BRISTOL, Va. -

 We've learned Emory & Henry College is talking with Virginia Intermont about taking over their equestrian program.

Director of Public Relations for Emory & Henry, Dirk Moore, tells us they have been in talks with VI, but nothing has been decided yet.

We spoke with people who work at the sable who tell us donors paid the electric bill for the stable because the school didn't have the money.

The workers also tell us leftover money students raised to go to the national competitions has gone to feed the horses.

Moore tells us the equestrian program at VI is a prestigious program that would be a first for the college. "A lot of colleges like us do have these programs and it would just be a matter of determining how it would work and whether it’s consistent with our mission and other details related to the financial end of it," he said.

Moore says there is no timeline set for a decision.

Staff at the stable tells us most of the horses are going to free lease situations for the summer with alumni or students to help cut down on the cost at the stable.

They tell us the horses will return at the end of August.