By Carlee Colvard
The Vision Online Lifestyle Editor
North Greenville University has taken the old phrase “horsing around” to a whole new level with the addition of its very own equestrian center.
Located close to the university on Camp Creek Road, the equestrian center will provide students with greater opportunities for future careers in animal science.
Thomas Allen, the dean of sciences and department head of animal science, said the equestrian center allows the students to develop their educations to be successful in the future.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science will aid students in future veterinary work, animal research and even teach them how to train horses and manage the facilities.
The degree will consist of two tracks. One track will consist of an equestrian degree and the other will be a pre-professional track for those pursuing grad school for a career in animal sciences.
The center consists of 50 acres of land and four horses that were donated to the university.
The facilities on ground are currently being built, and much of the building was completed by mission teams that came to work there over the summer.
Andrew Stevens, mass communication instructor at North Greenville, was able to help build the wall and roof framing with a mission team from Alabama. Along with the volunteers, Paul Epting, director of contracting and construction, and his work crew have been influential in the building of the facility.
Allen now teaches Introduction to Animal Sciences, which lays the foundation for the degree in animal science.
Gabrielle Tarrant, a current student in the class, said she enrolled in the course because she wants to further her education in the study of animals. Tarrant says she wants to one day become a veterinarian. She said, “I think the new center will be great for the new program. It will really allow us to get hands on experience with horses without having to leave NGU.”
The students will not only be able to learn from a classroom environment, but from actual interaction with the horses and facilities at the center.