The Randolph-Macon College Equestrian Team welcomes riders of all levels who are
interested in competing in hunt seat equitation (all IHSA Region 1 competitions
are hunt seat equitation).
We particularly encourage less experienced riders 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.
Our training facility is Stillmeadows Farm.
Stillmeadows is owned by Sulu and Derek Reed, both of whom are nationally recognized
Grand Prix level riders. They are assisted by Tracey Harmon, an accomplished rider
who has managed barns for some of the best riders in the country.
Stillmeadows is located approximately eight miles from RMC's campus and offers two
large, lighted outdoor arenas, as well as a beautiful indoor arena, several barns
for boarders and ample turnout.
Members of the R-MC Equestrian Team commit to a minimum of ten riding lessons per
semester with trainer Jessica Straus at Haverhill and agree to participate in all
horse shows and team activities to the best of their abilities.
Lesson fees are $425 per semester for ten lessons. (Additional lessons may be arranged
directly with Haverhill.) In addition, each team member pays IHSA dues (currently
The college provides transportation to shows and pays the team’s travel costs and
show entry fees.
The IHSA seeks to make equestrian
competition available to any college student, without regard to the student’s financial
resources, riding level, or show experience. At IHSA events, all competitors ride
horses provided by the host college, and riders choose their horses by drawing lots.
The IHSA notes, “The theory behind this structure is to equalize variables of the
competition and test the horsemanship of the contestants.”
At IHSA Division I shows, students are able to compete in hunt seat equitation both
on the flat and over fences.