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Equine Donations

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JWU Center for Equine Studies


Since 1980, Johnson & Wales University's Center for Equine Studies in Rehoboth, MA, has received horses donated or free-leased from generous individuals. These wonderful school horses are the foundation of JWU’s 40-year-strong equine degree programs and nationally competitive equestrian athletics teams. We are always seeking quality horses to add to our equine program, IDA and IHSA varsity teams. We provide a great environment in which your horse can help educate the next generation of equine industry professionals. We accept mentally and physically sound horses of all skill levels with dressage, jumper or hunter seat background.


Horse Donation Process

  1. JWU Center for Equine StudiesComplete the Horse Information Sheet and email it to acrysler@jwu.edu.
    • Please specify if you are interested in an academic year free-lease or donation.
  2. The director of the JWU Center for Equine Studies will contact you regarding your horse.
  3. We will request a video of your horse before accepting it into the program on trial.
    This helps to avoid unnecessary shipping costs and arrangements.
  4. After reviewing the video, the director will contact you to arrange a trial period.
    This is to make sure that your horse will work for our program and that your horse will be comfortable and happy in our program.
  5. For horses accepted on trial we will need the following:
    • Signed trial contract (provided by us)
    • Access to the horse's veterinary records
  6. JWU Center for Equine StudiesFollowing the trial period, if the horse is accepted for donation, we will need the following:
    • IRS Form 8283 with donor's tax ID number
    • A copy of an appraisal you acquire for the horse (we can assist in arranging this if needed)
  7. Once all items are received, we will provide you with an official letter from the school acknowledging the gift, as well as the IRS Form 8283 signed by an officer of Johnson & Wales University.

Thank you for your interest in donating or leasing your horse to our program. If you have any questions please feel free to contact JWU Center for Equine Studies Operation Manager Amy Crysler at acrysler@jwu.edu or by phone at 508-252-5700.


Equipment Donation Process

JWU Center for Equine StudiesPlease consider donating new or gently-used equestrian or farm-related equipment (tack, apparel, stable equipment, farm tools, etc.) to the JWU Center for Equine Studies. No gift is too small or too large. These donations are tax-deductible and help our program.

  1. Complete the Equipment Donation Form and email it to acrysler@jwu.edu.
    • Please make sure to include photos of the item(s) you are interested in donating.
  2. The Operations Manager of the JWU Center for Equine Studies will contact you regarding your equipment.

Equine PROGRAM SUPPORT & Academic Scholarships: A Lasting Legacy

JWU Center for Equine StudiesThe equestrian community is generous, and many organizations and individuals, including alumni, have invested in the future of our up-and-coming equine professionals. If you would like to join others in supporting our dedicated students either by establishing a scholarship or by creating a fund to underwrite costs for programming, equipment, research or facilities, please contact Maureen Dumas, vice president of advancement & university relations, at Maureen.Dumas@jwu.edu.


Donate Now

Make a gift online to support the Center for Equine Studies or the IDA or IHSA athletic teams. Gifts can be made online securely and will have an immediate impact.