Programs & Fees

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2017-18 Riding Fee

$1,195 per course

  • Fee includes excellent hunter seat instruction for all levels (2 times a week)
  • Appropriate-level classes scheduled around academics
  • Small group lessons (average 6)
  • 43 large box stalls with rubber mats
  • Approximately 30 high-quality university-owned horses
  • Seven spacious pastures and paddocks with double white four-board fencing
  • Two tack rooms
  • Laundry room
  • Fee includes some weekend extra riding privileges
  • Private schooling sessions also available at no extra cost
  • Opportunities to show at intercollegiate shows (all fees paid by university)
  • Opportunities to show at open shows with no extra coaching or horse rental fees



Fees for 2017-18 (subject to change): upper barn: $1,110 per month: lower barn: $960.00 per month. Fees include special feed and blanketing.

Stable manager lives on site.

  • Priority is given to upperclasswomen
  • Early requests from first-year students are considered
  • Feeding, turn out, and other special needs are tailored to each horse to make transition from home as smooth as possible
  • Individual or small group turn out is offered
  • Boarders must be enrolled in riding program
  • Students usually ride their own horse in class; however, there are opportunities to ride a Hollins-owned horse



Riding Coaches


Nancy Peterson

Nancy Peterson, Director of Riding

B.A., Roanoke College. Riding instructor at Hollins since 1972. Inducted into the Virginia Horse Shows Association Hall of Fame (2012); inducted into the Virginia Horse Center Hall of Fame (2008); IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award (2007); ODAC Coach of the Year (five times); Horseperson of the Year (2004) VHSA; Guy Burkholder Memorial Sportsmanship Award (2006); Susan Hagan Award (2004); Andrew M. Montgomery Award (1998); Virginia Horse Show Association; Roanoke Valley Horse Show Hall of Fame (2001); hunter coordinator, Roanoke Valley Horse Show; board of directors, Virginia Horse Center; Horseperson of the Year (1995), VHC; Virginia Horse Council; past president, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association; board of directors, Virginia Horse Show Association, and past president, Roanoke Valley Horsemen's Association; Hall of Fame, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association.

Claudia Roland, Head Coach

Claudia Roland comes to Hollins from Palm Beach, Florida; brings more than three decades of hands-on experience as a horse trainer, riding instructor, national and international judge, and program director. Roland served as head trainer for eight years at the Wellington Show Stables and Sunlight Saddle Club in Stuart, Florida, where she designed and managed horse shows and instructed students in proper riding skills, horse care, and competition preparation. From 1977 to 2004, she owned and operated Fox Hollow Farms in Atlanta. She designed the barn as well as training and competition courses at the facility. Roland also oversaw all horse and rider training and lessons, and led Fox Hollow Farms in showing extensively throughout the southeastern United States. Most recently she has worked as a freelance trainer and international judge, conducting private hunter/jumper horse and rider training, and traveling to various locations to provide adjudicating services.

She has guided some of the top riders to qualify at the highest levels of competition, including the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Regionals; has also coached the winners of the South Carolina Hunter/Jumper Association Governor’s Trophy, the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) Junior Hunters and Children’s Hunters Championship, and the prestigious Bryan Trophy.

Liz Courter

Liz Courter, Associate Head Coach

A.A., Southern Seminary. Riding instructor at Hollins since 1982. Guy Burkholder Memorial Sportsmanship Award (2007); ODAC Coach of the Year (three times); board of directors, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association (two terms).


Elise Roschen

Elise Roschen, Stable Manager, Assistant Director of Riding

A.A., Southern Seminary. Riding instructor at Hollins since 1986; consultant and advisor to many barns in Virginia. Received the IHSA National Championships Horse Show Sportsmanship Award, 2007.


Nancy Peterson
Riding Coach
Riding Center
Hollins University
Box 9611
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-6691
Fax: (540) 362-6446