Q: What’s your name, major, and hometown?
Makena Lawrence; Western Equestrian Studies; Santa Fe, NM.
Q: What is something hands-on you’ve been able to do at Findlay?
I’ve worked for several trainers, and I went to Europe during the summer to teach international horsemanship clinics with the University and AQHA.
Q: What’s the best part about being an equestrian student?
The best part is all the hands-on time and time at the farm. The University of Findlay provides the most hands-on program, with the amount of riding time and quality instruction.
Q: What is one thing that you love to do on campus?
I really enjoy hanging out with my friends at the coffee shop or at the gym. Campus also provides a lot of great places to study.
Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
I love being an Oiler because Findlay is an amazing school. All of the experiences I’ve had here have been wonderful. Oiler pride all the way!
Q: Do you have advice for students making their college decision?
Pursue your dreams and do something that you really enjoy doing.
Our students are given five days of assigned time out at the barn to care for and ride their horses each week.
Students learn from nationally recognized instructors who are active, respected, and successful in the equine industry.
Our western team has earned national championships five times since 2005. They placed third at the 2013 IHSA National Championship.
Students begin riding and handling horses in their first year. They also have opportunities to work hands-on in the labs on main campus.
Our equestrian students land specialized internships in areas like journalism, business, breeding, show management, breed associations, marketing, training, and research.
Horses are brought in from all over the country for students to train one-on-one in addition to University-owned horses. In total, our facility is home to more than 200 horses at any given time.
The western equestrian facility shares a 150-acre site with our Animal Science Center. Three indoor riding arenas allow for all-season riding. The main arena is large enough for round pens, cutting, and trail classes.