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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 Equine 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. We also offer an Equestrian Studies minor and courses for the non-rider.

Equine Studies majors will choose one of two tracks: 

  • Equine Business
    This track is designed for students interested in the organizational, managerial and commercial aspects of the equine industry, as well as for students interested in advanced performance horse care and stable management. Careers in this field include barn manager, broodmare or stallion management, bloodstock agent, equine insurance, pharmaceutical sales representative, breed organization employee, equine journalist, graphic design for equine publication, equine supply sales representative, tack store manager/owner, small business owner and social media manager. 
    Equine Business Sample Coursework
  • Equine Science
    This track is designed for students interested in pursuing careers dedicated to equine health and management. Our program works closely with other programs in the School of Health Sciences to ensure our students are prepared for a field in equine health. Professions dedicated to equine health include the always popular option of equine veterinary medicine. Other careers in equine health include massage therapist, equine farrier, equine chiropractor, equine dental technician, equine nutrition/sales representative and equine veterinary technician.
    Equine Science Sample Coursework 


No prior riding experience is required for either track. Our curriculum is designed to help students understand equine behavior and horse handling to ensure they are prepared for the wide variety of careers involving the business and science aspects of the industry. Our equine behavior and horse handling courses make students particularly well attuned to equine behavioral signals to ensure their safety while working with young and potentially unpredictable animals.


Four disciplines, one family

No matter your focus, you’ll find a caring faculty who help you find your path, a sense of community and commitment, and a supportive culture. We offer:

  • Four riding disciplines: Huntseat, Western, Saddle Seat or Driving
  • Small class sizes and individualized instruction
  • Extensive opportunities to ride with instruction
  • Hands-on interaction and responsibilities from day one
  • 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
  • 100% job placement rate for five years in a row



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 about summer camps, community riding, events, and follow us on Facebook



Stephens College Alumnae Magazine Equestrian Feature
Faculty (School of Health Sciences)
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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