UofL’s Equine Industry Program launches Horse Racing Industry Business Certificate

    Image courtesy Coady Photography
    Image courtesy Coady Photography

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville’s College of Business announces the launch of the Horse Racing Industry Business Certificate. This unique, online-only certificate is designed for current and aspiring industry professionals focused on building successful careers in the horse racing industry. Students participating in this program will graduate with an in-depth knowledge of the issues that challenge the industry and insight into innovative business approaches required to resolve them.

    “We worked in collaboration with the industry through local, national and international focus groups to develop the content for this program,” said Sean Beirne, equine industry program director. “We touch on topical and pressing issues happening in our industry including crisis management, the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act and an in-depth look at stakeholders including breeding farms, horse sales, racetracks and the rapidly expanding segment of aftercare.

    “As a former racetrack executive, I believe this certificate will help accelerate someone’s career.”

    The 9-credit-hour, graduate-level certificate is comprised of six courses. Each course is 1.5 credit hours and runs five weeks.  The certificate is intended as a stand-alone program; however, the credits are applicable toward completion of an MBA.

    Three courses will be offered in the fall of 2021. All six courses will be available in the spring 2022, with two courses per five-week session. For more information, visit the certificate website.

    Horse Racing Industry Business Certificate courses:

    EQIN 610 Horse Racing Industry Overview
    EQIN 620 Strategic Communications for the Equine Industry
    EQIN 630 Management and Leadership of Equine Enterprises
    EQIN 640 Racetrack Operations and Related Activities
    EQIN 650 Equine and Sports Analytics
    EQIN 650 Regulatory Law in the Thoroughbred Industry

    As the only undergraduate equine program in the world located in an AACSB accredited college of business, core business administration classes for the UofL Equine Industry Program combine with 27 hours of specialized education, focusing on equine enterprises and event management. Because of the program’s location in famed Kentucky horse country, classroom instruction is supplemented with the opportunity for internships, field experience and contacts with prominent industry professionals.


    Betty Coffman
    Betty Coffman is a Communications Coordinator focused on research and innovation at UofL. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing.