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Equestrian Center featured in 'Today's Equestrian'

Alfred University’s equestrian program was featured in the January / February 2011special college and education issue of Today’s Equestrian magazine.

The issue profiled several top college equestrian programs, including Alfred University, Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., Post University in Waterbury, Conn. and Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J.

The article provided an overview of AU’s equestrian education program, including the Equestrian Studies minor, a 16-credit minor combining equine theory courses and riding classes. The minor is designed to be paired with majors such as Business Administration and Biology to prepare students for careers in various equine industries.

The article also discussed AU’s English and Western equestrian teams, which the university recognizes as varsity sports, meaning that there are no out-of-pocket expenses for team members.

"Alfred … prides itself on the amount of personal attention afforded students," the article said.

The program’s Western riding instructor and Western IHSA and IEA team coach Kristen Kovatch ’10 was also featured in the magazine’s Alumni Spotlight. Kovatch, who graduated from AU with a BA in English and minors in music and equine studies, discussed how her diverse education helped to prepare her for the rigors of her job as a teacher, trainer and coach.

"My four years at Alfred University were packed with academics, jobs, rehearsals, practices and meetings," Kovatch said. "I didn’t choose to focus on purely equine-related pursuits, which broadened my experience and prepared me for my current job."

Today’s Equestrian is an equine publication offering training advice, horse care articles and product features and horse show and barn highlights for East Coast riders. The magazine is published 1o times a year and is available at tack shops, feed stores and horse shows throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.