If you are looking for colleges that have equestrian programs, it is important to not only look at the degree programs that they offer, but also look at their equestrian facilities. One school you may want to look at is our Featured College Equestrian Facility: Sweet Briar College. The Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center in Sweet Briar, Virginia, is ranked as one of the best college riding centers in the nation.
The Robin S. Cramer Hall is one of the largest indoor college arenas in the country. At 120' x 300', the arena is large enough to hold classes, while simultaneously allowing individual riders to ride. There are also three large outdoor rings, an enclosed lunging ring, and teaching fields, and miles of trails on the 3,250 acre campus. The trails wind through wooded countryside, foothills, dells, and open fields. Riders also enjoy a hunter trials course, fence lines with coops, and a complete inventory of hunter-jumper fences suitable for competitions.
Caption: At Sweet Briar College, riders enjoy a hunter trials course, fence lines with coops, and a complete inventory of hunter-jumper fences suitable for competitions.
When training for equestrian events, the arena is as important as the horse and rider. A large clean space with proper footing is essential for the health of both horse and rider. Choosing a college with a highly respected riding center, such as Sweet Briar College, is one way to ensure a quality training environment.
If you are looking into your own riding arena, East-West Arena Construction specializes in arena design and construction, refurbishment of existing arenas, and premium footing for the arena. Contact us for more information on how we can assist you with creating a winning arena.