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The College Search: Top Equestrian Colleges

Posted by East-West Arena Construction

Sep 12, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Are you or your child hoping to study equestrian science or participate in an excellent riding program in college? You're in luck! We've provided a list of some of the top equestrian colleges in the United States.


Caption: Students who major in Equine Studies can choose a concentration ranging from Riding Instruction and Training to Equine Business Management.


  • Alfred University (Alfred, NY). Not only does Alfred University offer a minor in Equine Studies, they allow students with a passion for horses to compete! You can join the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) varsity or junior varsity team in English or Western. At the school's state-of-the art Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center, you'll have the chance to ride some of the 40 university-owned horses! Back in the classroom, your studies will continue as you choose a major to combine with your Equine Studies minor: consider business, pre-vet, pre-med, or psychology. You'll go on field trips, attend equestrian seminars, and you can even be a summer camp counselor!
  • Centenary College (Hackettstown, New Jersey). Centenary College offers an amazing selection of programs for the equestrian student. Choose from a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science (pre-vet), Bachelor or Associates of Science in Equine Studies, Minor in Equine Studies, or a Therapeutic Riding Certification. Students who major in Equine Studies can choose a concentration ranging from Riding Instruction and Training to Equine Business Management. The college will help students find unique and exciting internships and even guide them to post-graduate employment opportunities. When it comes to competing, students can join the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) team, the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team, and the Hunter/Jumper team. Centenary College even offers its students the exciting opportunity to study abroad!
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado). CSU's Equine Sciences program is one of the most unique in the country, with an impressive amount of degree programs including a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science, a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in the fields of nutrition, reproduction and clinical sciences, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. CSU offers an extensive selection of fascinating courses. Students can choose from practical courses like Horse Handling and Safety, Trail Riding, Equine Behavior, Therapeutic Riding, Equine Sales Production, and Packing & Outfitting. CSU will also help place students in internships. You can even join an exciting and fun extracurricular activity; CSU has a Horse Judging Team, Polo Club, Rodeo Club, Versatility Ranch Horse Club, English Riding Club, Mountain Riders Horse Club, Collegiate Horseman’s Association, and the Equine Sciences Stewards!
  • Lake Erie College (Painesville, Ohio). Lake Erie College offers a variety of Equine Studies majors with a basis in liberal arts education. These majors include Equestrian Facility Management, Equine Entrepreneurship, and Equestrian Teacher/Trainer. Students can also minor in Equine Studies, taking courses in Riding Skills, Equine Health, Dressage, and Eventing. Lake Erie College offers many internships at local barns for Equine Studies students, and even features a wide range of study abroad options in England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada!

This is just a sampling of some of the excellent equestrian colleges located throughout the United States. To continue your research, consider the programs at Penn State University, Murray State University, Savannah College of Art & Design, and University of New Hampshire. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Topics: College Equestrian