Steve Brown – Western Equestrian

Q: What is your name, the courses you teach?
A: I’m Steve Brown. I’m the Director Western Riding Program, Instructor of Riding at The University of Findlay.

Q: What is something hands-on students are doing now?
We have a pleasure futurity that the seniors participate in. Colts are bought from numerous breeders after Quarter Horse Congress. Seniors choose their colts in the fall, and after they evaluate them, they’ll come back to campus in January and start to ride them.

Q: How have you seen your students change professionally?
There’s a freshman that came in pretty green, as far as riding goes, but she’s since done a few internships and is now a senior. She’s very professional, and it’s amazing how much she’s changed.

Q: What’s the best part about teaching in the equestrian program?
I just can’t wait to get to work every day. It’s so interesting to see the students and the horses advance.

Q: Do you have advice for students making their college decision?
Make sure your professors are role models. For four years, we shape student’s lives, and it’s very important you pick a school where you respect the professors. It’s a big, big decision you have to make.

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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.