Whether “horse” is to you a hobby, a sport, a lifestyle or a mystery, here is the community to pique your curiosity and sustain your passion.
The only entirely student-run cooperative collegiate equestrian program in the country, Earlham College Stables offers affordable lessons and boarding to students and the community. With recreational riding on school horses and a competitive hunt seat equestrian team both available to our Co-op members in addition to the lesson program, we are in the unique position of being able to welcome new members from the full spectrum of equine experiences. It is through the collective wisdom of that diversity that our program flourishes.
What Earlham Students and Alumni
Say About Our Co-op
"The Barn Cooperative is typically praised for being the only student run barn in the country; although this is an amazing feat, I love the barn for a deeper reason. The equestrian program at Earlham College is taking one of the first and very much needed steps to bridging together economic inequality with opportunity. Horses (and pretty much everything else associated with them) are expensive and not many parents are willing to sign their children up for lessons in which ‘the horse does all the work.’ As an athlete myself I used to think the same thing but, after getting on a horse for the first time, my opinion flipped like a pancake. There are no words to describe how grateful I am to have worked those early morning shifts at the barn, served as a co-convener, and, most importantly, been given the opportunity to ride a horse. No experience in my collegiate career has been as fulfilling as when I accomplished the dream of a little girl who longed to be with horses. My fellow co-op members and our animals — from the most spoiled barn cat to the sassiest horse — have certainly made my time here at Earlham memorable and worthwhile."
— Kaitlyn Brunner ’17
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Suzanne Hoerner Jackson
Suzanne Hoerner Jackson, a major supporter of the Equestrian Program and for whom the Equestrian Center is named, passed away on July 7, 2017, in Wayzata, Minnesota. Suzanne was born in Keokuk, Iowa, on March 6, 1928, and later graduated from Earlham.
Suzanne enabled the construction of our beautiful barn and arena in 1999 and remained an enthusiastic supporter of the program ever since, attending the meetings of the barn Friends regularly for as long as she could. Her visits at Earlham were eagerly awaited by students, and over the years she supported hundreds of students in their endeavors to run the Equestrian Program. Suzanne’s daughter, Sandy Jackson, also has been an ardent supporter of the program and a member of the Barn Friends. The Equestrian Program extends its heartfelt sympathy to the Hoerner-Jackson family, as well as gratitude to Sandy for her continued support and devotion to the program. Suzanne will be immortalized in the many students whose personal and professional successes are a result of the program she enabled, supported and loved.