So... anyone else here going to Sweet Briar?

<p>Besides me, of course? Or am I the only one?</p>

<p>Hey! I've been looking around at colleges...I want to major in Equine studies, and I heard Sweet Briar has a program. I'll take a chance and guess from your screenname that you might be getting involved in their equine program:) Can you tell me what you know about it? How much riding you get to do, if they have programs in riding instruction/training, what the facilities are like? I am also looking into the programs at Virginia Intermont and Centenary College (NJ). Know any good or bad things about their programs?
Congrats on getting into Sweet Briar!
~Emily</p>

<p>The equine program at Sweet Briar is awesome. Unfortunately, they only offer an equine studies certificate- it's not offered as a major or a minor. The facilities are really nice- they have a nice barn, an indoor ring, some outdoor rings, and an hunter trials jumping course. They focus soley on hunter/jumpers, although a couple people do eventing off-campus. The riding center is located about a mile or so from the center quad, and they have buses every half hour or so. You can also walk or drive your car to the barn, so getting there is NOT a problem (it's a really beautiful campus). They offer a lot of programs from recreational riding to competitive riding. They have a Fall Show Team which goes to the A shows, a Fall Hunt Team, which does local hunts, an IHSA team and an ANRC team. They host shows, and they also have campus Fun Shows, which are only open to the riders at Sweet Briar. For the general riding program, you purchase blocks of rides per semester, ranging from 15 rides per semester ($225), to 60 or 70 rides, which is $975-1005. Each block of rides includes 2 lesson/week, and the rides are independent. From what I've heard, the schoolies are amazing, the instruction is pretty good. Here is the website <a href="http://www.sbc.edu/riding/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.sbc.edu/riding/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>I was thinking about VI since they offer a major in Equine Studies, but my mom wouldn't let me look at them since their general academic program is really crappy. My mom wanted me to get a good all-around academic program, and she wasn't willing to pay for 4 years at VI. Also, their riding program is REALLY big. </p>

<p>I started to look at Centenary, but it seemed to be pretty expensive, and I wanted to stay in VA. Also, I think the equine center at both VI and Centenary is located off-campus (about 15 minutes away).</p>

<p>One thing to keep in mind- Sweet Briar is all girls, VI is coed, and I think Centenary is coed (not completely sure though). If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me, and I'll my best to answer them! :)</p>

<p>Whoops. I need to edit my post, and I don't know how. Originally I wrote "Each block of rides includes 2 lesson/week, and the rides are independent." What I meant to say was that "Each block of rides include 2 lessons/week, and the REST of the rides are independent."</p>

<p>I'm looking for an equine studies major too! I liked Averett alot, it's a private school in VA and Intermont is supposed to be really good. Centenary is REALLY expensive and that's about all I know about it. I also liked Cazenovia in NY. If anyone knows of anymore colleges w/ equine studies degrees, POST! I am really interested! Thanks!</p>

<p>Also, what are my chances of getting into a equine studies program? My GPA is about a 3.8-4.0 and I have been riding for 6-7 years and showing for 4. I am fine tuning the 2' division, so not a high ranked rider AT ALL. Would really like to ride on the team if possible. </p>

<p>Hey, I'm from N. VA too!</p>

<p>So from what I've heard, Sweet Briar seems like it has a really good riding program! I was wondering if anyone has had experience with trying out for/ being on their fall hunter team, or the ANRC team? I plan to be on the IHSA team, (Im on an IEA team right now!) but these teams sound really good to be on :). What are the odds of a freshman getting on these teams? How do the tryouts work? I'd really love to be able to continue doing rated shows in college! I'm currently doing 3'3 eq at shows now, but I have experience with hunters at that height as well; is that at all competitive for getting on these teams? Thank youuu :)</p>

<p>check out SCAD!
SCAD</a> > Programs > Equestrian Studies > About
Not sure how far you wanted to go, but this is in GA; it is an art school as well! A friend of mine goes there and she loves it, but its a bit far away for me :(</p>

VI doesn’t exist any more.