Paddocks and Pastures
The Held Equestrian Center is situated on 340 acres of lush countryside on the southernmost edge of the Albion College campus. The grounds feature 37 paddocks for turnout and manicured trails for students to ride on.
Each horse's individual paddock spans a half an acre.
British Horse Society
The Nancy G. Held Center gained approval as a British Horse Society riding establishment in July of 2007. Certification as an official British Horse Society training center was earned in December of 2009.
As such, Albion College is able to offer its students a unique educational opportunity: students enrolled in this program will be able to earn their Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from Albion while training and studying for their British Horse Society examinations, allowing them to gain BHS Assistant Instructor status (International Level I) while earning their undergraduate degree.
Additionally, riders, instructors, and trainers
who wish to expand their hands-on training in
the equine field may apply to train full-time for
their British Horse Society certification at the Held Center.
The Web Site of the British Horse Society (UK)
Frequently Asked Questions about the Program
Program Application 2010
We will continue to update this page as more elements of this exciting new program are put into place in the coming year. Should you have questions concerning the program or want more information, please contact us.
European-Style Horse Walkers
Two European-style horse walkers allow horses stabled at the Held Equestrian Center to be exercised daily, even in the event of inclement weather or during school breaks.
The walkers can be programmed for individualized workouts at the walk, trot, and canter.
Three arenas currently serve the Held Equestrian Center: the 100' x 400' Randi C. Heathman Indoor Arena with two heated viewing areas, and a 100' x 200' outdoor all-weather sand arena.
In addition, a 250' x 300' grass jumping arena greets visitors as they proceed up the Held Center driveway.