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Equine Science

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Grab the reins and come ride with us in our Equine Science program

Bring your boots. Trust us, you’ll need them. Breed, manage, ride, show, and train… you’ll be hands-on from day one! Gain the knowledge and skills leading to work in veterinary medicine, animal production, agribusiness, research, and more. Our coursework prepares you to work in the equine industry or for graduate or professional school. Beginner or expert, no problem. Our faculty and staff accommodate every skill level. You can even compete as an athlete on one of our successful equestrian teams. Whatever your goals may be, we have the horses and everything you need, right on campus. 

Equine Science is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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Questions?

Amberly Cox

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Assistant Dir. of Recruitment

umcinfo@crk.umn.edu | (218) 281-8569

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Crookston

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    Work with 45 horses right on campus
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    Award-winning Faculty
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    Student and faculty in Equine Painting Class at University of Minnesota Crookston
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    equip yourself to work in the equine industry

Major in the making of you

Interested in becoming a Veterinarian?

UMN Crookston pre-veterinary program has a placement rate for veterinary school that is nearly four times the national average.

Women's Equestrian Teams

The University of Minnesota Crookston fields equestrian teams in both Western and Hunt Seat Equitation. Many students majoring in Equine Science are part of these teams, although it is not required to be a part of either team. It's quite common for our equestrians to make it to Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Regional Championships and beyond. In 2018, members of our Hunt Seat Equestrian Team made their first-ever appearance at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) National Championship in Waco, Texas.

Tour our Equine Facility

Follow along as we tour UMN Crookston's University Teaching & Outreach Center (UTOC) and the equine amenities that it provides to students and horses. 

University of Minnesota Crookston Equine program logo

Emphasis Areas

  • Equine Science
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Career Options

Equine Appraiser, Stable Manager, Veterinary Assistant, Riding Instructor, Equine Assisted Therapy, Pedigree Evaluator, Farm and Ranch Manager

ON-CAMPUS

Equine Science

AT A GLANCE...

  • Combines equine science and business management 

  • Award winning indoor heated facilities which include classrooms, labs, arena, stables, tack room and more. 

  •  Work with 45 horses right on campus.

  •  Compete on NCEA & IHSA Hunt Seat and Western Equestrian teams

  • Join a club: Rodeo Association, Pre-Veterinary Club, Horseman's Association and more!

  • Work with a wide range of breeds, ages, and a variety of horses.

REAL. HANDS-ON. READY.

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Nicky Overgaard

    Instructor
  • Morgan Pyles

    Assistant Professor
  • Kayla Hanson

    Assistant Coach-Equestrian

Student Stories

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    Katie Warner
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    Working as a veterinary technician intern at one of the most prestigious equine medical facilities in the country was the perfect setting for Katie Warner to gain valuable skills and witness the latest techniques in the care of horses and foals.
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    Horse Jumping
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    Listen to the experiences of current students in the Equine Science program at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Come ride with us!
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    Jayde
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    Jayde Proffitt isn’t a competitive person, that is, until she finds herself in the arena competing for the Golden Eagles as a member of the Western Equestrian team.