Faculty and Staff for 2016-2017

The Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center is located a little more than a mile from the main quad. See it on the campus map here.

Rogers Riding Center
Sweet Briar College
P.O. Box 6
Sweet Briar, VA 24595
P | 434-381-6116
F | 434-381-6457

Merrilee “Mimi” Wroten ’93

Mimi WrotenDirector of the Riding Program
Head NCEA Coach
Riding Instructor

P | 434-381-6348
E | mwroten@sbc.edu

B.A., Psychology | Sweet Briar College

Mimi Wroten taught and rode professionally in New Jersey before returning to the highly acclaimed riding program at Sweet Briar, her alma mater, in the fall of 1996. She is a U.S. Equestrian Federation ‘R’ judge, an American National Riding Commission-recorded judge and holds the ANRC top rider rating. She is also a U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Certified Trainer.

Wroten graduated from Sweet Briar with a B.A. in psychology. Upon her return, she taught under Paul D. Cronin, director emeritus of the riding program, and former director Shelby French before her promotion to program director in 2011. She enjoys teaching and training riders of all levels and coaches successfully at home and away competitions.

Wroten is active in the equestrian community as a winning coach at the national and regional levels. She has coached an individual national champion and national reserve champion in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, as well as several American National Riding Commission champion and reserve champion teams. Wroten was ANRC’s winner of the 2010 USHJA Professional Service Award.

Wroten coached Sweet Briar’s team to three Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships, in 2012, 2015 and 2016, and was voted the conference’s Coach of the Year in each of those years. While at Sweet Briar, she also has coached the fall field team and the hunter show team.

Wroten believes that what she teaches in the show ring and field translates into other areas of life.

“Positive coaching helps young women become strong competitors in sports — and in all aspects of life,” she says. “By setting goals, working toward developing skills and schooling a horse, a rider acquires an understanding of the time, effort and dedication needed to achieve success. These principles can be applied to a student’s academic work as well as her future endeavors.”


Amie Chenault

Stable Manager

P | 434-381-6354
E | achenault@sbc.edu

B.S., Equine Science | Salem International University
M.Ed., Equine Studies | Salem International University

Amie Chenault has worked at Sweet Briar College for more than 10 years. An excellent judge of equine fitness, she ensures that our horses are in peak physical condition.


Madison Cromwell ’16

Madison CromwellRiding and Teaching Fellow
Assistant IHSA Coach

P | 434-381-6347
E | mcromwell@sbc.edu

B.A., Business; Minor in Biology; Equine Studies Certificate – Management Concentration; Leadership Certificate | Sweet Briar College

Madi Cromwell is a recent graduate of Sweet Briar College. As a student, Cromwell rode on the IHSA and ANRC teams and was head of the student Riding Council. During the summer of 2015, she interned with Tad Coffin Performance Saddles and has continued working with Mr. Coffin at Sweet Briar. Cromwell comes to us with many years of riding experience, but believes there is always more to learn. She will serve as the assistant IHSA coach and is excited to join our team as the riding and teaching fellow.


Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fisch

Lizzie FischHead IHSA Coach
Assistant NCEA Coach
Riding Instructor

P | 434-381-6367
E | lfisch@sbc.edu

B.A., History | Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Lizzie Fisch, the IHSA team coach, has been teaching, riding and managing in the equine industry for more than 20 years and is a USHJA-certified trainer. Her experience includes fox-hunting with the Shakerag and Midland Hounds. She was most recently the assistant trainer at a show barn in Atlanta, where she also coached two Interscholastic Equestrian Association teams to multiple championships.


Louise C. Goodling

Louise GoodlingRiding Instructor

P | 434-381-6565
E | lgoodling@sbc.edu

B.A., English Literature and Creative Writing | Hollins University

Field riding coach Louise Goodling rode on the intercollegiate riding team while at Hollins, participating in the 1982 national finals, and fox-hunted regularly with Rockbridge Hunt. Goodling has trained horses and riders professionally in Central Virginia for many decades and is an ANRC Level 3-rated rider. She’s has had the privilege to work for two masters and earned her colors in 1992 with Middlebrook Hounds.

An educator at heart, Goodling finds great joy in sharing her knowledge of horses and riding. She is an advocate of the American System of Forward Seat Riding and natural horsemanship because both are systematic approaches to teaching that prioritize partnership, non-forceful methods and the horse’s best interest.


Beverly Tipps

Beverly TippsStable Manager

P | 434-381-6354
E | btipps@sbc.edu

Beverly Tipps brings to SBC more than five years of experience working with the University of Mary Washington riding program at Hazelwild Farm. As barn manager at Hazelwild, she was responsible for the horses’ healthcare and all communications with clients. Tipps knows that “happy, sound horses are the first step to a successful riding program.”