Earn your degree in equestrian studies

The equestrian program at Houghton College prepares students to ride, teach, and train using the principles of classical dressage. The recreation major with equestrian concentration is often paired with a major in biology, psychology, business or a pre-veterinary track.


Video created by Grace Walker ’18, Houghton College equestrian student
Song: Start a Fire, Unbroken

Experienced Christian Faculty

Houghton’s professors bring years of experience and achievement to the equestrian studies program. Professors are certified though Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and teach based on the classical principles of dressage. Students can train under Olympic and FEI credentialed clinicians, and also compete in open and USEF-recognized competitions.

Internships and Leadership Opportunities

Equestrian students who dedicate themselves to the program have opportunities to step into positions of leadership including:

  • Managing shows, clinics, and other events
  • Becoming a teaching assistant for riding classes
  • Teaching riding lessons to community (after receiving CHA certification)
  • Instructing at Houghton’s summer riding camp
  • Serving as a club officer with the Equestrian Society
Experienced riders as well as beginners have the opportunity to grow as equine caretakers and riders under the experience of our experienced, talented professors. Equestrian studies students have the opportunity to be involved in 5 disciplines:
  • Dressage
  • Hunter/jumper
  • Eventing
  • Western
  • Trail riding