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.
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:
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.
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:
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
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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