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. 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 in April, the annual Clemson University Equine Center Open House is a day full of activities and fun for the whole family. Industry professionals will be giving educational talks and Q&A sessions on topics relevant to the riding or performance horse. Riding exhibitions by the Clemson Equestrian Team and our Clemson Equine-Assisted Therapy (CLEAT) riders are scheduled throughout the day. Farm tours highlight our multi-use facilities. The children's pony rides, always a favorite, also act as a fundraiser for the CLEAT therapeutic riding program. Open House is designed to give everyone from industry professionals to members of the local community an overview of all the programs that call the Equine Center home, and introduce the CUEC horses, staff and students that make our program special. This year's Open House is Saturday, April 18th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Tiger Talent Equestrian Camp - Open to riders who are rising high school freshman through rising juniors, Tiger Talent provides high school students with an opportunity to improve horsemanship and equitation skills while enjoying the fellowship of like-minded equestrians from across 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 less experienced riders to correct horsemanship and riding practices. Riders will learn about Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competition format while riding twice daily with Clemson University's head coach. Attendees ride a variety of different level-appropriate horses and will leave with a number of new exercises to further their riding careers. This residential camp also provides riders with a campus experience, including a tour of campus, staying in dorms, and a trip to our famous ice cream store, 55 Exchange. Each afternoon features different fun activities around the campus and town of Clemson. Please contact us at cuec@clemson.edufor more information. Space is limited, so please register early. HUNT SEAT ONLY; previous riding experience is required. The dates for Tiger Talent are July 7-11, 2020.

Tiger Talent Informational Packet

NOTE: Due to Covid-19, our 2020 Tiger Talent camp has been cancelled. Registration for Summer 2021 will open Monday, February 15th, 2021 at 9:00 A.M.

Registration. On the login page, choose "Community login" on the left side. (Do not choose Clemson login unless you are a current Clemson faculty or staff member.) On the next page, click on "create new account." Once you have created an account, you will be able to register for camp.

Tiger's Choice Equestrian CampThis intensive riding camp gives riders a taste of what it's like to ride on the Clemson Equestrian Team. Participants ride Equestrian Team horses twice daily in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) format under the instruction of the Team's head coach, while also experiencing the culture of Clemson University from a student perspective. Tiger’s Choice follows a similar format to our Tiger Talent camp, but is geared particularly toward older participants. Riders eligible for this camp are rising high school juniors, seniors, or incoming Clemson University freshmen who are interested in riding for the Equestrian Team. Attendees must be at least 16 years of age at the time of camp. Please contact us at cuec@clemson.edufor more information. HUNT SEAT ONLY; previous riding experience is required. Dates for Tiger's Choice are June 16-20, 2020.

Tiger's Choice Informational Packet

NOTE: Due to Covid-19, our 2020 Tiger's Choice camp has been cancelled. Registration for Summer 2021 will begin Monday, February 15th, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Registration. On the login page, choose the "Community Login" option on the left side. (Do not choose Clemson Login unless you are a current Clemson faculty or staff member.) On the following page, you must choose "Create a New Account." Once you have created an account, you can proceed with registration. For any questions about camp registration, contact us at cuec@clemson.edu.

Volunteer Opportunities – The CU Equine Center always appreciates 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. http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/faculty_staff/profiles/kvernon

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