BRISTOL, Va. - The equestrian program formerly operated by now-shuttered Virginia Intermont College will live on, overseen by Emory & Henry College.
The blue and gold colors of E & H adorned the VI riding center this morning as officials from both schools formalized a relationship that has been discussed for the past few months. VI ceased operations in early May.
"We are excited to be adding Emory & Henry's national reputation for excellence to a program that has earned stellar recognition for excellence in equestrian competition," E & H President Jack Schrum said during a ceremony at the center.
E & H will offer both the competitive riding program and the equine studies academic component, Schrum said.
Both he and interim VI President Art Rebrovick credited Don and Etta Nicewonder and members of their family for helping facilitate the negotiations. The Nicewonders own the 129 acres occupied by the riding center.
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