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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.

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 that prepares you for entrepreneurship and management in the equine industry 
  • Equine Science track that puts you on a path to graduate school or a rewarding career in equine health 
  • Teaching/Training track for the competitive multi-disciplined rider 
  • 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


Equestrian Program Guidelines
Equestrian Program Handbook 
Faculty (School of Health Sciences)
Link to the community riding program and camp information page.
See our Equestrian Admissions Booklet.  

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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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