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Equestrian Studies

The Stephens College equestrian program is known for hands-on, immersive learning; a small class environment; and faculty, advisers and mentors dedicated to your success. Our women’s college environment provides unprecedented opportunities to get involved, be a leader and challenge yourself to chase down your dreams.

About the Program 

Here's what you can do as a student in the equestrian program at Stephens:

  • Study and ride Huntseat, Western, Saddle Seat or Driving.
  • Customize your experience with tracks, coursework and minors that align with your personal and professional goals. 
  • Participate and compete in national, regional and community horse shows.
  • Learn from the industry professionals and experts who speak and present clinics on campus. 
  • Join the Prince of Wales Club, the country’s oldest continuously active riding club.
  • Participate in the Stephens Equine Therapeutic Association.
  • Leverage our extensive career services and alumnae network (after all, we've achieved a 100% job placement rate for five years in a row). 

Stephens College offers a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies as part of the School of Health Sciences. 

The Stephens College Equestrian Center 

It’s all about location—and the Stephens Equestrian program couldn’t ask for a better one. An easy walk from campus, our Equestrian Center is a vital part of the Stephens College footprint, nestled between campus and downtown on one side and a beautiful park on the other. Our Equestrian Center is also proud to be one of Columbia’s “Most Notable Properties.” For generations, the center has been home to a special group of horses including Quarter Horses, Saddlebreds, Paints and Pintos, and Warmbloods. Community events and summer camps invite the community to enjoy the experience of riding as well. 


Equestrian Program Guidelines
Equestrian Program Handbook 
Faculty (School of Health Sciences)
Link to the community riding program.  

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In The News 

Columbia Missourian: Animal Communication at Stephens (video)
Columbia Missourian: Animal Communicator Astounds Stephens Equestrian Students
Washington Times: Equestrian College Gives Students, Public Breadth of Lessons
Columbia Missourian: Equestrian Students Get Practical Experience at Stephens College
KMOU: Boone County Historical Society Showcases Local Horse Stables
CoMo Living: A Day in the Life with equestrian instructor and alumna Sara Linde Patel.
Saddle & Bridle: Kelly Hulse directs Stephens saddle seat program

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