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