David Anthony and Dorcas Brown organized the Institute for Ancient Equestrian Studies (IAES) at Hartwick College in 1994 as part of a research project on the origins of horseback riding that was funded by the American Philosophical Society, the Wenner Gren Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Freedman Foundation and Hartwick College.
The IAES hosted an international conference in Kazakhstan (1995), consulted with museums and answered questions related to the domestication of the horse and early riding, and for a few years we issued a newsletter.
As our research interests and activities widened, the mission of the IAES broadened beyond horses. We now conduct a wide range of archaeological research activities under the institutional umbrella of the IAES. We also continue to conduct research on the domestication of the horse and early horseback riding.