Winning Tradition

Our riders may represent Sweet Briar on one or several of the following teams:

  • The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team
  • The Field Riding team
  • The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) team
  • The American National Riding Commission (ANRC) team

Sweet Briar riders compete successfully in local and rated shows off campus in the USHJA Zone 3 region. Qualified students who are not on a team may participate as independent competitors in off-campus activities. Students also enjoy foxhunting, hunter paces and hunter trials with area clubs, including FarmingtonDeep Run, Oak Ridge and Bedford County hunts.

Makayla Benjamin '18 - Winning Tradition

Makayla Benjamin ’18

The College hosts several prestigious riding competitions each year, including indoor shows, a hunter trial, hunter pace and the Sweet Briar Horse Show, an annual event since 1926. Less experienced competitors can also ride and compete outside of lessons — our in-house shows let them experience the thrill of competition and build confidence.

Both advanced competitors and beginners enjoy a full calendar of riding activities throughout the year. Whether competing independently or on a team, participating as a recreational rider or working behind the scenes as an organizer, students at every level help make riding events a success.

Recent Awards

ANRC
2014
  • Novice Champions
  • Reserve Individual Novice Champions — Alexandra Markmann ’17
2013
  • Novice Champions
  • National Reserve Champions
  • Individual Novice Champions — Kathleen Drake ’14
  • Reserve Individual National Champions — Olivia Smith ’14
  • Reserve Individual Novice Champions — Brianna Belter ’13
2010
  • Novice Champions
  • National Reserve Champions
  • Reserve Individual National Champions — Morganne Young ’11
IHSA
2014-2015
  • Reserve Champion Team for Zone 4 Region 2
  • Reserve Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Advanced Walk, Trot, Canter
2013-2014
  • Reserve Champion Team for Zone 4 Region 2
  • National Reserve Champion — Intermediate Equitation Over Fences
  • Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Cacchione Cup
  • Champion Zone 4 — Novice Equitation on the Flat
  • Champion Zone 4 — Intermediate Equitation Over Fences
  • Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Intermediate Equitation Over Fences
  • Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Novice Equitation Over Fences
  • Reserve Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Open Equitation on the Flat
  • Reserve Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Open Equitation Over Fences
  • Reserve Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Novice Equitation on the Flat
  • Reserve Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Advanced Walk, Trot, Canter
2012-2013
  • Reserve Champion Team for Zone 4 Region 2
  • Champion Zone 4 — Novice Equitation Over Fences
  • Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Cacchione Cup
  • Reserve Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Intermediate Equitation on the Flat
  • Reserve Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Novice Equitation Over Fences
2011-2012
  • Reserve Champion Team for Zone 4 Region 2
  • Champion Zone 4 — Novice Equitation on the Flat
  • Champion Zone 4 — Intermediate Equitation on the Flat
  • Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Novice Equitation on the Flat
  • Reserve Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Intermediate Equitation on the Flat
  • Reserve Champion Zone 4 Region 2 — Open Equitation on the Flat