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


years of riding history at Madeira

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 physical education 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 trimester or for the entire year. Students boarding their own horses must participate in the riding program. 


Madeira fields a varsity and junior varsity riding team. The teams compete in 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. Individuals and teams earn points to qualify for regional, zone, and national finals. Students also compete on both privately owned and school horses at local and rated shows including “A-rated” shows like HITS Culpeper, The Virginia Intermont Classic, and Lexington Spring Premier. A number of “in-house” shows are held throughout the year at Madeira.

Program Highlights


  • Six regular season championships - Finished the regular season with the high 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.


  • 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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