Programs & Fees
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2019-20 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 2019-20 (subject to change): upper barn: $600 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
Sherri West, Equestrian Director and Head Coach
West comes to Hollinsin the fall of 2018 after a decade plus stint at Virginia Tech. While in Blacksburg, West served many roles not only in the intercollegiate equestrian program but also within the university’s equitation program. In 2007, West started her tenure as an equitation instructor and equestrian coach. For the next eight years she would help to oversee the program’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat program, a program that achieved and sustained much success at the regional and national level. West also was an advisor to the Equestrian Club at Virginia Tech, being named Virginia Tech Recreational Sports coach of the Year in 2008. As the Hunter Team Head coach, West led the Hokies to their first ever Regional Championships in 2015 and 2016. In 2018 The Hunter Seat team earned a seventh place finish at the IHSA National Championships.
In addition to her success as a coach, West also brings extensive teaching, mentoring, and barn experience to Hollins. While working in the Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech, West helped to manage a staff of 12-15 students to facilitate the care of between 30-35 horses. Also, she ran a program to mentor summer interns as well assisting in fundraising and recruitment.
West’s experience isn’t limited to the intercollegiate coaching ranks. Prior to coaching and teaching at the collegiate level, West spent over a decade at the Bold Springs Veterinary Service in Blacksburg. She has served on boards for the IHSA, American National Riding Commission (ANRC), and Southwest Virginia hunter Jumper Association (SWVHJA).
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).
Kayleigh Burke, Assistant Riding Coach
Burke comes to Hollins after spending the past several years at Virginia Tech, where she received her Masters of Arts in Communication. While at the Blacksburg institution, Burke spent two years as a assistant coach of the Hunter Team. Her coaching duties included, serving as a mentor and role model for team members, helping to coordinate team and one-on-one practice sessions, coordinate travel, as well as assisting in the selection of Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team members, and monitoring the athletic performance of the student-athletes. In addition to serving as an assistant coach, Burke also worked in the Virginia Tech Department of Communications as a Graduate Teaching Assistant of Public Speaking. Kayleigh began the full-time position on May 28, 2019.
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.
Equestrian Director and Head Coach
Roanoke, VA 24020
Fax: (540) 362-6446