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Prospective Students

Learning and Immersion

The Clemson University Equine Center offers a wide variety of opportunities for students interested in furthering their horse experiences either professionally or recreationally. The Center serves as the learning-laboratory for Animal and Veterinary Science students and students seeking an Equine Industries minor. Students have the opportunity to study progressive management techniques through formal courses and laboratories, on-farm internships, volunteer activities or through student employment.

Riding Teams

Collegiate Team- The CUEC is home to the Clemson University IHSA Equestrian Team and the Trottin' Tigers IEA team. Horses are managed to support active western and hunter riding teams. There are two rings footed for a variety of activities: a sand area with cones and poles for western horsemanship, western pleasure and trail; a rock dust arena for hunter and jumper riding with a complete course and gymnastics; and a grass jumping field.

Collegiate riding teams are selected from members of the Clemson Equestrian Team members through a competitive tryout system the first week of school each fall semester. For more information about when tryouts are offered, Clemson University students should join the CU Equestrian Team's OrgSync page, attend the information meeting at the start of the fall semester, or follow the CU Equestrian Team on Facebook-Clemson Equestrian Team. There are opportunities for riders of all levels (from never having ridden before to riding at the highest level of junior-rider competition).

CU Bridge students are unfortunately not eligible to try out for and ride on the CU Equestrian Team per IHSA rules, but are encouraged  to be club-level members and participate in CUET activities and events.

IEA Team- The Trottin' Tigers IEA team competes in Region 4, Zone 4 shows, and is open to local middle school (6th-8th graders) and high school (9th-12th graders) students. Tryouts for the IEA team occur in late August, and the team runs from September through May. For more information about the IEA team, please contact us at cuec@clemson.edu.

Equine Related Clubs

Clubs are an important part of professional development for Clemson University students. There are a number of clubs appropriate for horse-centric students.

Clemson University Equestrian Team

Clemson Collegiate Horsemen's Association

Block and Bridle

Clemson Intercollegiate Eventing Team

Student Boarding

A limited number of stalls are available for boarding in our boarding barn. Horses receive premium, individualized care. Boarders must be affiliated with Clemson University as a student, staff or faculty member and have a strong commitment to professionalism, safety and growing their equestrian knowledge. Boarders may also take lessons with our IHSA/IEA coaches/trainers on site. For more information about availabiity for student boarding, contact cuec@clemson.edu. There are also ample public and private boarding barns in the greater Clemson area that can suit every rider's needs and budget.

Typical Careers

Our number one question by our propsective students' parents (particularly our dads) is what can my child do for a living within the horse industry? A perfectly reasonanable question if you ask us.

Here is a sampling of recent jobs for our Animal and Veterinary Science students who started their careers in the equine industry. The Clemson University Equine Program is producing well-trained graduates that are career ready for placement in a diversified workforce. We specialize in mentoring and advising students to find a strong fit for their passion and skillset, and provide many opportunities to hone their skills prior to graduation.

1. Sales Specialist, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Tryon, NC

2. Event and Public Relations Specialist, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Tryon, NC

3. Assistant Equine Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Blacksburg, VA

4. Extension Agent, Clemson University Cooperative Extension

5. Product Specialist, SmartPak, Plymouth, MA

6. Equestrian Manager, White Hall Plantation, Beaufort, SC

7. Reproduction Coordinator, Perfomance Equine Vets, Aiken, SC

8. Account Executive, Performance Equine Vets, Aiken, SC

9. Assistant Trainer/Instructor, All American Arabians, LLC, Terrell, TX

10. Veterinary Technicians and Assistants

11. Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

12. Graduate School-Graduate programs in Animal Science, Public Health, Epidemiology and more

Planning Your Visit

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Clemson Admissions and Financial Aid

Information about Clemson University's admissions guidelines can be found at www.clemson.edu/admissions/

Information regarding financial aid resources at Clemson University can be found at www.clemson.edu/financial-aid/

Purchase CU Equine Program Merchandise-We have a selection of t-shirts, hats and logo stickers available at CU Equine Merchandise.