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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dormitory, Hotel Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class/Credit Status: 03 Junior, 04 Senior Areas of Study: Equine Business Mangement/Riding
Program Model: JWU Faculty-Led Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Host | Preliminary Itinerary | Group Size | Academic Overview | Academic Format | Faculty Leader
Sample Excursions | Housing | Meals | Flights | Student Conduct | Orientation
Equine - Westphalian Riding School: German Bronze Medals Course
Equine Germany 1
Westphalian Riding and Driving School
German Bronze Medals Course

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY (final itinerary subject to change)
June 2 Arrive Frankfurt
June 5-17 Muenster
June 20 Depart Program

7 Students
The German Medals are recognized as a riding credential throughout the world, and this course focuses on solidifying the knowledge and skills required to pass the testing for Level 5 and 4 Bronze Medals. Testing for the Level 5 Bronze Medal will include training level dressage, jumping a 2’9” course, riding theory, and animal protection laws. The Level 4 Bronze will test first/second level dressage jumping at 3’3” stadium course, riding theory, stable management, and veterinary care. This program will include farm visits, horse shows, auctions, and other equine-related excursions.  

The Westphalian Riding and Driving School comfortably rests in the countryside a short drive from Muenster, Germany. The school is within biking distance of the charming town of Handorf, whose delicious bakeries, pastry shops, delis, and restaurants make for a delightful rest while on an ATM trip or supply run. The nearby city of Warendorf, with the German Olympic Training Center and a strong equestrian identity, is both a fun and relevant excursion destination.

Total Credit Hours Earned Abroad On This Program:
  • 9 quarter credits
The specific course on this program is listed in the "Courses Offered" link above.

Equine Germany 2Student Status: 
Must demonstrate you are a current Johnson & Wales University student or a matriculating student at another academic institution.

JWU Student Prerequisites:
Riding at 1st level dressage

Non-JWU Student Prerequisite Courses:
Proof of riding skills must be presented through your application materials.

The host school delivers riding instruction. A JWU faculty member from the Equine Business Management/Riding program serves as the program faculty leader and coordinates pre-departure information, travels with the group, coordinates with local hosts, and assigns the final grade for the program course.

The faculty leader will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected student group and outline any pre-departure assignments.

Learning on study abroad programs occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. During the program, you should expect to be in program-related activities 50-60 hours per week. Activities include traditional classroom lectures, industry visits, cultural excursions, and group meals. You are required to participate in the full program itinerary and group activities. Additional academic requirements may include daily riding journals; summaries of lectures, tours, and additional learning experiences; reflective paper on experience; and a final evaluation.

Sample Daily Schedule
6:30-7:30 am Barn Chores
7:30 Breakfast
8:00-11:30 Ride/Observe
11:30-12:30 Theory Lecture
12:30-2:00 Lunch/Break
2:00-5:30 Ride and/or Theory Lesson 2
5:30 Closing Chores
Dirk Fogg

Horse shows
Tours of training facilities and farms
The German Riding School, Warendorf
German Olympic Training Center
Cultural tours/events
Double-quadruple occupancy rooms at the Westphalian Riding and Driving School. Hotel rooms during excursions.

Breakfast included, most lunches and dinners included. Some dinners on own. Due to strict riding schedules, barn work, and necessary study time, some meals at the school will be build-your-own-sandwich with supplies brought from local bakeries and delis.  

Flight parameters are set by Study Abroad to accommodate group logistics. Do not purchase any flight until the specific parameters are communicated to you via your Study Abroad ULearn site, usually three months prior to departure.

You must be in good standing with your campus's office of Student Conduct or Student Affairs for the dates of the program.

Each program has a mandatory orientation process which starts the term before your program starts. Failure to participate in the various meetings listed below may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.

Pre-departure meetings vary according to the program model and typically include discussions, on-line resources, and assignments to ensure you understand your specific program, the courses, housing, costs and other related details. These meetings may be a combination of in-person and web-based meeting formats.

An in-person Study Abroad Retreat is scheduled on each campus with advertised dates, times, and locations to discuss topics relevant to all study abroad programs. 

An in-country Orientation is included upon arrival to your program for on-site information and program reminders.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.