Storm Harbor Equestrian Center is located on 12 acres of Slippery Rock University's campus. Horses at the center spend part of each day in the 12 box stalls in the stable area, and are turned out in four pastures during the rest of the day. Each pasture has a run-in shed for the horses to use during inclement weather.
Whenever it is time to saddle up, riders have the option of riding in the indoor arena, outdoor arena, or out on the trails. The indoor arena (80'x130') has soft footing designed to minimize dust,and is made of polymer-coated sand, rubber chips, and carpet fiber. The outdoor arena has a white vinyl fence, sand footing, and is 150' x 250'. There are several small trails, with additional trails being planned.
Storm Harbor features a classroom with capacity for 25-30 students. The classroom contains a large window looking out to the indoor arena, so it also serves as an observation area. Storm Harbor contains three offices, a kitchen, and restrooms. Heating, air conditioning, and Internet access are available in this section of the building.
The center has a variety of English, Western, and Australian saddles, including an adapted saddle for individuals who need extra support. For mounting, there is also a lift to help clients who use wheelchairs.
Construction of Storm Harbor Equestrian Center was made possible by donations from Ethel Carruth, Dr. Carolyn Carruth-Rizza, and Dr. Paul Rizza. The center was built in 2005 and is named after Dr. Carruth-Rizza's horse, "Storm Harbor."