There is also a breeding shed and lab for semen collection and artificial insemination which are incorporated into the production program as well as teaching and research. Most equine facilities are located within walking distance of most major buildings on the main campus.
We maintain a herd of approximately 60 registered Quarter Horses. Stallions and mares are maintained, bred, the mares foaled out, and the young horses raised until they are two years old when most of them are sold. The current herd sires have produced several successful show and pleasure horses. All horses are used extensively in a number of classes and in numerous other activities including the training of horse judging teams.
Stallions available include: PSU Dynamic Krymsun, Suddenly Secret, Willie Be Nimble, and Time to Score.
The annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Registered Quarter Horse Sale takes place on the last Saturday in April at the Penn State Ag Arena at University Park.
The Ward Studebaker Horse Farm Endowment was started in 2000 by Lynn Holleran and Charles Bowman. Lynn and Chuck set out to honor retired horse farm manager Ward Studebaker with this endowment and help the long term sustainability of the Penn State Horse Farm.
The facilities are used extensively for teaching, with several classes having weekly laboratory or hands-on sessions at the horse barns. Some courses taught include foot care, routine preventive care procedures, breeding management practices, aging and assessing body condition scores.
Research at the facilities has been conducted on intensive early handling of foals, characteristics of late gestation mares, group concentrate feeding behavior, and contraception for mares.
Currently Penn State does not board horses for students. However, there are several area stables that offer boarding services.