Profile: Racing Towards the Finish Line

At Home at Randolph-Macon College

Chemistry senior Amanda Metell has always had a love for horses, even though no one else in her family rides. But what started as a “pastime that was different than the average after-school activity” has become a sport she’s relied on to help finish her senior year strong.

Growing up and learning to ride in the New England area provided a valuable equestrian foundation for Amanda before she left for college. But since she has plans to one day pursue a PhD in chemistry—and the desire to incorporate her showmanship into her college experience—she needed a college that knew how to balance her educational needs with her equestrian passion. After visiting the campus, Amanda knew that Randolph-Macon College was the right choice for her.

A New England Feel Right Here in Virginia

Because the campus had a “New England feel… comparable to a smaller version of the campus of Harvard,” Amanda settled right in. She says, “[the professors] care so much about our education and put so much effort into their jobs as professors,” and the chemistry department “was so advanced for being in a small liberal arts school.” As Amanda finishes her senior year in the chemistry department, she knows that the Equestrian Club has been a vital part of her educational experience at Randolph-Macon College.

“It would be very hard to participate on the equestrian team and not feel like you are part of a small family.”

Currently, Amanda competes in the walk/trot/canter division in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) shows, but also relies on her background in dressage as she continues to train. With weekly meetings and small-group lessons scheduled around class schedules, the members of the Equestrian Club share a unique bond with their teammates. Amanda says, “I start feeling like I’m leaving home when I go back to New England, and when I fly back into Richmond, I feel like I have come home.”

See Other Stories:

Eliza, a freshman who came to R-MC in part because of the sense of community the campus created—even in an individualized sport such as competitive horseback riding.

Erin, a now-sophomore at Randolph-Macon College who moved across the country to continue her equestrian competitions and training, but found just as many opportunities in her academic field.

Madlen, a junior-status student who, even though she has ridden her entire life, continues to learn from the broad variety of riders and the experience they bring to the Equestrian Club.

Amanda Metell  on a horse

Find Out More About the Equestrian Club

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or submit your information and one of the club members will reach out with material about how you can become a part of R-MC’s equestrian community.