Small classes allow for personalized instruction that fosters partnership between horse and rider.
Riders develop confidence as they explore the numerous fields, beautiful woods and extensive networks of trails on campus.
Sweet Briar has the best equestrian program of any liberal arts college in the country. Whether you are a national competitor, a weekend rider, or a first-timer, you can ride here.
For decades, Sweet Briar’s riding program has set the standard for collegiate riding.
Welcome to the best equestrian program of any liberal arts college in the country. We offer exceptional indoor and outdoor riding facilities and quality horses that partner with riders at every level.
We value each rider equally—from novice to advanced. Students develop into competent and well-rounded horsewomen who are skilled and knowledgeable in the hunter/jumper discipline.
Our program focuses on the hunter/jumper discipline, heavily influenced by the modern forward system of riding. More than 20 different courses of instruction are offered, with three to six riders per class. Small classes allow for personalized instruction that fosters partnership between rider and mount.
Our equestrian athletes continue to develop their mental focus and refine and strengthen their position, all while setting and achieving goals. Whether competing in a collegiate setting, where the horse is unknown, or on a familiar mount, students learn to assess the situation and use their aids to create a winning performance from each horse they ride.
In 2021, the Vixens won the first-ever NCEA Single Discipline National Championship.
Our championship-level teams compete in National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) events. Qualified Sweet Briar riders also have the opportunity to compete in local and rated shows off-campus in the USHJA Zone 3 region.
Stable management and professional horse care are a priority at Sweet Briar.
Indoor and outdoor facilities provide an optimum riding and educational experience.
The Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center includes:
Two boarding options allow students to bring privately-owned horses with them to college.
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