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.
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.
For questions regarding the Equestrian Program at Madeira, including horse donations and boarding, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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