12 Week Programs Fall Semester: Sept-Nov and Spring Semester: Feb-April. 3 Week Intensive Programs: Nov/Dec, January, May, and June. Preseason Program: Last 3 weeks August
Semester program focusing on a range of skills required for proper horse management. Varying levels based on student's current knowledge and level of horsemanship. This is a hands on program preparing students for horse ownership, job skills, and study skills for further education (pre-vet, farrier class, etc.). There is not a competitive riding component however riding instruction will be within the curriculum with horsemanship skills in mind. 3 Sessions per week.
Program focused on advancing riding with a focus on horse management for sport horses. 3 Sessions per week including a group lesson, horse care/practice day, and horse care/walk & talk day. Lesson attendance and horse care sessions mandatory. Practice and walk & talk are not mandatory. Riding students and Horse Management students will work together some days. For competitive riding and private lessons see below.
Semester program focused on learning and studying anatomy, conformation, movement, and common strokes of massage. Focus on safely working on horses and in depth preparation for home study or on-site certification as a Certified Equine Massage Therapist (not included in this course). Students ready for home study certification can use this course for support and access to horses needed for completion.
3 sessions per week including instruction, horsemanship, and practice.
Semester program focused on learning and studying anatomy, conformation, movement, and basic principles of hoof care and farrier work. Students will have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and continue as far as they'd like toward becoming a knowledgable rider/horse owner or a working farrier. 3 Sessions per week, some combined with Horsemanship for skill development in this area. Option for ride-along with farrier team.
Riding Program students can express goals and prepare for horse showing. Talk to KC about your goals and your budget for showing, and possibly leasing an appropriate mount for horse shows. Common associations we compete with are VHSA, USEF/USHJA, VHSA Associate, CHSA, CVSJA, SWVHJA, FHC, and more local organizations. Showing fees apply.
Please talk to KC if you would like to consider additional lessons.
This course is a shortened course for Animal Science Majors interested in some instruction on horsemanship and safety handling, horse behavior, history, common practices, etc.
Students can come out once a week to join in a Horsemanship session. Attendance is not mandatory, however certificates are awarded only on ability to demonstrate mastery of concepts within each level.
Working students are paid $10 per hour.
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Barn tours are available with appointment during the academic year.
I'm happy to talk to prospective or incoming students in the off season via phone and email.
We will be running Winter Hill Equine Studies Riding class independent of the club in addition to supporting club goals and guidelines for any specific Longwood related activities. There will be NO IHSA competition due to Covid19. Talk to KC about outside show status.
Longwood University and Hampden Sydney College students are invited to join Winter Hill regardless of affiliation with any campus club or organization. Contact Club President or KC for details. Programs do run along with academic calendar and with respect to academic priority.
Riders are responsible for all show expenses including entries, Coaching, Horse Use, Shipping, Stabling , etc.
Collegiate Show entries vary from $40-$100 per show.
Coaching is $350 per day (per team, split by riders or fundraised) for team shows (local shows or IHSA).
Horse Use at Horse Show: $100
Shared Horse Use: $65
(Doubletree $50 per horse, Lynchburg $85 per horse, Horse Center $125 per horse)
Longwood students have unlimited potential to fundraise to cover their out-of-pocket expenses!
For riders who aspire to show in our local, Regional, Zone, and National circuits
want to rely on the same partner for rides to develop that horse and rider relationship may want to consider a lease.
Leasing commitments vary from 3xweek to up to 5xweek.
Not all Winter Hill horses are available for lease, however talk to KC if you are interested.
Availability can vary depending on horse use and the levels of riders currently participating on school horses.
Winter Hill Horse 3 Day Lease: $650/month
Winter Hill Horse 4 Day Lease $750/month
Winter Hill Horse 5 Day Lease $850/month
Priority horse use at shows, horse use fee at shows reduced.
Shoeing to be paid by lease rider ($180 and up every 5-7 weeks) and due when farrier is scheduled.
5 semester Team Practices included.
Lease riders are required to lesson or team practice weekly as well as arrange a training ride weekly if needed.
4th year riders can talk to KC about a non-competitive, non-training program.
*School horses may still be used in school horse program, however lease horse rider is guaranteed their horse on their ride day and time.
If a Longwood Equestrian rider would like to arrange a lease of an outside show horse to meet their needs and goals we work with trainers all over the country to provided horses for this program. Generally an annual lease fee is negotiated to owner of the horse, and student is responsible for all horse expenses as a boarder at Winter Hill.
For riders interested in a lesson and training program geared toward horse show preparation. Talk to us about your goals and we will arrange some time to create a program appropriate to your goals, schedule, and budget.
Winter Hill Board/Lease Riders in a WEEKLY schedule 1 or more times per week:
Lesson or Training Ride: $45
Single lessons off farm or Ship In: $65
Horse Show Coaching: $100/day
Additional fees may include: Groom fee, braiding, overnight show set up and day care, shipping, and fees to show (entries, stabling, etc.)