The primary goal of the Riding Program is to give students an opportunity to develop their equestrian skills and knowledge through a sound instructional program, constructive competitive experiences, and recreational riding activities while at the same time pursuing a quality liberal arts degree. The modern system of riding taught at Sweet Briar involves the experience of learning to cooperate physically and emotionally with the athletic ability and temperament of the horse and learning the problem-solving skills, discipline, and clear thinking which enable women to succeed in their future careers.
The Riding Program sponsors a number of competitive opportunities for riders of all levels such as intercollegiate competitions and competitions in the hunter/jumper and equitation devisions. There are three riding teams: IHSA Team; Field Riding Team; and the ANRC/ODAC Team. In addition, opportunities for students to compete as independent competitors at hunter/jumper and equitation competitions (local and USEF/USHJA rated) as well as Fall Hunter Paces and Hunter Trials are available.
The program sponsors informal, organized, and educational recreational activities throughout the year. These opportunities include riding independently and guided trail rides. Field trips, in-house shows, and organized games such as an Easter egg hunt are also offered.
A certificate is offered for students interested in a career in the equine industry and for the student/amateur who would enjoy expanding her knowledge and experience in this area. The certificate is available in a management concentration and in a teaching and schooling concentration, and may be elected by students majoring in any department of the College. See Equine Studies for more information and certificate requirements.
Riding Program Courses
There is an additional fee for riding (see College Fees).
Instruction is provided for the beginning level through advanced levels. Areas of focus include hunter/jumpers/equitation, schooling/re-schooling projects, and field riding. These courses are offered to fulfill the General Education Physical Activity requirement (IV.3) and a maximum of five credits in physical education activity courses and/or Riding Program activity courses may be applied toward the degree. Beyond this, students who elect to continue a riding education should register each semester for a course which meets their interests and goals. A minimum of two instructional sessions per week, as well as theory/written work, is required for the successful completion of a course. Credit is given at the rate of 0.5 credits per quarter or 1 credit per semester. In addition, several special courses are offered for full academic credit. Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Please consult the Riding Program Handbook for descriptions of current courses, the five-year schedule of course offerings, and for other information about the program.
Activity courses are graded on a P/CR/NC grading option only.
RDPR 162 Pre-position
RDPR 163 Position
RDPR 164 Advanced Position
RDPR 167 Independent Riders w/Hacking I
RDPR 170 Introduction to Position and Control
RDPR 171 Position and Control I
RDPR 172 Position with Hacking
RDPR 173 Competitive Trail Riding
RDPR 175 Position with Introduction to Jumping
RDPR 181 Position and Control II
RDPR 185 Jumping Fundamentals I
RDPR 186 Jumping Fundamentals II
RDPR 188 Riding Problems
RDPR 190 Introduction to Field Riding and Hacking
RDPR 196 Introduction to Riding Courses I
RDPR 197 Introduction to Riding Courses II
RDPR 198 Introduction to Natural Horsemanship
RDPR 281 Introduction to Showing Hunters I
RDPR 285 Introduction to Field Riding and Jumping
RDPR 286 Riding Courses I
RDPR 288 Dressage Sportif
RDPR 290 Prix Caprilli
RDPR 291 Introduction to Schooling Horses
RDPR 294 Introduction to Schooling and Competing with Jumpers
RDPR 296 Introduction to Competing Jumpers
RDPR 371 ANRC Levels Prep and Performance
RDPR 381 Showing Hunters I
RDPR 382 Showing Hunters II
RDPR 385 Fall Field Riding Team
RDPR 391 Schooling Young and Problem Horses I
RDPR 393 Schooling Young and Problem Horses II
RDPR 394 Schooling and Competing with Jumpers I
RDPR 398 Show Team
The department offers non-activity courses and seminars in special topics relating to the Riding Program. These courses meet once per week and, in addition, include readings, laboratory assignments, and a field trip or special project. These courses will be listed on the transcript but will not be counted for credit or toward satisfying the General Education Physical Activity Requirement.
RDPR 169 (0) Basic Horse Care
RDPR 192 (0) Form to Function
RDPR 297 (0) Practicum for Student Assistants
These courses are graded and count toward the hours required for graduation, but as non-activity courses, they do not satisfy the General Education Physical Activity Requirement.
RDPR 161 (1, 2, or 3)–Special Study
RDPR 207 (2)–Equine Activities Management Class
RDPR 218 (2)–Horse Care and Stable Management Practicum
RDPR 295 (1)–Teaching Techniques for Student Teachers
RDPR 361 (1, 2, or 3)–Special Study
RDPR 377 (1, 2, or 3)–Internship
RDPR 390 (2)–Farm and Stable Management
RDPR 392 (3)–Theory and Practice of Schooling Horses
RDPR 396 (3)–Contemporary Riding and Teaching
RDPR 461 (1, 2, or 3)–Independent Study