PENNSYLVANIA EQUINE PROGRAMS





The University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and offers a professional Doctoral dgeree (DVM) through its School of Veterinary Medicine. The School of Veterinary Medicine opeartes a farm of approximately 700 acres located just over thrity miles from Philadelphia in Chester County. The George D. Widenner Hospital for Large Animals is located here and provides comprehensive equine care. The established facilities include the Scott Equine Sports Medicine and Jeffords Treadmill Center offering ultrasound, MRI, and digital imaging. The Center also provides pre-purchase examinations, cardiology and physiology services as well as quality farrier services.

The University also offers specialized critical care, neo-natal facilities, equine surgery, and the Hoffman Center for Reproduction The Hoffman Center offers complete equine fertility/infertility programs and therapies, embryo transfer, and short courses throughout the year.

The University of Pennsylvania also houses the Havemeyer Equine Behavior Lab. The Havemeyer Lab conducts research into equine behavior and offers a Behavior Clinic, a "Behavior of the Month", and numerous Short Courses. The Short Courses include Stallion Handling, Mare and Foal Behavior, Breeding Management of the Mare, among others.

UPenn does not offer an undergraduate equine degree program but does offer a competitive Equestrian Team.


Pennsylavania State University, more commonly known as Penn State is located in State College, Pennsylvania, and offers a Minor in Equine Science.

Course work includes: Introduction to Equine Science, Equine Marketing, Equine Nutrition and Feeding, Equine Reproduction and Breeding, Equine Events Management, Applied Equine Behavior, Introduction to Horse Judging, Horse Management, Riding Instructor Training, and Equine Facilitated Therapy.

The Penn State equine facility has two barns with approximately 35 stalls including an Indoor Arena and it maintains a normal herd of 35-40 Quarter Horses.

As a land-grant university, Penn State is also is a base institution for the USDA Extension 4-H Program. Penn State offers Equine Extension Education information, bulletins, and events throughout the year and provides the Penn State Horse Newsletter. The Pennsylvania 4-H Program is well-organized and offers significant resources for its 4-H Horsemanship Skills Program and 4-H Horsemanship Safety Program. as well as organize additional shows, clinics and events during the year.

Penn State also offers the Penn State Dressage Team hosted off-campus at Standing Ovation Equestrian Center. Penn State also has a competitive Equestrian Team (English).


Delaware Valley College known more commonly as DelVal, is located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and offers a B.S. in Animal Science with a Major in Equine Studies or Equine Science and Management. The College is located in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and is approximately 30 miles from Philadelphis and 70 miles from New York City.

The Equine Program at DelVal is noteworthy. The course work includes: Equine Health Management, Equine Breeding Management, Mare and Foal Management, Yearling Sale Management, Physiology of Reproduction, Equine Nutrition, Equine Business Management, Equestrian Event Management, Equine Practicuum I-II, Equine Teaching Techniques, Equine Behavior, Equine Judging and Course Design, and Equine Training and Conditioning.

The Riding course work includes: Fundamentals of Flatwork and Jumping I-II, Balanced Equitation I-II, Flatwork and Gridwork I-II, Priciples of Jumping and Intermediate Dressage.

DelVal also offers a semester exchange program for Equine Studies students with Hartpury College located in Gloucester, England. Students may continue British Horse Society (BHS) studies in England or at DelVal as the College is a Certified BHS Testing Center.



DelVal College also offers excellent facilities including an 84 x 280 Indoor Arena, 52 stalls, and a 24 stall Breeding Barn. See the DelVal Facilities Page.
DelVal also offers a competitive Dressage Team an a competitive Equestrian Team (Hunt Seat and Western).


Wilson College is located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, an offers three (3) equine bachelor's degree programs and a Minor in Equestrian Studies: The Majors are: Equestrian Studies with a concentraion in Equine Management or Equestrian Management, Equine Facilitated Therapeutics, or and Equine Journalism.

The Equine Journalism Degree program is a joint program with the Department of Equestrian Studies and the Department of English and Mass Communications. Equine Journalism Majors will undertake course work in: Equine Management, Anatomy and Physiology, Equine Facility Management, Breeding Management, Equine Facilitated Therapeutics, Media Law and Ethics, Computer Graphics, Photography, Journalism I_II, and Technical Writing. Student will also undertake Internships through a number of equine publications.

Equestrian Studies Majors course will include: Introduction to Management, Principles of Accounting, Training the Horse, Teaching Horsemanship, Equine Performance Training, Business Law, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, and Certification in CPR and First Aid.

Equine Facilitated Therapeutics Majors course work will include: Educational Psychology, Training the Therapy Horse, Equine Biomechanics and Kinesiology, Child Growth and Development, and Equine Facilitated Therapeutics I-II.

The Wilson College Equestrian Center Facility includes an outdoor arena, an indoor dressage arena, three barns with 72 stalls, and a 100 x 300 Indoor Arena with seating for 300 spectators. See the Equestrian Center Brochure.



Wilson College also offers a competitive Dressage Team, Hunt Seat Equitation Team, Western Team, Eventing Team, and Drill team. Links to each team are found on the Teams' Page.

Wilson College also offers another program of note. Single-Mothers with children over 20 months old may live in resdiential housing full-time and complete their undergraduate studies. The Wilson College Women with Children Program has been operational since 1996 and is expanding.


The University of Scranton is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The University does not have an equine degree program, but does offer a competitive Equestrian Team. The Team is based at Double A Farm in Justus, Pennsylvania.


Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The University does have an equine degree program but does comepete intercollegiately with an Equestrian Team.


Kutztown University is located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. The University does not offer an equine degree program. but does have a competitive Hunt Seat and Western Equestrian Team.


East Stroudsburg University is located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The University does not have an equine degree program, but does offer a competitive Equestrian Team.






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