Liberty University Equestrian Center

Suzanne Flaig

Associate Director / Associate Head Coach

Suzanne Flaig has been involved with collegiate riding for over 20 years.  First, as a student at Miami University of Ohio riding for their IHSA Team, she competed in multiple disciplines and earned an individual National Championship in Equitation in in 1991.  After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts, she began her collegiate coaching career at Pennsylvania State University.  She eventually came her back to her alma mater as an Assistant Hunt Seat Coach and then on to Oklahoma State University where she coached for thirteen years.  During her time at Oklahoma State, she experienced the structure of both the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association as well as the emergence of varsity programs and the National Collegiate Equestrian Association of today.  She served on multiple committees within the NCEA and was a proponent of Invitational events for college riders. 

She currently serves as the Associate Director of Equestrian Programs for Liberty University.  She lives in Evington, Virginia with her husband Michael and their two children.


Madeline Shrode

Western Coach
Madeline Shrode

Madeline is a 2018 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin. During her time at Martin she competed on the NCEA Division 1 Equestrian Team, earning All-Conference in reining in 2016 and 2018, as well as honorable mention All-American in 2018. Serving as the Western Team Captain she led the Western squad to their first National Championship appearance in two years. In her collegiate career she tallied up multiple Most Valuable Player Awards in both the horsemanship and reining disciplines.

Madeline is now serving as the Western Coach, and lives in Lynchburg, Virginia with her husband Carson.

Kimberly Counts

Barn Staff

Kimi Counts is a 2016 graduate of University of Mary Washington, where she was a Team Captain and twice Regional Cacchione Cup Champion.  Kimi is a Lynchburg native and moved back to town after graduation.  Her responsibilities include assiting with the hunter equestrian team, schooling hunter horses, supervising student barn worker crews.

Kaleigh Bryce

Graduate Student Assistant
Kaleigh Bryce

Kaleigh is a recent graduate of Liberty University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Psychology. She is continuing her education with Liberty by pursuing a Master’s degree in School Counseling. Kaleigh is originally from Providence, Rhode Island, although at a young age she and her family moved to Upstate New York where she grew up in West Winfield. She first began riding horses at the age of 5. As an AQHA competitor Kaleigh showed in both the western and hunt seat disciplines for many years. She then became a member of Liberty’s IHSA equestrian team as an undergraduate student. She is currently serving as the graduate assistant for Liberty University equestrian programs.