Joy Collins ’91 serves as the Riding Program Manager. Her duties include overseeing all aspects of the p.e riding classes and community riding lessons offered at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center. Collins has worn many hats in her tenure at Mount Holyoke.
After graduating from the College in 1991, Collins was quickly hired on as an instructor. She rode as an alum in the IHSA for many years and won on the flat at the 1995 National Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Championships in Colorado. In 1997, Mount Holyoke hosted the National IHSA Championships in which Collins won the Coach’s class. She also served as course designer for that show and has course designed for several open, IEA and IHSA shows since.
While earning her Master’s Degree at Springfield College
in the mid 90’s, Collins also took on head coaching duties
for both Springfield and Hampshire College IHSA Club teams and then
served as assistant coach for the Mount Holyoke varsity IHSA team
culminating in a national title win in 2000. She served as
acting director of the Equestrian Center in 2004.
Collins founded the College's high school IEA team and served as
its coach from 2006-08. She also served as horse show manager
for many years and now enjoys course designing, horse show judging
and conducting clinics in addition to her regular teaching
A graduate H-A Pony Clubber and a past competitor at the Preliminary level in eventing and show jumping, Collins enjoys all forms of riding and learning about horses. In 2000, Collins won the Pro-Am Massachusetts Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final and in 2007 took first place at King Oak Farm’s Annual Spring event. Collins rides and competes when she can and always for the fun of it. “I enjoy riding for myself whether it is putting in the perfect hunter trip, or showing consistency and harmony in a dressage test or going for a gallop up Long’s Hill”. Her young daughter, Katie, will be headed into the show ring this year with her “good as gold” Arabian gelding, Raffi where she will compete in Walk-Jog Western classes. Collins just might share Raffi and take him in the offered dressage and hunter classes – “if she let’s me”.
In addition to all things horses, Collins enjoys reading, baking, chocolate, movies, boxing and Zumba. She holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jujitsu. She has also travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Ireland, England, France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, the Bahamas and all over the Caribbean. She was lucky enough to fly overseas on the Concorde in 1995. She is a life member of the U.S. Pony Clubs, the USHJA, USEF and USEA and a yearly member of the WNE-PHA and Tri- State Horsemen’s Club.