Ryann Terwilliger '21

A Champion with a Plan
UNH equine major

When Ryann Terwilliger '21 transferred to UNH from a school with only 1,600 undergrads, she didn’t know what to expect. The Hurley, NY native, who is double-majoring in equine studies: equine industry and management and recreation policy and management: program and event management has been very happily surprised. Terwilliger is part of UNH’s Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) squad and was named the 2019 IDA Lower Training National Champion at the recent IDA National Championship Competition at Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH.

COLSA: Looking back on your time at UNH so far, what are you most proud of and why?

Ryann Terwilliger: I am proud of taking advantage of all the opportunities that UNH has to offer and immersing myself in the culture of the school.

COLSA: Why did you choose your major?

Terwilliger: I have always known that horses are my path in life. I have worked in barns since I was 10 and have worked with green horses since I was 14. Recently, I realized I also wanted a degree that could provide an alternate career path if my life with horses doesn’t work out for any reason. I really enjoy planning and organizing, therefore I decided to pursue the recreation management and policy major, with a program and event management option. I am very grateful that the opportunity to pursue two majors in areas I am passionate about.

COLSA: Any advice for students interested in your major?

Terwilliger: If you are getting an equine degree, go for a minor. The equine degree is very science intensive and helpful, although it is always helpful to have something to fall back onto, as we know horses are expensive and dangerous.

COLSA: What do you love most about UNH?

Terwilliger:  As someone who had transferred from a small school, I really appreciate all the resources and personal attention I have received at UNH. At my small school I was told that I would receive more personal interaction and attention than I would at a larger school, but at UNH my experience has been the opposite. At UNH, I have been able to access more resources and personal attention and care than I had at my previous school of 1,600 undergrad students. I love how the staff are eager to help students with any issue, whether it’s as big and broad as following your dreams or as specific as looking for help in class.

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Equine Studies Major: Equine Industry and Management Option