*RIDER RECRUIT SCHOOL IS LABOR DAY WEEKEND-
Winter Hill provides a small, and truly unique program for Longwood riders. The focus of all levels is horsemanship, safety, development of the horse and rider as an athlete, and the competitive spirit of the sport.
IHSA riders have three riding opportunities weekly throughout competition season.
Practice riders have 10-15 riding opportunities throughout the semester.
Boarders will lesson 1x week except the last two weeks of the semester before exam week (to prepare for final exams). Most weeks we will offer an extra day to jump school to offset these weeks of missed lessons. Boarders can ask for their horse to be hacked during these last weeks to help with rides at no charge.
5+ shows per semester competing in IHSA, SWVHJA, VHSA, CHSA, and USEF "A" and "AA" shows. School horses MAY be available for outside shows. Lease riders have priority on horse use for outside shows.
Longwood does not offer scholarships or assistance with riding fees, however many students and parents have shared with us some benefits of our program despite the out of picket cost:
- (in-state students): the cost of state school tuition vs. private off-set the out-of-pocket expenses of riding and showing with this program.
-the small atmosphere and family environment gives students a place to call home, where they get a lot of attention both on and off the horse. We have a tight knit team invested in the sport, and in caring for their horses and encouraging each other in all endeavors.
-showing opportunities where students learn all aspects of showing, rather than just paying for the services at a horse show (the majority of coaching fees are paid for by team budget- only personal show expenses paid for by student. i.e- entries, office, stabling, hotel, shipping).
-Many FUNDRAISING opportunities are available and riders are encouraged to pursue fundraising and sponsorships to offset expenses.
We will do our best to arrange a riding program of some kind if you are on a waiting list for the team or a tight budget. Working student hours usually available.
Transportation to the barn is arranged by carpool. The distance from campus is 6 miles. The riding schedule is built around class schedules, appropriate group levels, and transportation. There is a parking policy for freshman, and most are not allowed cars on campus. Freshman boarders (accepted on an individual basis) MAY be eligible for a freshman parking pass to be used solely for team driving convenience.
Horse Show Transportation is arranged by carpool as well and all shipping arranged through KC at rider's expense. There is no team transportation to shows.
Riding Packages (click this link)
*Rider Recruit School is a pre-requisite for all riding and lesson packages*
For waiting list riders: If a team spot opens up during the semester, a rider may be offered the open position and remaining cost of lesson package will be pro-rated. If you have successfully completed a semester of regular riding package OR you are a W/T rider protecting your eligibility we may be able to offer a practice only package for riding enjoyment rather than competitive practice. Ask KC for details! KC Meadows is the Hunt/Jumper instructor. We may have other instructors available for flat lessons and dressage lessons based on interest and/or scheduling and horse use.
**Please note, our contract is with the RIDER who is participating, not the person writing the check for lessons. Please communicate this at home and try to direct questions through the rider/student. There are NO REFUNDS under ANY circumstances. The fee we collect is used immediately to provide for each rider’s commitment for the semester, so once you commit to us, we commit to you and there IS NO MONEY LEFT TO REFUND if you quit.
Class Schedules: Check with KC before each semester for suggestions on class schedules. Lessons are usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. You are grouped according to your level if possible. Talk to KC if you are worried about your schedule. The lesson schedule is posted on my NOTES page on Facebook so all students can reference it, regardless of which team "group" they belong to during the first few weeks of school. (Recruit Page riders will be transferred to the Current Member Page when registration is complete).
Working Student Positions: $9/hr.
RIDER RECRUIT SCHOOL (RRS) IS LABOR DAY WEEKEND. Some new riders have already secured a spot on the team through visits, evaluation rides, and communication with us prior to arriving at Longwood. However, ALL new riders must complete RRS as a pre-requisite to all riding packages/boarding at Winter Hill. Cost for recruit camp is $300 and this fee will go toward your semester package if you are accepted and/or want to continue. You are NOT obligated to ride for the semester if you complete Recruit School and do not wish to continue. RRS is a pre-requisite for all packages and is only offered in the Fall on Labor Day Weekend.
Fall Semester Due: At our Team Meeting the first Tuesday of classes. 8PM on campus.
(New riders only pay for Recruit School. Balance will be due by the following Tuesday)
Spring Semester regular season package is due the Friday BEFORE Finals of Fall Semester. (This is BEFORE Winter Break).
We make a commitment to provide for your spot in the program which costs us money AHEAD of when you begin lessons). We do not offer payment plans, but we can accept your payment by credit card. There are no refunds under any circumstances, so if you make the team please be certain about your commitment for the semester.
