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 streams.
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 clicking HERE.
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 their region.
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 auditing may be arranged through the Office of Admission during this visit. Contact us by phone or email in September for more information.
Directions and Parking:
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 of Operation:
Hours are subject to change, especially during college breaks.