College Riding

September 2017

Tom Navarro’s River Chase Farm: New Home of Sue Buscher and the George Mason Equestrian Team

In late June, Sue Buscher, head coach of the George Mason Equestrian Team loaded up her horses and made the move from Timely Manor Stables in Gainesville to River Chase Farm in Aldie. Sue has been coaching for over twenty years and is excited to take advantage of River Chase’s outstanding facilities including its lighted all-weather outdoor ring and spacious indoor arena.

Sue and assistant coach Tara Applegate will be joining riding instructors Sara Howley, dressage […]

June 2017

Ashleigh Dove of Purcellville, VA wins the Randolph Scholarship during the 2017 Upperville Horse Show

UPPERVILLE, VA – Ashleigh Dove, a Purcellville, VA resident who discovered foxhunting while she was a Foxcroft School student and has been a regular participant with the Middleburg Hunt even while away at college, received the Theodora Ayer Randolph Sporting Scholarship “under the oaks” at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show on June 10, 2017.

The scholarship, which carries a $1,000 cash award, is given annually in memory of Randolph and the true sporting spirit she […]

October 2016

Madeira School hosts ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge Competition November 5, 2016

A Junior Horsemanship Challenge competition will be hosted by The Madeira School on November 5, 2016. It is a multi-phase team competition sponsored by the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) based on ANRC’s National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship, now in its 40th year.

Teams of two or three students in grades 6 through 12 will compete in four events: a Program Ride; a Medal Course; a Derby Course; and a Written Test, which is based on forward […]

December 2015

Virginia rider to compete in a world finals competition in Germany

For many athletes, representing your country on an international stage is the ultimate achievement. Suddenly, you have an entire nation supporting and rooting for your success. Sweet Briar College sophomore Makayla Benjamin will get a chance to experience that when she rides for the United States at the AIEC-SRNC World Finals.

Benjamin, an engineering major and business minor from Leesburg, VA, will be one of three riders representing Team USA in Germany from Dec. 29, 2015, to […]

September 2015

Bridgewater College announces the addition of Dressage and Eventing Team

The Bridgewater College equestrian program has announced the addition of two new teams beginning this fall. A dressage team and an eventing team will be offered alongside the program’s IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) team.

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the college is ideally situated to take advantage of the outstanding eventing community in Northern Virginia and the competition hub of the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.

Jerry Schurink, Bridgewater’s director of riding, has […]

March 2015

UMW Inducts First Equestrian to Athletic Hall of Fame

Written by S. E. Morris. From the March/April 2015 issue

Instructor, trainer, judge, and professional rider Carol Hawley was the first equestrian inducted into the UMW athletic hall of fame on Jan. 24, 2015. Called “one of the most influential figures in the riding program’s history at Mary Washington,” Hawley coached the UMW equestrian team from 1984–1998, leading the team to numerous national competitions and awards.

“I have not been nominated before and never […]

March 2014

Averett University IDA team first in the region and heading to Nationals

Averett University’s Intercollegiate Dressage Assoc. (IDA) team shone on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at St. Andrews University, in Laurinburg, NC at the last competition of the regular season. The team went into the weekend with a 4 point lead over the 2nd place team, St. Andrews, and held them off to secure 1st place in the region. Averett finished 1st and 3rd overall, thanks to the following rides:

At First Level:
Senior Shannon Stone placed 4th
Senior Jessie Hayes placed 3rd

At Upper Training:
Senior Lindsey Baker placed 1st
Freshman Amanda Arnold placed 2nd


January 2014

20 college riding teams will compete in the Tournament of Champions on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

The 2014 Tournament of Champions Winter Classic will take place this Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the University of Mary Washington’s host farm, Hazelwild Farm, in Fredericksburg, VA. Do you have a high school student with ambitions to ride in college? This is a great opportunity to see 20 IHSA college riding teams from schools around the east coast compete in what is the final show of the Tournament series. The team with the highest total points from two out of the three shows of the series will be awarded the championship at the conclusion of this show on January 25th.

In addition to the regular schedule of classes, a Tournament of Champions Medal Class will be held for outstanding open-skill-level riders who have been nominated by their coaches. It is a two-phase championship – all riders will compete in the flat phase, but no more than half will be called back for the fences phase.


Averett University Equestrian Studies students travel to Germany during winter break

Written by Catherine Doane, Averett University Class of 2014

Many people dream of traveling abroad, and I’m one of them. So when Meaghan Byrne ’08, equestrian associate, sent out an email to students in the equestrian department asking if we’d be interested in riding in Germany, my answer was a resounding yes. Vechta, Germany, is one of the most successful equestrian hubs in the world. Home to world-renowned auctions and more green pastures than I can count, I can see why. We were lucky enough to study and ride at the State Equestrian College at Weser-Ems.

Our group of 13 was one of the largest that the State Equestrian College had ever had, so they separated us into three riding groups. Our first ride of the day was the dressage lesson. The riding instructors at Averett are fantastic, and so were the ones in Germany. What was different was the teaching style. It was up to us as riders to figure out what was going wrong and to decide how we’d fix it. The instructors only intervened if we were really struggling. It was pretty enlightening to ride this way. I felt empowered knowing that I was making the correct choices in order to better my rides.

After the ride, we spent about an hour and a half studying theory, which included everything from building materials to equine anatomy. No topic was left untouched because at the end of the trip, we had the chance to showcase our progress and test for the small bronze medal offered by the German Equestrian Federation. In order to earn our medals, we had to get a score of five or higher on each aspect of the test. Since we had no idea what questions the judges would ask us, we wanted to be absolutely prepared. […]

VT Equestrian in need of donated items

Virginia Tech Equestrian is blessed to have 40 horses, some donated and some leased, to help our equestrian team and Equine Studies Majors education. They also teach Animal Poultry Science Majors how to handle and care for horses. VT Campbell Arena has a minimal budget which leaves for a lot of needed items. We are currently in need of all kinds of horse related things. Specifically we are in need of more grooming supplies, blankets, […]