Try-outs: All new riders will participate in Rider Recruit School on Labor Day weekend. Even if you have secured a "spot" on the team you must complete camp successfully. RRS is a pre-requisite for all packages. If you do not plan to lesson until Spring semester it is recommended you complete RRS and participate in the minimal practice package so that you stay on our radar for a lesson spot. You may be offered a team spot or a practice spot at the end of camp. Please get in contact with KC as early as you can! Sign up for our Recruit page on Facebook to stay in touch with what is going on and opportunities you may be able to take advantage of. We encourage horses and riders of ANY level who have a goal to compete, are willing to learn, and understand our main priorities are safety and horsemanship. A video and photos are helpful, and a private riding tryout can be arranged during the school year (our horses are turned out for the summer- May through August- and not available to ride). Horses provided may be at any level of training that we deem appropriate for the program, and we do not guarantee an experienced show horse. Many of our successful IHSA and outside show riders train and compete on school horses.
Suggested material to send to KC: 2 minute video, 3 pictures displaying your ability, and a recommendation from your trainer. Please include a cover letter, personally written, detailing your goals for college riding. Mailing address: KC Meadows, Winter Hill, 308B S.Main St. #115, Farmville, VA 23901.
If we feel you are not a good match for the program, the chances of you being happy in the program are not good. We try to communicate with you if there are any questions so we can be sure about your goals, level of commitment, and readiness to be a part of the team. Actual skill level is NOT a consideration for us, we enjoy riders of ALL levels.
There is a fitness requirement that we can help you work on. A goal for starters is a 10 minute mile, the ability to run up to a 5K, and a good core workout regimen.
RRS rides are in schooling attire and a mock show in show attire IF you have it. If you do not, talk to KC and we can work with you. DON"T worry if you don't have show clothes yet.
Paperwork necessary for RRS: Registration page, SCC Waiver, Winter Hill Release, Payment for RRS/$300 (deducted from lesson packages if you participate further)
Registration paperwork necessary to begin lessons: Winter Hill Riding Agreement and Barn Guidelines, copy of Lic. and Student ID for SCC, balance due of package payment.
Entry at Horse Shows: The horse shows we attend with our own horses have a WIDE variety of levels to accommodate new riders, green horses, as well as intermediate and advanced riders. Although we focus on Equitation, we compete in Hunters and Jumpers as well.
IHSA Riders- our entries to these shows are very limited. We normally have several WTC and Novice level riders, so entry selection for divisions like this are based on riding assessments, team activities (fundraising, team events, and supporting at IHSA shows regardless of entry), and seniority. Points carry over year to year (except Open) so younger members will most likely get a chance in a full division as upperclassmen point out.
We usually do not have enough riders in the WT, Intermediate, and Open levels. If this is the level you may be, your chances for an entry may be greater.
Board Options (include weekly lessons/jump school):
$750 (large group pasture board- shared run-in sheds with group). Mares and geldings are separate from each other. No stall provided daily aside from run-ins. Horses are grouped according to feeding needs OR separated to eat.
$850 (individual pasture and run-in/out stall)
*All new boarders must attend Recruit Camp. There is no charge for RC for boarders.
Board includes all daily care and feed, scheduling for vet/farrier, and a weekly scheduled group lesson with KC. We end lessons two weeks before finals, however, we schedule extra lessons and jumping schools before horse shows during the first half of the semester to make up for these weeks “off” of lessons. If prolonged inclement weather you MAY have the option to move with us to a local indoor for a period of time. Extra fees may apply for board at indoor facility.
A very good turnout sheet, blanket, and neck rug are required, with comfortable layers or additional waterproof materials. We recommend Rambo and Rhino blankets.
We feed top quality hay and grain (Purina, Triple Crown, Legends- depending on your horse. We select feed regimen for each individual horse with the help of expert nutritionist from Purina), pick small paddocks weekly, disinfect and scrub waters, pick stalls through the day, and treat horses as we treat our own wether they are busy show horses or family riding horses.
There may be a possibility to put your horse into the lesson program for one lesson/one practice per week with another student for a discount of $150 per month. The need for this may change each semester and discount is not always available.
*We currently do not need additional horses for Fall 2014. Please let me know if you are interested in your horse being used 1-2x week in the future.
Board is due the day your horse arrives, pro-rated to the 1st or 15th of the month. Board contract can be send prior to move in, or on move-in day.
Each boarder will have a large locker for tack and daily equipment. There is space above lockers for a tote (blankets, etc.). There is no space for trunks or additional totes. If you need help with ideas for additional equipment/supplies let me know.
VISITING: If you would like to visit the barn, PLEASE make an appointment with KC. The barn is also our family's home and we try to be prepared for your visit around our family's schedule. It would be helpful to send the material of your riding ability prior to a visit to ensure this is the right program for you to consider.The best way to get in touch is email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook KC Meadows
**All info subject to change**