Built in 1987, the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center
is considered to be one of the finest facilities for educational
and competitive riding available to students anywhere. Its
stable provides over 69 spacious, airy, rubber-matted stalls, a
large outdoor all-weather footing show arena, a permanent dressage
arena, two indoor arenas, all-weather turnout paddocks, hunt field
and a cross-country course through 120 acres of woods, fields, and
The College's riding team is a regular visitor to the
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National
Championships. Since 2000, the Lyons have taken
home a pair of National titles (2000, 2006) and
two Reserve Championships (2005, 2007).
They have placed in the top ten several times.
Mount Holyoke's dressage team
has also posted an impressive record, with three
Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships
and numerous individual and regional awards.
The Dressage team rode to victory on April 27, as they won the
2013 IDA National Championship! Read more about the victory by
In 2008, Mount Holyoke became the first small, liberal
arts college in its region to host an active IHSA western riding team. Like dressage, the
western team is a club sport that gives students unique leadership
opportunities as well as a competitive western riding experience.
The team is quickly growing into a force to be reckoned with in
Mount Holyoke is also proud to have an Interscholastic
Equestrian Association (IEA) team. The IEA began in
2002 and was formed and organized to promote and improve the
quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to
middle and secondary school students.
Prospective students are
welcome to visit the Equestrian Center and self-tour the
facilities. To set up an appointment, please call 413-538-2272
or send us an email. Refer to our calendar to target your visit around
specific events held at the facility.
The Equestrian Center hosts an open house for prospective
students (high school juniors and seniors only) each November. At
this Focus on Riding event, you will meet with
coaches, take a tour of the Equestrian Center, have dinner with
team members and spend the night on campus. Campus tours,
admissions interviews and class visits may be arranged through the
Office of Admission during this visit.
Contact us by phone or email in September for more
The Equestrian Center is situated on the
east side of the Mount Holyoke campus on Park Street. From
Route 116, turn onto Park Street and follow for 1/8 mile to the
facility's entrance. There is plenty of free parking available.
Hours are subject to change, especially during college