Any JMU student interested in horses is encouraged to join the Equestrian Club. We are a medium-sized club that allows friendships to develop through meetings, social activities, and a common love for horses. Many lifelong friends and memories have been made through our club. Club members looking to ride while at school can take group lessons with fellow JMU students at Jason Berry Stables (JBS). We have a variety of school horses stabled at JBS that allows for productive instruction for a wide variety of abilities. For those interested in competing, we have a team that competes against a number of colleges in the region through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). The mission of the association is to provide college students with the opportunity to participate in equestrian competition regardless of financial status, gender or riding level. The IHSA emphasizes learning and sportsmanship and fosters teamwork. The format of IHSA shows is quite different from a typical horse show- riders randomly select one of the host college's hoses to ride shortly before their class begins. Eliminating the typical expenses of owning and transporting horses makes competing more affordable for college students. This format of competition tests a rider's ability to ride and adjust to a variety of types of horses effectively while showcasing their equitation. Experience is not needed to join the club, take lessons, or join the IHSA team.
Briana Stone was hired in 2015 to coach JMU riders and lead the the IHSA team. She has worked with horses her entire life. After growing up riding and developing her horsemanship, she graduated from Virginia Intermont College with a degree in Equine Studies, where she also found success with the IHSA team. After college, she gained experience working and riding for various well-known hunter/jumper professionals throughout the country. Now, she is eager to help the JMU riders continue to expand their knowledge.