Western Equestrian Studies

Western Equestrian Alumni Success

Stacy Westfall graduated from University of Findlay with a Bachelor's of Science in Equestrian Studies (Western Riding) & Equine Business Management in 1997.

Since graduating, Stacy is now one of the most popular and sought-after clinicians in the horse industry with Westfall Horsemanship, has won national titles and has even been inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Click here to hear from Stacy

Western Riding at University of Findlay

The University of Findlay has one of the top equestrian studies programs in the nation and has set the standard for excellence in western equestrian studies for more than 30 years! 

We are one of the only universities in the U.S. that has cattle for cutting on grounds in the western program for students.

At UF, western equestrian students will:

  • begin caring for and riding horses in their very first year with five days of assigned time at the barn each week
  • work with nationally and internationally renowned instructors
  • train one-on-one with horses from all over the country in addition to University-owned horses

Click here for a year-by-year overview of the western program

Students extensively cover customer relation skills in every area of our western riding program, as well as the production of a horse that is easily ridden by an owner or prospective buyer.

In addition to the intensive western riding program, a series of equine courses such as nutrition, reproduction, judging and preventive medicine complete the well-rounded course of study. Special topics covered include equine law, farm and stable management, equine marketing, therapeutic riding, equine exercise physiology and software applications for equine business management and equestrian studies.

Students are encouraged to carry a second major or minor to expand their marketability in the equine industry.  Some popular choices are: Spanish, Computer Science, Marketing, International Business, and Journalism.

Western Riding Teams at Findlay

University of Findlay students have the opportunity to try out for two different western riding teams.

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) provides collegiate riders of all skills the opportunity to compete individually and as a team.
Click here to learn more about our IHSA Team.

The Ranch Horse Team is part of the American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA). Students on the team learn about safety, care and training of the versatile ranch horse.
Click here to learn more about our Ranch Horse Team.

Tour our facility with Makena Lawrence

Dr. C. Richard Beckett Animal Science Center and Western Equestrian Farm

14700 SR 68, Findlay, OH, 45840