilation,
sliding doors with see-through partitions, rubber mat
flooring, warm water wash stalls and storage and tack
- Stabling for student-owned horses is on a space-available
- Students are allowed to use their own horse or an
assigned school horse for their lessons.
- Boarding fees cover the cost of hay, bedding, feed, stall
cleaning and turnout.
- Veterinary, shoeing and additional feeding costs are the
responsibility of the student.
- Students may ride their horses during operating hours.
"Wilson professors instilled in me the motivation
to be the best instructor I could be, the ability to
think critically, and the inspiration to be a difference
in someone else's life."
Megan Westover-Giordano '08
Equestrian Life at Wilson College
Wilson equestrian students compete against teams from other colleges in three disciplines:
Other equestrian groups on campus:
- Hunt Seat Equitation
- Western Equitation
- Eventing Team
- Musical Drill Team
- Equine Facilitated Therapeutics Club
Equestrian Center Events
- Prior to being scheduled in riding classes, freshman and transfer students are given a 20-30
minute riding evaluation to help coordinate class development.
- Clinics are given by nationally and internationally known clinicians. Those offering clinics over
the past few years include Jane Bartle, Henrik Johansen, Barbara Bergman, Evelyn Susol,
Kenny Harlow and Pat Parelli.
- Wilson hosts at least one Intercollegiate Hunt Seat show and one Intercollegiate Dressage
Association show every year.
- Wilson also hosts several Combined Tests, Dressage Shows and Hunt Seat/Fun Shows
- Students are involved in show management and all phases of these events.
Internships and Study Abroad
- Students may use the arenas during off hours for further training and riding.
- Through the pairs riding program, students may also use the trails or coordinate trail rides
through the community.
- Many students join our equestrian clubs for additional riding time and training.
Pony Club Scholarship
- Students are encouraged to actively look for appropriate training centers to develop their
internship as soon as they know their focus of interest. The Career Development Office at the
College provides assistance.
- Wilson offers a semester study abroad program with Hartpury College in Great Britian.
Pony Club members with a C-3 or higher rating combined with a minimum cumulative high school
grade point average of 3.0 in a college prep curriculum are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship to Wilson
"I love the trainers and instructors at Wilson.
They are accepting of all personal goals and
sincerely work hard to get you there"
Katie Douglas '08
Quality Instructors With Experience
Wilson College offers very experienced instructors in the classroom,
accommodating a wide range of students entering the program. While our
instructors ask students to apply themselves, we do not find it necessary
to scream or shame students into learning. We count on the maturity of our
students to carry them forward into their training.
John Tukey, Director of Equestrian Studies
B.A., B.S, D.V.M. Washington State University; DVM residency in Veterinary
Anesthesia, Graduate A USPC, 1978
- Teaches level equitation classes, Reproduction, Anatomy and
Physiology, coaching and health management classes.
- Coach of Eventing Team and cross country course builder.
- Competed through open preliminary in Eventing and trains at 3rd
level in Dressage.
- Taught at universities, Pony Clubs and private clinics for over 25
- Trained with Dietrich Von Hofpgarten, Richard Meade, Kevin
Freeman, Lockie Richards, Jane Bartle and Henrik Johansen.
Ann O'Shallie, Associate Professor of Equestrian Studies and Coordinator
of Equine Facilitated Therapeutics (EFT) Program
B.S., University of Maryland-Animal and Equine Science
M., Ed., Penn State University
- Past Vice President of NARHA;Secretary and Education Chair,
- NARHA and PACTH Master Instructor and Evaluator
- Teaches core EFT courses, Anatomy and Physiology,
Biomechanicsw and Kinesiology, Equine Health Management and
- Teaches Intermediate, Advanced and Specialized Equitation in
Balanced Seat, Hunt Seat, Western Equitation and Vaulting.
- Taught at universities, equestrian programs and clinics for 30
- Academic and club/team advisor for Western Team, Drill Team and
"There are endless opportunities for people to expand their riding horizons
at Wilson whether or not they have their own horse"
Heather Newett '07
Contact Wilson College
This information on this page introduces you to the equestrian programs
and facilities at Wilson. No Advertisement can ever take the place of a visit
where you can explore the campus and all of our facilities as well as
speak with faculty and students.
For more information regarding the equestrian programs at Wilson
- The admissions office plans open house events and visit days that
are detailed on our college website www.wilson.edu/visit
- Scheduled individual visits are available on weekdays wherein
your campus tour and meetings are tailored to your interests.
- Information for prospective students can be obtained by calling our
Admissions Office at (800) 421-8402 of filling out an online inquiry
please visit www.wilson.edu/equestriancenter
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