ILLINOIS EQUINE PROGRAMS



The College of Veterinary Medicine, a college within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a fully accredited Professional Veterinary Degree Program (DVM). The accompanying Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers full Equine Care Services including 24-hour ICU and complete diagnostic services. See the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Equine Services Page


Southern Illinois University Carbondale is located in Carbondale, Illinois, offers a B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine Science specialization. The degree is offered through the University's College of Agricultural Sciences.

SIUC has defined its Equine Science Program as one based upon Whole Horsemanship. By this, the University means that entirety of the Horse-Human Relationship and Environment must be considered at all times and not isolated into individual courses such as Anatomy, Nutrition, and Equitation.

Students remain involved with the University's herd of approximately 50 hourses as they pursue academic courses. Additionally, a Work Internship is required of all Equine Science majors in order to complete theeir degree requirements.

See the Equine Science Program Page. University facilities include barns, breeding barns, indoor and outdoor arenas, and pastures. See the Facilities Tour. The University also has a Horse Judging Team, an Equestrian Team, and Rodeo Team.


Black Hawk College is located in Galva, Illinois, and offers three equine degrees: A.A.S. in Equestrian Science; A.A.S. in Horse Science Technology; and a Certificate in Horse Science Technology.

The coursework include Equine Science, Equitation Training, Economics and Management, Horse Show Management, Farrier Science, Agricultural Salesmanship, and Facility Management. All programs are combined with Work-Seminar experiences.

See the Agricultural Academic Programs Page. Blac hawk College also hosts a Horse Judging Team and Horse Show Team. See the Extra-Curricular Activities Page.


Parkland College is located in Champaign, Illinois, and offers an A.A.S. and Certificate in Equine Management. The course work includes Horse Selection, Horse Breeding and Management, Stable Business Management, Horse Health and Care, and Equitation.

The College website states that there is an Equine Riding Team, but no further details are provided on the website. See the Equestrian Team website (Listed as Under Construction) here.


Kishwaukee College is located in Malta, Illinois, and offers a Certificate in Basic Equine Science and a Certificate in Advanced Equine Science. The Basic Program includes Stable Management, Starting a Horse Under Saddle, and Nutrition. The Advanced Certificate adds Breeding and Foal Management, Equine Business and other courses. See the Equine Certificates Program Page.


The following colleges and universities in Illinois do not offer formal equine degree programs, but do provide either Competitive, Inter-Collegiate Equestrian Clubs or Recreational Interest Equestrian Clubs:

Augustana College is located in Rock Island, Illinois. The College currently has an Equestrian Club that is recreational in nature. It appears to have been competitive in very recent years. See the Equestrian Club Contact Information.

Eastern Illinois University is located in Cahrleston, Illinois. The University lists among its Student Organizations that it doe shave a Competitive Equestrian Club (IHSA). No separate club webpage was located.



Lake Forest College is located in Lake Forest, Illinois. The lake Forest Equestrian Club is recreational in natuire and rides English. See their Facebook Page.


Northwestern University is located in Evanston, Illinois. The Northwestern Equestrian Team competes through the IHSA on an Inter-Collegiate level.





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