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JMU Equestrian is a club sport with approximately 50 members. We pride ourselves on being a relaxed, supportive, and family-like club of friendly, horse-loving Dukes. Our common equine interests form lasting friendships and memories. It is governed by an executive board of students. Club members participate in weekly meetings, educational activities, field trips, social events, fundraising and community service. Club members are required to pay dues each semester. The club’s roster is open to anyone with an interest in horses. Experience is not needed to join the club!

Interested students and incoming freshmen should attend Student Org Night (usually held during the first week of the Fall semester) and see the Equestrian Club table. Club representatives will be present to answer questions and gather contact information to let you know when and where our first meeting of the semester will be held and add you to our e-mail list.

  • President: Mariah Hawes,
  • Vice President: Clayton Poffenberge,
  • Secretary: Jordan Skowron,
  • Treasurer: Carly Holland,
  • Advisor: n/a

Many of the club members also ride and take lessons. Our club trains with Jason Berry at Jason Berry Stables in Verona, VA. You must join the club and pay dues to take lessons, but do not have to take lessons to be in the club. To take lessons, you will purchase a lesson package adjusted to fit the number of weeks in the semester from JBS. Lessons work out to $50 each. If you are selected to the IHSA show team, you are required to ride at least twice a week. If you do not show on the IHSA team, you can ride once a week.

As freshmen at JMU we understand that cars are not allowed. The club works with freshmen riders to coordinate lesson scheduling around your class schedule. We also make sure to group freshmen into lessons with an upperclassman driver. (This process is generally made much easier if freshmen can manage to schedule their classes in the morning and leave afternoons free or vice versa.) However, freshmen are expected to contribute gas money for shared transportation.

JMU Equestrian also competes in Zone 4 Region 2 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). There are 11 other teams in our region including Bridgewater College, Hollins University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Lynchburg College, Radford University, Randolph College, Roanoke College, Sweet Briar College, University of Virginia, and Washington and Lee University. IHSA includes classes from the Walk/Trot level through the 3’ level and is equitation based. We compete in IHSA meets during both the Fall and Spring semesters. All riders will fill out paperwork with the help of our IHSA Captain and coaches that determines their IHSA class level and eligibility. The number of riders we take to each meet varies based on the host school’s facility and size. Also, the team is subject to change based on performance in lessons and the discretion of our coaches and captain. Show team members must be full-time undergrad students. Our show team competes to earn points as a unit at meets. Showing as a team is a unique and rewarding experience that fosters a strong, encouraging support system.

If you would like to set up a tour of our facilities, please call/e-mail at least 2 weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate tours of both of our facilities. Please contact our Publicity Captains to schedule a tour:

Please understand that our club is run solely by students. Our executive board members dedicate the majority of their time apart from being full-time students to the club. Please consider this when contacting us and know that we try our hardest to get back to you as soon as possible.

Did you know that your donation can directly support the Equestrian Club by designating your gift directly to the team? Donate online. Under "Gift Information" and under "My Gift Will Support" select "Other." Write in "Equestrian Club Fund #14883."


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