How We're Different
At Albion College, we offer the best way to combine college and horses. Our program is designed for you to pursue a traditional degree while continuing your riding. Whether you are a beginning rider or an aspiring trainer, you’ll find a place within our equestrian family.
We offer three intercollegiate teams (hunt seat, stock seat, and dressage), and competitive events in hunters, jumpers, western, and dressage.
You have access to affordable boarding options, and there is no obligation to use your horse in the program -- we have college horses!
Any Albion student or community member is welcome to take riding lessons at the Held Equestrian Center. Group and private lessons are available for beginners through the most advanced in a variety of disciplines.
Members of Albion's equestrian teams are required to take two lessons per week with our instructors. Group lessons are emphasized for team members so they may ride different horses during the course of their lessons.
Riding lesson schedules are set at the beginning of each semester, and it is configured around the students' schedules when they are available. Every effort is made to grant the type of lessons and instructors that they request.
Our school horses are all types, but are mostly Thoroughbreds, warmbloods, and Thoroughbred crosses. Most come to us with prior competition experience and are capable of doing basic dressage work on the flat and some jumping, though some specialize in one particular area, including FEI dressage schoolmasters and horses capable of jumping at the 4' level, and horses trained specifically in western riding. All of our school horses have been generously donated to our program.
Current Albion College students may choose to take an academic 1/4 unit class in English or Western riding (Group or Private lesson sections offered). Please see the current academic class schedule on the Registrar's website for the course fee associated with each section. Students registered for this class pay a one-time course fee for the semester rather than being billed per lesson. Course credit riders are required to take two lessons per week, and if they are an equestrian team member these two lessons can also count as their team lessons.
|1 hr Group Lesson
|1/2 hr Private Lesson||$45|
|1/2 hr Semi-Private Lesson
|1 hour Semi-Private Lesson
|1 hr Private Lesson||$80|
In addition to intercollegiate competition, many of the College's students compete regularly at USDF, USEA, USEF, USHJA, and other recognized breed and association shows, as well as at schooling shows on campus and in the surrounding region. Travel, coaching, and other services are available.
Additionally, Albion's Held Equestrian Center is an outstanding venue for horse shows and other related events. The city of Albion has close proximity to I-94 and is just 15 miles from I-69, making it easily accessible for travelers. Our professional staff has many years of experience in organizing and hosting horse shows.