We have hosted Longwood University Equestrian since 2002 and are excited you would like to be involved!
We have students from the college who are not in Sports Club Council (SCC) riding in our program , as well as students in the SCC recognized club. We have a small roster of local riders year round who support our efforts to focus on college riding during the academic year. We encourage you to communicate your goals and ask questions to decide what is right for you.
ALL riders here are supported, and all Winter Hill riders have the same expectations from us at the farm. SCC Club members may have additional expectations as outlined by their policies and guidelines- we will do our best to keep you connected with SCC Officers and Advisor. Winter Hill also creates as many opportunities and field trips as possible for non-riders who enjoy and support horse sports so Club opportunities are inclusive to those who currently ride, and those who have not had the opportunity or desire to do so.
We have built many options for riding and being involved at Winter Hill to accommodate all levels of commitment from our riders. If you have other interests and/or group responsibilities (such as Greek Life) please know that with great communication we can work with you on including horses in your life.
Winter Hill does expect ALL STUDENTS to on the Club "team" to participate in club events whether they are riding or not. For example, if 4 SCC team members are entered in a competition, the entire roster of SCC Club students is expected to prepare for, and attend the event in support. This includes night before prep, weekend competitions or clinics, etc.
Non SCC members are more than welcome to join in any way, but are not expected to do so if they have chosen a different program based on their situation (for example boarders, lease riders, lesson/show riders, WH working students, Winter Hill Leadership Team, etc.).
All riders will have Recruit School/Try Outs and a copy of Barn Guidelines, including cancellation policy and NO REFUND policy. We do spend the first 2-3 weeks of school getting to know each other, and completing orientation (Recruit School/tryouts) so you have all the information and trial riding time you need before deciding if this is the right program for you. Winter Hill also uses this time to complete the try out process, and may decide we should recommend other programs if this one at Winter Hill does not seem like the right fit. Sometimes we are limited on space due to horse use and IHSA placements/entry availability.
Recruit School is $100-$200 to participate. Non-riders can participate in Recruit School for a reduced rate.
Semester fees are due in mid-September (Fall) and the week BEFORE Fall Finals (Spring). Additional individual lessons, shows, etc are due/billed at time of scheduling or up to 2 days prior. Board and lease fees due the 25th of month prior.
*see Feb in Florida below
Space Limited- Try Outs based on IHSA Placement/Regional entry allotment, horse use, character, sportsmanship, horsemanship, and reliability.
10 weeks within each semester
(extra weeks for make ups)
3 rides per week:
Opportunity to be a member of the University's Equestrian Club (not required to participate at Winter Hill).
All levels welcome. Focus on riding theory, technique, and conditioning. Riders hoping to compete above 2' may consider a lease or boarding their own horse/lease horse. School horse use is focused on fundamentals of flatwork, conditioning, riding theory, pole work, and small jumps.
Each semester team riders can enter the ANRC Virtual Tournament as well as participate in other club events.
PLEASE contact us for an appointment to see the farm. We are not part of campus and will gladly make appointments during the academic year. In the summer and winter breaks we are happy to talk by phone or email.
Recruits or interested riders, please get in touch with KC via email:
Parents- we welcome your communication as well! Please encourage prospective students to reach out also.
*see Feb in Florida below
Space Limited- Try Outs based on character, sportsmanship, horsemanship, reliability.
*Lessons required at additional expense until instructor approval for independent rides*
For students who would like to ride for recreational enjoyment on the flat in an easy going program.
Lessons are required until both rider and instructor are confident with student going forward independently on a weekly basis.
Lessons are consecutive at the beginning of fall semester, and as scheduled thereafter as needed/wanted.
Available to returning members Spring Semester.
Additional lesson fee applies.
20 rides per semester (2xweek).
NON RIDING PROGRAM:
Students who would like to learn about horses, horse care, etc. are more than welcome to schedule lessons throughout the semester for an introduction to horses! Non riding lessons are $45 per session and will be minimum 1 hour of time at the barn. Winter Hill encourages non riders to be recognized as a LU Club member, as this is a sport that you can participate in your whole life!
Winter Hill Horse Lease
1/2 Lease: $750/month (3 days)
Full Lease: $1500/month (5-6 days)
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. An annual lease fee is negotiated with owner of the horse, and student is responsible for this fee as well as all horse expenses as a boarder at Winter Hill. Commission fee applies.
Inclement weather- lease riders and boarders can work on horsemanship areas in the barn or arrange to ship to the indoor.
Indoor fee: $15/rider per trip
Shipping fee: $15/rider per trip
*prices for indoor vary depending on where we go and responsibility of rider.
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.
Individual Lessons: $65
Horse Use for Lessons: $25
(Total for non-package lesson
on a school horse $90)
Summer Working Student positions available.
Beginner local child lessons $45 with required additional time at the barn to learn horsemanship.
Riders are responsible for all show expenses including entries, Coaching, Horse Use, Shipping, Stabling , etc.
Horse Show Coaching: $100/day
Horse Use at Horse Show: $100
Shared Horse Use: $65
Additional fees may include: Groom fee, braiding, overnight show set up and day care, shipping, staff per diem split, and fees to show (entries, stabling, tack stall, paddock, bedding, hay, etc.)
Collegiate Show entries vary from $40-$100 per show.
Team Coaching is $350 per day (per team, split by riders or fundraised) for team shows (local shows or IHSA).
Shipping: $2 per mile each way
We chose this circuit for its:
Tentative dates would be 3-4 weeks in February.
If you would like to join us we are happy to work with you on horse daycare, other services, etc. Your current trainer is welcome to meet you here to Coach or collaborate for seamless program goals.