Western equestrian studies

Western Riding Program

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! 

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 Equestrian Alumni Success

"I was the first and only woman to win the Road to the Horse colt starting competition..."

--Stacy Westfall '97, B.S. Equestrian Studies (Western Riding) & Equine Business Management

Click here to hear more from Stacy

Tour our facility with Makena Lawrence

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

14700 SR 68, Findlay, OH, 45840