Equestrian Center

Liberty Mountain Equestrian Center is a USHJA Recognized Riding Academy that expands across a 380-acre property on Liberty Mountain. Open to Liberty University students, faculty, and staff, the Equestrian Center is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Virginia, featuring indoor and outdoor riding arenas as well as three barns with 78 horse stalls. Even if you don’t ride, you can always stop by and see the horses—take a study break and enjoy all that Liberty University has to offer at the Equestrian Center!


OUR PROGRAMS
OUR FACILITY
FAQs

Trail Rides

Guided trail rides are available for Liberty students, faculty, and staff by appointment.

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Riding Lessons

Additionally, riding lessons for all levels are available at a low cost.

Learn About Riding Lessons

Horse Boarding

Bring your horse to school and get full-care boarding at the Liberty Mountain Equestrian Center.

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Main Barn

This barn houses the main offices for the Liberty Mountain Equestrian Center, horses for the Liberty programs, and includes:

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Indoor Riding Arena

The Indoor Riding Arena is 120’ x 300’, as large as any collegiate indoor in Virginia, and features the following:

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Outdoor Riding Arena

The Outdoor Riding Arena is 120’ x 300’ and features the following:

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Boarder’s Barn

This barn is available for boarding of student horses and includes:

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Liberty Barn

This barn is the home to Liberty University horses and includes:

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What are the open hours of the Equestrian Center?

  • The Equestrian Center is open to visitors from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Saturday. The horses that reside on the property very much enjoy seeing visitors and guests, and we welcome both the Liberty and local communities to visit us during these hours only. We ask that all visitors be mindful of the speed limit and be respectful of the daily operations. If you are planning to visit in a group larger than 10 individuals, we ask that you call us in advance to let us know.

Can I ride the horses? If so, when?

  • All riding at the Equestrian Center is scheduled in advance and by appointment only.  Riding is available for current residential students, faculty, and staff of Liberty University. More information on our riding programs can be found here.

Can I feed the horses?

  • No, feeding the horses is not allowed. The Equestrian Center is home to a variety of horses consisting of all shapes and sizes. Quite a few of the horses do not belong to Liberty University and may have dietary restrictions. We ask that all visitors do not feed any of the horses out of caution and respect to the horse and its owner.

How do I sign up for a trail ride or riding lesson?

  • To sign up for a trail ride or lesson, individuals must be a residential student or a faculty/staff member of Liberty University. Please inquire at equestriancenter@liberty.edu to receive more information on availability and/or pricing.

What should I wear at the Equestrian Center?

  • Students are encouraged to always wear closed-toed shoes when visiting the Equestrian Center. If individuals are participating in a trail ride, lesson. or enrolled in a PHED class they are required to wear appropriate riding attire. Appropriate riding attire includes closed-toed shoes with a discernible heel, riding pants or jeans with no rips, and a fitted top.

What styles of riding are available at the Equestrian Center?

  • The Equestrian Center Instructional Staff specializes in Hunt Seat and Western riding with a focus on pursuing the highest quality level of horsemanship amongst participants. The Equestrian Center is home to the Liberty University Club Sports Equestrian Team; the Equestrian Team trains and competes in Equitation on the Flat, Equitation over Fences, Horsemanship, and Reining. Individuals participating in trail rides at the Equestrian Center will ride in a Western saddle. Individuals participating in either Hunt Seat or Western lessons will ride in the corresponding tack and style.