Equestrian Center

One of the most innovative and distinctive academic departments at Houghton College is Equestrian Studies, which prepares students to ride, teach and train using the principles of classic dressage. Five equine disciplines (dressage, hunter/jumper, eventing, Western and trail riding) are offered to Houghton students by outstanding professors who bring years of experience and achievement. Students can train under Olympic- and FEI-credentialed clinicians and compete in open and United States Equestrian Federation-recognized events. The rapid growth and popularity of Houghton’s equine offerings in recent years have inspired the need for expanded facilities to accommodate students and events.

At the end of 2016, Houghton College received an anonymous $2.4 million lead gift to construct a new indoor riding arena, which will enhance and grow our nationally recognized Equestrian Studies program. This arena, along with attached amenities and upgrades to current facilities, will allow Houghton College to expand our academic offerings and to host major equestrian events and activities, both of which significantly impact our students in their education and future careers.

In response to the need for expanded and upgraded facilities, a $3.5 million Equestrian Center campaign has been proposed that includes the following:

  • 100’ x 240’ Indoor Arena
  • 12 Stalls
  • Classroom
  • Welcome Center, Concessions & Bleachers
  • Arena Equipment
  • Laundry
  • Parking, Landscaping
  • Upgrading Existing Facilities
  • Sustaining Endowment

Wes Dunham ’87


The equestrian program was a huge part of my life. My liberal arts degree gave me a broad understanding that there is more than my own limited worldview.

Wes holds a Bachelor of Science in physical education and a minor in Bible. He is the owner/trainer at Woodstock Stables in Millbrook, New York, and trains Paralympic riders who placed in the top ten at London 2012 and Rio 2016.