The Equestrian Team provides opportunities
for riders of all levels.
Randolph-Macon College Equestrian Team, now in its third year, provides
opportunities for riders of all levels. The team rides at Haverhill Equestrian Center
in Ashland and is
coached by Jessica Straus and Natalie Shinnamon.
“This is our second year hosting the Randolph-Macon team,” says Straus. “Haverhill
has two barns and four arenas, including one covered to accommodate multiple lessons
and weather conditions.” Dana Lesesne, director of the program, recruits students
and acts as a liaison between parents/students and the coaching staff at Haverhill.
The team is led by Emily Kirk ’16, president, and Kristin Kunz
’16, vice president, with Marika Beale ’16 serving
as secretary and Jenny McDonough ’16 as treasurer. The other team
members are: Cailin Belton ’16, Maggie Brogan ’17,
Stephanie Clute ’17, Slade Greenway ’17, Leah
Kehoe ’17, Geordie LaRue ’17, Amanda Mettell ’17,
Rachel Wade ’17, Savannah Whitcomb ’17, and
Hannelore Witt ’17. Team members hail from as far away as California
and Massachusetts and as close as Richmond.
The team competes within the IHSA (in hunt seat equitation) zone four and is part
of the newly formed Region Four. The region includes R-MC, University of Richmond,
Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Mary Washington, Longwood, William
& Mary, and Christopher Newport. The R-MC team is currently placed third in
the team standings this season, a move up from its excellent 2012 fifth-place finish
(in a region with 17 teams.)
October 26 - University of Richmond at Haverhill Farm
November 3 - College of William & Mary
November 9 - Christopher Newport University
November 10 - Christopher Newport University
February 15 – University of Mary Washington
February 16 – University of Mary Washington
February 23 - Regionals
April 3-4 - Zones
The Randolph-Macon College
Equestrian Team welcomes riders of all levels who are interested in competing
in hunt seat equitation (all IHSA Region 4 competitions are hunt seat equitation).
Less-experienced riders are encouraged to consider becoming part of the team. IHSA
shows are fun and exciting, with competition at a range of levels from beginner
(walk/trot) through experienced (open). Because points are awarded equally for place
finishes at all levels, this is truly a sport where every member can make a difference
for the team.
Equestrian team members do not need to have a horse in order to compete; in fact,
IHSA rules require the host team to provide all the horses for the competition.
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