USHJA Emerging Athlete Program accepted two Madeira riders in 2013
Our girls won over 30 awards and ribbons at regular season IEA competitions
Skilled riding instructors give one-on-one support and training to every rider
Varsity and JV riders compete at IEA and USEF rated horse shows
You can board your horse in one of our 30 stalls

Riding Program

For over 70 years, the equestrian program has been an important part of the athletic curriculum at Madeira. 

Designed to challenge both the beginner and the experienced rider, the goal of the program is to develop self-assured and disciplined riders capable of participating in a wide range of equestrian activities. Instructors are committed to assisting each rider develop her talents and skills and achieve a sense of individual accomplishment.

Riding Classes

Students enrolled in the program receive activity credit and are scheduled to ride two times per week. Instruction in hunter seat equitation and stable management skills are incorporated in the regular curriculum. Students are encouraged to spend time at the stables and have the opportunity to ride independently outside of class. Riders may enroll by season or for the entire year. 


Madeira fields a varsity riding team. The team competes at Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) competitions in addition to local and USEF- rated horse shows. IEA offers the opportunity for riders of all levels to compete and qualify for regional, zone, and national finals. Its unique format also prepares riders for college riding and provides a team experience in what is typically an individual sport.

Students compete at a number of local and USAF horse shows during the year including Middleburg Classic, Washington International, Duke Benefit, Lexington Spring Series, and Upperville.

A number of on-campus horse shows and clinics are held throughout the year.

Program Highlights


  • Six regular season championships - Finished the regular season with the highest points of any team in the region and zone.
  • Seventh place team finish at IEA Nationals out of 1300 teams in the country.
  • Finished 2nd at Zone Finals in competition against the top teams from MD, VA, WV and NC.
  • 15 riders qualified as individuals for IEA regional finals, seven riders qualified IEA Zone Finals and three riders qualified as individuals at Nationals. 
  • Freshman rider Bridget Vaughey finished Reserve Champion in the Individual Junior Varsity Beginner Flat at IEA Nationals.
  • Multiple championships won at USEF Premier-rated horse shows, including HITS Culpepper, Upperville, Lexington, Raleigh, and Middleburg.


  • IEA team won six regular season championships.
  • IEA team and 17 Madeira students qualified for IEA Regional Finals.
  • 4 students qualified for IEA Zone Finals.
  • 3 students qualified for IEA National Finals.
  • Emily Leins '17 finished 7th at IEA National Finals.
  • Multiple championships won throughout the year at USEF Premier-rated horse shows including HITS Culpepper, HITS Saugerties, Lexington, and Loudon Benefit.


  • IEA team won five regular season championships
  • 14 Madeira students qualified for IEA Regional Finals. Five students qualified for IEA Zone Finals.
  • Sixth place Individual Junior Varsity Beginner Flat at IEA National championships
  • Multiple ribbons and championships won at shows such as Upperville, Swan Lake, HITS Culpeper, and the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival


  • IEA team won five regular season championships
  • 12 Madeira Students qualified for IEA Regional Finals. Four students qualified for IEA Zone Finals
  • Won IEA Regional team championship.
  • National Champion Individual Junior Varsity Beginner Flat at IEA National championships.

For questions regarding the Equestrian Program at Madeira, including horse donations and boarding, email riding@madeira.org.


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May 22, 2017

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Madeira IEA team places 2nd at National Finals

April 24, 2017


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Madeira Equestrians finish 1st at IEA Regional Finals

February 23, 2017

The Madeira Equestrian team finished in first place at the IEA Regional Finals. The first-place finish secured a place at IEA Zone Finals.

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