Riding Clinics

Riding Clinics Taught by Nationally Renowned Professionals

Each year, Sweet Briar brings in nationally renowned professionals to teach in the Sweet Briar College Riding Program. These visiting master teachers and guest lecturers enrich the curriculum and provide additional instructional opportunities for Sweet Briar students. Olympians Joe Fargis, George Morris, Melanie Smith Taylor, Lendon Gray and Bernie Traurig have all taught at Sweet Briar. Judy Richter, Patricia Heuckeroth, Scott Hofstetter, Mike Henaghan, R. Scot Evans, Paul Cronin (Sweet Briar riding director emeritus), Don Jessup (natural horseman) and Daniel Stewart (sports psychologist) have given lectures and clinics to Sweet Briar’s riding community.

Melanie Smith Taylor Clinic | March 3-4, 2017

Melanie Smith TaylorMelanie Smith Taylor became one of only two riders to ever win the Triple Crown of Show Jumping — the American Invitational, the International Jumping Derby, and the American Gold Cup — and the only person to win all three on the same horse. After winning the World Cup Final in 1982, she was named the US Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year and inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Two years later, she capped off her show-jumping career with a team gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Today Melanie serves the horse world as a clinician, a television broadcaster for major events, including the Olympics and World Championships, and a recognized judge for hunter/jumpers and hunter seat equitation.

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Riding Clinics

Sweet Briar offers three-day clinics to junior and adult riders to refine their equestrian skills and build confidence. Intermediate and advanced riders benefit from a warm and encouraging learning atmosphere and our excellent horses.

Sweet Briar’s clinics provide an encouraging setting for riders to constructively fine-tune their equestrian skills and build confidence. Our clinics take place over three days and are customized to fit the interests and needs of participants. All clinics are held at Sweet Briar’s spectacular 130-acre Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center on campus. Junior clinics, for riders ages 14 to 18, include five mounted sessions and a first-night dinner. Adult clinics consist of six mounted sessions and a first-evening gathering with refreshments. Participants are welcome to stay on campus at The Elston Inn.

Portions of mounted sessions are videotaped for review with instructors. Relevant theory discussions take place during every clinic and may include natural horsemanship sessions.

Spring Adult Riding Clinics | May 9-11, 2017 and May 23-25, 2017

Sweet Briar’s clinics offer a constructive and supportive learning experience for riders age 18 and older to fine-tune their equestrian skills and confidence. Our clinics take place over three days and are customized to fit the interest and needs of participants. Riders will have five-six mounted sessions, with portions of their mounted sessions videotaped for review with an instructor, plus pertinent theory and ground sessions.

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Summer Collegiate Riding Clinics | June 9-11, 2017 and June 23-25, 2017

Lynchburg College and Sweet Briar College offer three-day summer riding clinics for high school students at Sweet Briar’s renowned Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center. Students will improve horsemanship while learning how to set competitive goals as part of a team experience.

Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, riders will have mounted sessions, video review and discussions about collegiate riding opportunities with coaches and current riders.

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