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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. As part of a program that cultivates a 100% career placement rate and an extensive alumnae network, equestrian studies students are well positioned for success.

Tailor your program to your goals

Stephens College offers a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies as part of the School of Health Sciences. Customize your experience with tracks, coursework and minors that align with your personal and professional goals.  

  • Equine Business track
    This track prepares you for entrepreneurship and management in the equine industry. 
  • Equine Science track
    This track puts you on a path to graduate school or a rewarding career in equine health. 

Both of the tracks above can provide strong career preparation for students who come to Stephens with or without riding experience. Those without riding experience will begin with "ground courses," those that teach safe horse-handling. 

Many students in these tracks participate in horse shows for fun and competition. 

  • Teaching/Training track
    This track is for the competitive multi-disciplined rider who is interested in pursuing a career as a teacher or trainer. This track is ideal for those looking for a rigorous riding program and requires faculty approval to enroll. Students will need to demonstrate significant riding and competition experience including a high level of proficiency in at least one discipline. 

We also offer an Equestrian Studies minor as well as courses for the non-rider.

What you'll learn 

Four disciplines, one family

No matter your career path or track, you’ll find an caring faculty who help you find your path, a sense of community and commitment, and a supportive culture.

  • 100% job placement rate for five years in a row
  • Four riding disciplines: Huntseat, Western, Saddle Seat or Driving
  • Opportunities to compete and participate in national, regional and community horse shows
  • Visiting industry professionals and experts who present clinics on campus and network with students
  • Prince of Wales Club, the country’s oldest continuously active riding club, as well as Stephens Equine Therapeutic Association
  • Extensive career services and network of alumnae dedicated to helping students connect in the industry

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.

Our center is also the center of our commitment to mid-Missouri and the community we call home. Various public events and summer camps invite the community to enjoy the experience of riding as well. Find out more: summer camps, community riding, events calendar, facebook page


Stephens College Alumnae Magazine Equestrian Feature
Equestrian Program Handbook 
Faculty (School of Health Sciences)
Link to the community riding program and camp information page.
School of Health Sciences 

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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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