Outreach and Research

The Clemson University Equine Center provides a variety of public programs and outreach. It also serves as a hub for research related to equine physiology focused on exercise physiology, nutrition, reproduction, management and more.

Outreach- Outreach programs are held at the Center to serve SC constituents to further educate and promote our State's horse industry.

Send your Horse to College- Offered in the fall semester of each academic year, owners of young or untrained horses can board their horse at the CUEC to be part of the Equine Behavior and Training Course. Owners pay monthly board, which covers all feed costs, basic veterinary and farrier upkeep on the horse. Students will work with each horse as part of their course project, and will progress with the horse under the direction of the course instructor. Horses must arrive with a current (within 12 months) negative Coggins test, a health certificate and be fully vaccinated against EHV, Flu, EEE/WEE, Tetanus, Strangles, West Nile and Rabies. For more information, please contact us at cuec@clemson.edu

Horse 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 availability for boarding, contact us at cuec@clemson.edu.

CLEAT- The Clemson Equine Assisted Therapy program is intended for riders with physical, intellectual, emotional or behavioral disabilities. CLEAT serves  school and community programs. For more information please contact us at cleat@clemson.edu.

Annual Open House- Held the second Saturday in April each year from 10am until 3pm, the annual Clemson University Equine Center Open House is a day full of activities and fun for the whole family. Riding exhibitions by our CLEAT riders, IHSA equestrian teams and more are scheduled throughout the day. Children's games and activities and pony rides are available as a fundraiser for the CLEAT therapeutic riding program. Meet the CUEC horses, staff and students that make our program special, and see our facilities that let it all happen.

Tiger Talent Equestrian Camp- Aimed at high school riders (rising high school freshman through recent high school graduates/rising college freshman). The purpose of this camp To provide high school students with an opportunity to improve horsemanship and equitation skills along with enjoying the fellowship of other like-minded equestrians from different areas of the state and country. The camp is designed to increase the horse knowledge, horsemanship skills and showing techniques of the advanced rider as well as to introduce beginner riders to the basics of horsemanship and correct riding practices. Riders will learn about Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competition format along with other collegiate equestrian platforms while riding daily with Clemson University’s coaching staff. TTEC provides riders will twice daily riding instruction with our IHSA head coach. Riders have the opportunity to ride a number of different level-appropriate horses and will leave with ample exercises that are sure to be formative in their riding careers. This residential camp also provides riders with a campus experience, including tours of campus, eating in the dining hall, sleeping in dorms, and a trip to our famous ice cream store – 55 Exchange. Other activities include shopping for Clemson gear in downtown Clemson, a bonfire, and video review footage with the head coach. Please contact us at cuec@clemson.edu for more information. Space is limited, register early. HUNT SEAT ONLY. The registration portal opens February 15th of each year. Informational Packet

Tigers Choice Equestrian Camp – The purpose of this camp is to provide riders with an intensive riding camp that focuses on giving the riders the chance to experience what being a rider on Clemson University’s IHSA Equestrian team would be like. Campers would ride Equestrian Team horses in IHSA format daily, while also experiencing the culture of Clemson University through a student perspective. Our newest camp with make its debut summer of 2018. Riders eligible for this camp are high school juniors or seniors that have previously attended our week long Tiger Talent Equestrian Camp, are a rising high school senior interested in riding for the Clemson University Equestrian Team, or are a rising Clemson University Freshman interested in riding for the Clemson University Equestrian Team. Please contact us at cuec@clemson.edu for more information. HUNT SEAT ONLY. The registration portal opens February 15th of each year2018 Tigers Choice Equestrian Camp Information Packet

Volunteer Opportunities- The CU Equine Center always appreciates community and campus volunteers. There are a number of ways to volunteer at the CUEC, including working with the CLEAT program, as a stable hand or assisting with other programs as needs arise. Please contact us for volunteer opportunities at cuec@clemson.edu.

Giving- The CU Equine Center must generate significant operational revenue to support the horses and programs it offers. Your support of these initiatives can make a positive impact in the lives of the future of the horse industry in South Carolina and beyond. Contact Margaret Owens at mr6@clemson.edu to give to the Clemson University Equine Center or one of its individual programs.

Research- The CU Equine Center serves as the equine physiology research laboratory, focusing on applied reproduction, exercise science, nutrition and management questions that impact the horse industry.

Current Research Projects

Rider Influence on Equine Gait Kinematics and Behavior

Research performed by Rebekah Strunk, MS in Animal Science, under the direction of Dr. Kristine Vernon, Associate Professor in Animal and Veterinary Sciences.


Effects of Equine Conformation on Horse and Rider Kinematics

Research performed by Julia Gates, candidate for MS in Animal Science, under the direction of Dr. Kristine Vernon, Associate Professor in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Effects of Horseback Riding on Balance in an Elderly Rider Population

Research performed by Anne Marie Holter, candidate for PhD in BioEngineering, under the direction of Dr. John DesJardins, Associate Professor in BioEngineering