Isothermal Community College

Polk Center

Equine Program

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Shouldn't your love for horses lead you to a career that starts in Horse Country?

Why Start Your Career in Tryon Horse Country?

Wouldn’t you like to start your career with horses in the center of one of the most energized equestrian areas in the country? Wouldn’t you like to train with the best ranked trainers and instructors in the country? Would you like to be close to the action such as three competition venues, a nationally respected equine surgical hospital and some of the best horse farms around?

Tryon Horse Country has it all. Opportunities abound for hands on instruction. We can boast world class riders, horses and trainers. We have a multitude of recreational and commercial horse farms. We have 25 equine organizations. 

Historically, Polk County is the birthplace of the modern Equestrian Olympic team and as such, has a long record of attracting the country’s best trainers and riders. Today, equine professionals settle here for the year round climate, good footing, excellent industry infrastructure (noted vets, farriers, equine construction, two equine ambulances and nationally rated shows). We are on the north-south corridor for competition schedules.  

Program Overview

The equine entrepreneurship degree program is a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on the core business management and equine studies courses required to be a successful entrepreneur in the equine industry. The program will include strong business acumen with equine knowledge base and skills that are essential to the success of all equine ventures. Isothermal Community College is one of the first in the nation to offer this major. Students will gain an understanding of the complexity of the equine industry and its economic importance to the greater American economy. Students will also obtain management skills necessary for a successful business in the equine industry. Further, the program includes a working intern experience with equine business ventures in the development of a business plan for a start-up equine venture. The professional skills learned will enable students to transform their love of horses into rewarding careers.

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Kate Barkschat
Director, Polk Center
828-395-1163
kbarkschat@isothermal.edu