Programs & Fees


2015-16 Riding Fee

$1,160 per course

  • Fee includes excellent hunter seat instruction for all levels (2 times a week)
  • Appropriate-level classes scheduled around academics
  • Small group lessons (average 6)
  • 43 large box stalls with rubber mats
  • Approximately 30 high-quality university-owned horses
  • Seven spacious pastures and paddocks with double white four-board fencing
  • Two tack rooms
  • Laundry room
  • Fee includes some weekend extra riding privileges
  • Private schooling sessions also available at no extra cost
  • Opportunities to show at intercollegiate shows (all fees paid by university)
  • Opportunities to show at open shows with no extra coaching or horse rental fees



Fees for 2015-16 (subject to change): upper barn: $1,055 per month: lower barn: $915.00 per month. Fees include special feed and blanketing.

Stable manager lives on site.

  • Priority is given to upperclasswomen
  • Early requests from first-year students are considered
  • Feeding, turn out, and other special needs are tailored to each horse to make transition from home as smooth as possible
  • Individual or small group turn out is offered
  • Boarders must be enrolled in riding program
  • Students usually ride their own horse in class; however, there are opportunities to ride a Hollins-owned horse



Riding Coaches


Nancy Peterson

Nancy Peterson, Director of Riding

B.A., Roanoke College. Riding instructor at Hollins since 1972. Inducted into the Virginia Horse Shows Association Hall of Fame (2012); inducted into the Virginia Horse Center Hall of Fame (2008); IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award (2007); ODAC Coach of the Year (five times); Horseperson of the Year (2004) VHSA; Guy Burkholder Memorial Sportsmanship Award (2006); Susan Hagan Award (2004); Andrew M. Montgomery Award (1998); Virginia Horse Show Association; Roanoke Valley Horse Show Hall of Fame (2001); hunter coordinator, Roanoke Valley Horse Show; board of directors, Virginia Horse Center; Horseperson of the Year (1995), VHC; Virginia Horse Council; past president, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association; board of directors, Virginia Horse Show Association, and past president, Roanoke Valley Horsemen's Association; Hall of Fame, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association.

Liz Courter

Liz Courter, Associate Head Coach

A.A., Southern Seminary. Riding instructor at Hollins since 1982. Guy Burkholder Memorial Sportsmanship Award (2007); ODAC Coach of the Year (three times); board of directors, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association (two terms).


Sandy Gerald

L. M. (Sandy) Gerald, Head Coach

B.S., Louisiana State University; is a well respected course designer and USEF "R" judge; awarded Virginia Horse Show Association's Susan H. Hagan Memorial Trophy; seven-time ODAC Coach of the Year; inducted into the Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association Hall of Fame, 2006; VHSA Horseman of the Year, 2006, 1992 (making him only the second person in the history of the VHSA to earn the honor a second time); current president, VHSA; Board of Directors, VHSA, 1987-present; Andrew Montgomery Award 1987; President, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association 1996-97; current president, IHSA Zone 4, Region 2.

Elise Roschen

Elise Roschen, Stable Manager, Assistant Director of Riding

A.A., Southern Seminary. Riding instructor at Hollins since 1986; consultant and advisor to many barns in Virginia. Received the IHSA National Championships Horse Show Sportsmanship Award, 2007.


Nancy Peterson
Riding Coach
Riding Center
Hollins University
Box 9611
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-6691
Fax: (540) 362-6446