Randolph-Macon’s Equestrian Team lets you bring your love of riding to college. Our community welcomes students from all equestrian disciplines and levels of experience and allows you to continue horseback riding and competing while pursuing your college degree.

Located in the heart of Virginia’s horse country, Randolph-Macon’s Equestrian Team is a vital part of the college community. The team, established in 2010, helps its members in ways that go far beyond their education, like building relationships, honing life skills, developing campus community, and helping students gain greater exposure and experience in equestrian competitions and training.

eventing team

Randolph-Macon Equestrian gives you the unique opportunity to compete in high-level Eventing while receiving an outstanding liberal arts education.

Competitive Riding Equestrian in uniform riding a grey horse over a jump outdoors. Cross Country Eventing

ihsa team

Whether you’re an experienced rider or a novice, 91Ƶ’s IHSA Team offers you the chance to get involved in competitive riding in an intercollegiate setting.

Caitlyn Giese poses with her horse and coach after her IHSA Novice Flat National Championship
Entrance sign at Equestrian Center

Our Facilities

The 91Ƶ Equestrian Center is owned and operated by Randolph-Macon College. Located less than 10 minutes west of campus, the facility features an indoor arena, two outdoor arenas, and 75 acres of lush pasture.


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91Ƶ Equestrian Concludes Season On High Note

The IHSA and Eventing teams ended the 2023-2024 year at national championships events.

Equestrian champion posing with a medal, flanked by an official and another person holding a sign, at an indoor arena event.
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Double Major, Single Passion

The unusual combination of studies in chemistry and history led Amanda Metell ‘17 to a career in intellectual property law.

Amanda Metell '17 headshot

Grace Bakeman ’23 was named champion in the Introductory division at IHSA’s Zone 4 finals.

Grace Bakeman stands with head coach John West after earning her place at IHSA Nationals

Frequently Asked Questions

do I need to have my own horse to participate on the equestrian team?

Riders on the IHSA Team do not need to have their own horse to participate in competition. IHSA rules require all horses be provided by the host college, and competitors select their horses by random draw. There are horses available at the 91Ƶ Equestrian Center on which riders can train.

Members of the Eventing Team must have their own horse for training and competition.

is the equestrian team only for experienced riders?

No. We welcome and encourage riders of all levels and experience to become part of the team. Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competitions are open to riders from beginner (walk/trot) through experienced (open division).

Does randolph-Macon provide the opportunity to bring my horse to college?

Students can bring their own horse to board at the state-of-the-art 91Ƶ Equestrian Center, located just three miles from campus. Horses must be appropriate for the 91Ƶ equestrian program and are evaluated by our coaches and staff before permission is granted.

can i still join the equestrian team if i’m not interested in competing?

While all members of the Equestrian Team must be actively taking lessons, we welcome riders in all disciplines, at all levels of experience, whether interested in competing or not.

what is the cost of riding at randolph-macon?

Lesson fees are $500 per semester for ten lessons. (Additional lessons may be arranged directly with Randolph-Macon Equestrian Center.) In addition, each team member pays IHSA dues (currently $45). Lessons with our Eventing team coach are private and cost $75. 91Ƶ covers the cost of entry fees for the IHSA competitions and for the USEA Collegiate Challenges for the Eventing Team.

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