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Room to Roam

The riding program at Sweet Briar is bedecked in ribbons. Competitions are an important part of our program, but they’re not the only part. Quality instruction enables even beginning riders to become confident horsewomen. And for the more serious rider, the program provides the opportunity to develop equestrian skills while pursuing an exceptional liberal arts education.

  • 130-acre on-campus riding center
  • 10 large fields ranging from 3 to 25 acres
  • More than 18 miles of trails through wooded countryside, foothills, dells and open fields
  • One of the largest indoor college arenas in the nation, measuring 120 feet x 300 feet
  • Three spacious outdoor rings, along with an enclosed lunging ring
  • More than seven teaching and schooling fields
  • Hunter trials course
  • Fence lines with coops
  • Complete inventory of hunter-jumper fences suitable for USEF competitions
  • Veterinarians on call
  • Twice-weekly farrier visits
  • Frequent equine chiropractor appointments
  • Biannual equine dentist visits