Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

  • Where is the Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center?
    • The Equestrian Center is conveniently located on the back side of campus across from the Mathews Athletic Center, making it a short walk from the dorms and classroom buildings.
  • What disciplines are included in the riding program at Wesleyan?
    • The riding program focuses on hunter/jumper equitation and western pleasure and reining. Students from beginners to advanced riders are welcome to ride.
  • Can I get a job at the Equestrian Center?
    • Yes, students can work at the barn to help with feedings as long as it does not interfere with their classes. Students can also enroll in the work study program, through Financial Aid, which can be completed at the barn.
  • Does Wesleyan offer degree in Equine Science?
    • Wesleyan currently does not offer degrees in Equine Science. However, Wesleyan does offer fundamentals of riding classes and internships.
  • Does Wesleyan offer riding scholarships?
    • Yes, we offer the the Ryan's Hope Scholarship through the equestrian program.


  • Does Wesleyan offer boarding?
    • Yes, Wesleyan reserves a certain number of stalls for students to bring their horses.
  • How much is board and what is included?
    • For the school year 2015-2016, board is $500 per month. It includes a 12X12 stall, turnout, feed, hay, worming program, full use of the facilities, a fan in the summer and blanketing in the winter.
  • If I bring my horse to Wesleyan, will he/she be used in the riding program?
    • No, your horse will not be used in the riding program. The riding program focuses on riders developing their riding and horsemanship skills on the different school horses available.
  • How often does the veterinarian and farrier come out to the barn? Can I bring my own vet and/or farrier in to treat my horse?
    • Wesleyan has a farrier come to the barn once a week and a vet twice a year and on an as needed basis. Boarders must have permission from the Barn Manager to bring an outside vet and/or farrier to Wesleyan.

Riding Program

  • What type of competitions does the Equestrian Team compete in?
    • Wesleyan College is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the American National Riding Commission (ANRC).
  • Do I have to own my own horse to ride?
    • No, Wesleyan owns a number of school horses, both hunt seat and western, that are used for lessons. Each horse has been generously donated and has extensive show records.
  • I do not want to ride on the team but would like to ride, what are my options?
    • Even if you are not interested in riding on the team you can take a riding class, in which you would ride once a week and receive credit.
  • Can I bring in an outside instructor to work with me?
    • The Equestrian Center is for the sole use of those student riders and boarders who participate in the riding program. Due to the busy traffic in the arena, outside instructors are not allowed.