ASHLAND, Va. - Founded in 2010, Randolph-Macon College's equestrian program is growing by leaps and bounds, attracting student-riders from across the United States. To continue to grow and expand this outstanding program, the college recently purchased Coventry Farm.
Coventry Farm, located fewer than three miles from our Ashland campus, boasts 70 acres of pasture, has space for 33 horses, and includes an indoor riding arena, two large outdoor areas, and space for cross-country fences.
"Our equestrian program has flourished in the past eight years," says R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren. "With Coventry Farm now a part of the college, our students will have an even more robust equestrian experience as part of their full Randolph-Macon academic and residential college experience."
Training + Boarding
Dana Lesesne, director of the equestrian program, says the farm offers riders a top-quality facility in a beautiful setting.
"Coventry Farm is wonderfully maintained, spacious and located just minutes from campus," says Lesesne. "Our students have been training at Coventry and boarding their horses there for several years. It is one of the finest equine facilities in the area, and it gives us the ability to position R-MC as one of the most desirable colleges for the student who is committed to pursuing a liberal arts education and achieving his or her goals in the show ring. Our location in the heart of USEA (United States Eventing Association) Area II means that we can offer event riders, as well as hunt seat riders, the best opportunities."
John West, who serves as head hunt seat trainer, has been instrumental in bringing many riders up through the levels of both hunt seat and equitation riding. A fixture in the Virginia riding scene for many years, he brings both expertise and enthusiasm to the program.
Ashley Adams brings a wealth of experience to her role as head eventing trainer. Adams, who has recently competed and coached in Australia, is highly skilled in all levels of horse management and in training horses and riders, and has ridden at the international 4-star level.
Coventry Farm will continue to operate a community-focused boarding and teaching facility. Lessons and boarding are offered for riders interested in either hunt seat riding or eventing. The farm will also continue to host the Central Virginia Show Jumping Association (CVSJA) shows that have become an important part of the local show schedule, and it will be adding clinics and camps to its community offerings.