Wisconsin, best known for dairy cows, also has a strong equestrian industry. Harness racing and quarterhorse racing are especially prominent, and equestrian jobs are available not just at racetracks but in breeding, showing and pleasure barns. The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association has a circuit in the state for those who want to compete while attending school.

University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Intercollegiate riding programs mean students can compete while learning.
Intercollegiate riding programs mean students can compete while learning.

The University of Wisconsin at River Falls offers an animal science major with an equine emphasis, leading to a bachelor of science degree. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences operates two laboratory farm sites, which includes a barn for horses. Students work on the farm, which also has student managers.

The University of Wisconsin 410 S. Third St. River Falls, WI 54022 715-425-3784 uwrf.edu

University of Wisconsin, Madison

The animal science department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, offers an equine extension program. Included are courses on equine science and management, reproduction and physiology. The university has an intercollegiate riding team operating out of the Hoofer Equestrian Center. Lessons are offered in dressage, hunt seat, western and jumping.

University of Wisconsin 287 Animal Sciences 1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 608-263-4303 ansci.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine prepares students for careers as equine veterinarians. The university operates its own equine hospital, where fourth-year students do most of their work. The four-year program leads to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine 2015 Linden Drive Madison, WI 53706 608-263-2525 vetmed.wisc.edu