Horses can teach students many valuable lessons, and participating in a riding program while in school (whether an organized team or a lesson program) can help create well-rounded students. Many students are already proving that they can excel in both the classroom and the riding arena! These opportunities are available right here in Maryland and Washington DC, as many schools provide equestrian teams and/or riding programs. The following is a list of local associations and the middle schools, high schools, and colleges that participate in those leagues. Some of these schools even offer riding programs outside of the competitive teams. If your school has a program and is not listed here, please let us know by emailing

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
The following Maryland area colleges and universities compete as members of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Some schools offer both Hunter Equitation and Western teams. For more information about the IHSA, visit their official website at

American University – Washington, D.C.

Georgetown University – Washington, D.C.

George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

Goucher College – Towson

Hood College – Frederick

John Hopkins University – Baltimore

Mount St. Mary’s University – Emmitsburg

Salisbury University – Salisbury

St. Mary’s College of Maryland – St. Mary’s City

Towson University – Baltimore

University of Maryland – College Park

University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Baltimore

Washington College – Chestertown

Interscholastic Equestrian Association
This association offers Hunt Seat Equitation, Western and Saddle Seat competitions. It is a nationally recognized organization open to middle and high school students. Maryland is part of Zone 3. Teams may be made based out of a school or barn. The list below is only the schools that participate in IEA. For more information, and a complete list of participating barns and schools, visit their website at

Barrie School – Silver Spring

Garrison Forest School – Owings Mills

Glenelg Country School – Ashton

Good Council Equestrian Team- Gaithersburg

Oldfields School – Glencoe

St. Timothy’s School – Stevenson

John Carroll Equestrian Team– Churchville

Wilde Lake Equestrian Team- Marriottsville

Inter-School Horse Show Series
The following schools participated in the Inter-School Horse Show series (ISHS) for the 2014-2015 season. All middle and high school teams are welcome to join. These are Hunter Equitation horse shows that offer classes from walk/trot up through 2’6’’ Medal classes. For more information, visit their website at

Academy of the Holy Cross – Kensington

Alice Deal MS/Wilson High School- Washington, DC

Archbishop Spalding – Severn

Barrie – Silver Spring

Bethesda Chevy Chase – Bethesda

Boonesboro High School – Boonesboro

Butler Montessori School – Germantown

Cedar Brook Academy – Clarksburg

Centennial High School – Ellicott City

Connelly School of the Holy Child – Potomac

Damascus High school- Damascus

Dulaney – Timonium

Georgetown Visitation – Washington, DC

Glenelg HS/Glenwood MS – Glenelg

Holton-Arms – Bethesda

Indian Creek – Crownsville

Julius West Middle School – Rockville

Key School – Annapolis

Kent Island- Stevensville

Linganore – Frederick

Little Flower- Great Mills

Magruder- Rockville

Matapeake- Stevensville

Northwood – Silver Spring

North Bethesda Middle School – Bethesda

Oakdale – Frederick

Our Lady of Good Counsel – Olney

Poolesville High/John Poole Middle School – Poolesville

Quince Orchard – Gaithersburg/

Reservoir- Fulton

River Hill High School – Clarksville

Sandy Springs Friends- Sandy Spring

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School – Potomac

St. Mary’s of Annapolis High School – Annapolis

St. John College High School- Chevy Chase

St.Peters- Waldorf

Sherwood High School – Ashton

Siena- Silver Spring

Sligo- Takoma

Stone Ridge High School – Bethesda

Trinity Middle School – Ellicott City

T.S. Wootton High School – Rockville

Urbana High School – Ijamsville

Walter Johnson High School – Bethesda

Westland Middle School – Bethesda

Wilde Lake High School – Columbia

Winston Churchill- Potomac

Washington International- Washinton, DC

Middle Schools and High Schools with Riding Programs
The following Maryland schools offer equine riding programs outside of competitive teams. Students are not required to participate on a team in order to participate in the program.

Barrie School – Silver Spring

Butler School – Darnestown

Garrison Forest School – Owings Mills

McDonogh School – Owings Mills

Oldfields School – Glencoe

St. Timothy’s School – Stevenson

Maryland Schools with Equine Studies Programs
The following are Maryland colleges and universities that offer Equine Studies as part of their curriculum.

Allegany College of Maryland
Offers online continuing education classes. Students earn a certificate but not a degree.

Cecil County College
Offers certificates in Equine Studies and Equine Studies Management as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Prince George’s Community College
Offers online and continuing education classes. Students earn a certificate but not a degree.

University of Maryland

Offers Equine Studies & Animal Science degrees.

Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is just one campus of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Offers various degrees in Equine Studies and Animal Science as well as degrees and doctorates in Veterinary Medicine.