Faculty and Staff

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.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fisch

Lizzie FischAssociate Director of the Riding Program
Head 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.

Kallie Hainline

Kallie HainlineRiding Instructor

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

B.S. | Iowa State University

Kallie Hainline grew up riding in the United States Pony Club organization graduating with an HB rating. Pony Club introduced her to Polocrosse. After competing at the National and International level with the American Polocrosse Association, Hainline then took up cowboy-mounted shooting and fox hunting. She fox-hunted with the North Hills Hunt in Omaha, where she earned her buttons. Hainline continues to actively hunt and has become a member of the Bedford County Hunt.

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.”

Phillip Williamson

Phillip WilliamsonRiding Instructor
Assistant IHSA Coach

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

B.S. Equine Studies | Centenary University

Phillip Williamson has been riding and competing in the hunter/jumper disciplines for the last 13 years. He graduated from Centenary University with a B.S. in equine studies and a concentration in riding instruction. While at Centenary, he was an active member of the IHSA, hunter/jumper and ANRC teams. Williamson finished his senior year as the IHSA Zone 3, Region 3, reserve high-point rider and 2016 ANRC Championship novice individual reserve champion. Throughout college, he worked for top professionals Amanda Steege and Candice King, competed along the East Coast at some of the country’s top horse shows and was a national finalist for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program. Upon graduation, he taught as an adjunct faculty member in the equine department at Centenary during the 2016-2017 academic year. He has been riding and teaching professionally since 2016 and is a USHJA Certified Trainer and a US Equestrian Federation “r” judge. In his time at Sweet Briar, he has coached Sweet Briar students to multiple wins and championships at local and rated horse shows.