Equine Business Institute

July 15-19, 2018 DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 18, 2018! Don’t delay – apply today!

Each year Alfred University welcomes students from all over the country to our beautiful camps to take part in popular academic camps and institutes. These programs provide a great opportunity to learn more about a favorite subject, to sample life on a college campus and to meet other students with similar interests.

We are excited to once again be offering an Equine Business Institute. This 4-day co-ed residential camp will provide campers the opportunity to learn more about the Horse Industry as a Business and all concepts this entails (from riding and caring for the horses to spending a full day at a local county fair).

The Equine Business Institute will provide campers hands-on experience with handling horses as well as the business end of running a successful Equine Center from start to finish. The emphasis will be on providing campers the ability to see what running a successful equine center is all about. The program will be led by Alfred University's Director of Equestrian Studies/Director of the Alfred University Equestrian Center.

Campers will participate in sessions that will cover:

  • Issues facing the industry today
  • How to care for a horse in the sagging economy
  • Basic needs of a horse (feed, bedding, bandaging, first-aid, etc.)
  • Knowing vital signs of a healthy vs. sick horse
  • Marketing/management of your barn and services which include:
    • building the barn's identity
    • creating a business plan
    • pricing services
    • facility design and layout
    • staffing needs

There will also be time set aside for riding and one day at a local fair which will give hands-on experience throughout the fair as well as experience with various management jobs at the horse show.

Who Can Attend?
We welcome applications from students entering grades 9-12 who wish to learn more about the equine business and how to be successful in running an equestrian center. The number of participants is kept small (6-12) to allow for individualized attention and optimal use of equipment and horses.

Campers attend classes during the day and enjoy recreational activities in the evening. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Mr. Stephen Shank, Director of Equestrian Studies/Director of the Equestrian Center at Alfred University serves as director of this Institute. He has more than 40 years' experience in the horse industry. He is owner of Shank Quarter Horses, specializing in training open, youth and amateur riders for shows, and horse show management. He competes successfully on local and national levels and is a money-earning rider in NSBA, NRHA and AQHA events.

He is a nationally sanctioned horse show judge with American Paint Horse Association, Palomino Horse Breeders Association, Pinto Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada, American Ranch Horse Association and National Snaffle Bit Association (Category 1). Also, Steve is able to judge National Reining Horse Associations horse shows.

He is a clinician for various local and national organizations and presenter of "From the Judges Point of View." He has his AS degree in Math and Science from Niagara Community College, a BBA and MBA (Accounting from Niagara University, and is an IRS enrolled agent and registered tax return preparer.

When not in class, campers have lots of fun participating in recreational activities. Living, dining and learning together ro provide ample opportunity to get to know each other well and develop lasting friendships. Sample activities include:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted
  • Movies in Nevins Theater
  • Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"
  • Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," "Project Runway," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
  • Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club
  • Relaxing and socializing at a local coffee house
  • Farewell party on the last night

When campers are not in class, they are supervised by specially-trained Camp Counselors who serve as positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer students are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.

Housing and Meals:
Campers stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer camps (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Males and females are housed in separate buildings. Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Our Camp Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.

Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.

Tuition, Room and Board:
The program fee is $775. This includes a non-refundable $100 deposit. This covers tuition, supervision, class materials, fair entry fee, recreational activities, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day. Attendance to the fair is required however should there be inclement weather a decision will be made to cancel the trip as safety for all campers is of the utmost importance.

The $100 deposit must be submitted with the application by May 1, 2018. The remaining balance is due June 1, 2018.

Each participant is responsible for transportation to and from campus, incidentals and extra nights or meals. If, for any reason, a participant must be sent home early, all expenses will be paid by the student/parents.

Commuter Rate: 
Campers living locally who wish to attend this program as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which includes tuition, supervision, program materials and lunch, is $675. Evening recreational activities are not included. Campers who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM each day, except Thursday, when pick-up time is 4:00 PM. Please be sure to select "Commuter" for living situation on the application form.

Financial Aid:
Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for this summer program.


Students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A completed online application form
  • $100 deposit (paid on online application form)
  • Copy of an up-to-date transcript or most recent report card
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers (on official school stationery)
  • A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend this program (in your own words, with your signature at the bottom)

Send to: 
Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802 or fax to 607-871-2045, or scan and send to us via email.

Acceptance Procedure:
After the new May 1 deadline, the Summer Camp Director, will evaluate all applications and determine which students will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email mid-May, 2018.

Once accepted they will be sent, along with their acceptance letter, specific instructions on where to find and download all required documents/materials including medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc. These materials must be filled out as soon as possible and must be back in our hands by June 1. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.) Should you need an extension of this deadline please notify the Office of Summer Programs at: 607-871-2612.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received from June 2-10. No refunds are given for cancellations received after June 10.

For further general information please contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling 607-871-2612. For specific information concerning this institute please contact Mr. Shank at 607-587-9012 or via email.

About Alfred:
Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about your favorite subject and meeting other students who share your passion for writing!

The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the date indicated in your acceptance notification. After that date students must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.

Program Cancellation:
The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

AU Policy Against Discrimination:
Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

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