01/30/2007 1:00AM

UK to offer equine degrees


The University of Kentucky in Lexington will offer undergraduate degrees in equine management beginning in the fall of 2007, the university announced on Monday.

The equine management degree program will have two tracks that will allow students to focus on horse and farm management or business and organizational management in the horse industry, the university announced. UK will become the fourth college in the country to offer degrees in equine management, joining the University of Arizona, the University of Louisville, and Midway College, also in Kentucky, which offers a program that focuses on riding skills.

UK has previously offered courses in equine management, but not a degree program. Equine groups in and near Lexington, had pressed UK to offer equine degrees.

"The equine industry is a major economic engine, not only for Kentucky, but worldwide," said Dan Rosenberg, the chief operating officer of Three Chimneys Farm and the executive-in-residence at UK's College of Agriculture. "It is imperative that we educate and properly prepare those who will lead the industry in the coming decade."

As part of the announcement, UK also said it would expand and renovate its Maine Chance Farm near Lexington. The project will cost $13 million, but the university has so far raised only $3 million.