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.

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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.


Tour our facility with Makena Lawrence


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

14700 SR 68, Findlay, OH, 45840

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