Smart See, Smart Do: Bridgewater College Equestrian Center

by Su Clauson-Wicker

Most students ask "Can I bring my car to campus?”  

Smart See Smart Do Bridgewater Equestrian Center But at Bridgewater College, the question is "Can I bring my horse?"

Campus tour guides are happy to say that at Bridgewater, the answer is often yes. Spaces are reserved for student horses in Bridgewater’s equestrian center, where steeds experience all the comforts of home as well as extras like automated waterers.

Prospective students should plan a college visit that includes Bridgewater College’s year-round equestrian center. The facility includes two barns, 30 horses, two outdoor arenas, and one of the largest indoor arenas in western Virginia – a world-class facility to supportits flourishing equestrian program.

“I feel we have a top-of-the-line facility, one comparable with any equestrian center,”says Beth Boteler, Bridgewater College assistant director of riding.

The 10-year-old equestrian program has taken either first or second place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships five years running and placed in the top five nationally in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association this year.

The team practices and hosts intercollegiate horse shows at the riding and training facility located 15 minutes from campus. The 75-acre center includes fully-equipped classrooms, heated tack rooms, jumps, other support structures, and a full string of horses capable of teaching all levels of riders.

Smart See Smart Do Bridgewater Equestrian Center

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college in the Central ShenandoahValley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly 1,700 undergraduate students.

Planning a college visit is easy. Just call Admissions at 1-800-759-8328 or 540-515-3753. If you would like to arrange a visit with a professor or coach, attend a class,or visit the equestrian center, please schedule at least a week in advance. Saturday appointments fill quickly, so call as early as possible.

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