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Stephens College Names Ellen Beard Interim Chair of Equestrian Studies Department

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Stephens College has named Ellen Beard the interim chair of the Department of Equestrian Studies at Stephens College. Beard, a 1984 graduate of Stephens, has taught saddle seat at the College since January 2006.


Beard, an assistant professor, has worked in the equine industry for more than 30 years. A Kentucky native, Ellen grew up working with national-caliber horses in the heart of show horse country. She graduated from Stephens with a B.A. in Business Administration.


Professionally, Ellen has trained numerous world and national champion horse and rider combinations. A nationally recognized USEF judge and clinician, she currently co-chairs the USEF Saddle Seat Equitation Committee and USA Saddle Seat World Cup Committee. She also serves on the UPHA Equitation Committee. Ellen has worked with notable show horse businesses including DeLovely Farm, Cryst-A-Kell Farm, Stachowski Farm and 6D Ranch.


Stephens College, established in 1833, is historically committed to meeting the changing needs of women. Stephens engages students in an innovative educational experience focused on pre-professional fields and the performing arts and grounded in the liberal arts.


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