• Catie Staszak

Why You Should Take Equestrian Studies College Courses Online This Summer



This summer, The Plaid Horse publisher, Professor Piper Klemm, Ph.D., is offering three equestrian studies online courses for college credit. These courses are open to call; riders as young as middle school to parents of riders and amateurs all benefit from the courses while adding a great mosaic of experiences to class discussion.

The courses, which run from May 24 – June 26, 2021, are being offered through Clarkson University and include:

  • Business and Bias in the Equestrian Industry

  • Grit, Toughness, and Contemporary Equestrian Coaching

  • English Riding: History, Culture, and Industry Evolution

Catie Staszak Media's own Catie Staszak will be a guest lecturer for BEA114: English Riding: History, Culture and Industry Evolution, discussing topics from the Olympic Games to the difference between national and international competition, World Cup show jumping and more, while sharing insight into the evolution of her career in multimedia equestrian coverage, broadcasting and working to increase the exposure of equestrian sports.


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Wondering if the equestrian studies courses are right for you or someone you know? Read on for Klemm's answers to frequently asked questions regarding the courses.


Who would benefit from taking these courses?

The great thing about these courses is that everyone can take responsibility for their own learning and equestrian experience and take away valuable knowledge and data. Riders as young as middle school to parents of riders and excited amateurs all benefit from the courses while adding a great mosaic of experiences to class discussion. The class size is small enough that we can focus on specific situations and tailor the material to be of the most interest to each individual class.


My child is horse-obsessed, but college isn’t on our radar yet. Can I still enroll them? Can I enroll myself?

Absolutely! Young riders can earn college credit to transfer to the eventual college of their choice while learning about their sport, strengthening their connections, and enhancing their resume. We welcome parents as well!


I’m not majoring in anything equestrian-related. Is this course still for me?

Yes! These courses are to expand your knowledge of the sport, yourself, and how to best manage hobbies, business and your approach to our sport. They are a great tool for all majors. They can be transferred per your college’s policies to use the credit toward graduation or specific distribution requirement.


I’ve already graduated from college! How would I benefit from these courses?

This sport is unique because it is a lifelong sport. Handling decision-making, finances, emotions, and understanding the market forces can always be improved upon. This investment will benefit you for decades to come!


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About the Professor

Piper Klemm, Ph.D., received her B.S. with Honors from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been the Publisher of The Plaid Horse since 2014, co-authored the Show Strides series for young riders, is a co-host of the #Plaidcast, has a pony leasing business and runs various entrepreneurial projects. Her mission is to educate young equestrians in every facet of our industry and empower, in particular, young women to find their voice and story and share them. She shows in the amateur hunter divisions with her horse, MTM Sandwich.