Bethany Equestrian Program to Move to Pegasus Farm

BETHANY, W.Va. — BethanyCollege has announced that the Equine Studies Program has found a new home. Starting this fall, students taking classes in Equine Studies will attend classes at Pegasus Farm Equestrian Center in Wheeling, W.Va. The College has also announced that Anne Kaufman, co-owner of Pegasus Farm, has been named Coordinator of Equine Facilities and Riding and Dr. Amanda Stewart, who is entering her second year as Assistant Professor of Biology at Bethany, has been named Director of Equine Studies.

“Bethany College has enjoyed a long-standing tradition of providing a quality education in both liberal arts and professional studies,” said Dr. Michael P. Mihalyo, Jr., Provost and Dean of Faculty at Bethany. “Much of the success over the years can be attributed to the fine faculty and staff. We are pleased to continue this tradition of academic excellence with the addition of Dr. Stewart and Ms. Kaufman in these capacities.”

Pegasus Farm Equestrian Center is located 4 miles from Bethany. The 160-acre farm is a full-service facility that offers: complete boarding services; instruction for riders, specializing in three-day eventing, dressage and hunter-jumper; horse training from the ground up through any discipline; breeding and horse sales. The farm is also home to “Pegasus Pure Gold,” a Jockey Club registered, Palomino thoroughbred stallion.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to not only work with the students in this wonderful program, but to also provide them with a hands-on learning experience,” said Kaufman.

In 1998 Kaufman and her husband, Mark, purchased Pegasus Farm. They have since purchased additional acreage in preparation to expand the breeding capabilities of the farm.

Stewart earned a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her M.S. in Reproductive Physiology and Ph.D. in Animal Science from West Virginia University. She has animal handling and surgery experience in both research/veterinary and farm settings.

A competitive endurance rider, Stewart also has experience with hunter-jumper, polo, and foxhunting and has trained with internationally known trainers Susan W. Ashe, Dennis Mitchell and Kimberly Burnette-Mitchell and Tom and Rita Swift.

“I am happy to contribute to the strong and growing Equestrian Program at Bethany College, and I am happy to begin working with professional event rider Anne Kaufman,” said Stewart. “Our goal will be to continue to develop strong students who will be industry-ready upon graduation--ready to contribute to the equine community as managers and riders or enter the fields of veterinary medicine and animal research.”

Currently conducting research in genetics and reproductive physiology, Stewart recently received a $55,000 research grant in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture and West Virginia University.