Riders Who Are Going Places

Choose one of the following one-week camps for advanced riders who are rising 9th-12th-grade girls:

Sunday, July 19 – Saturday, July 25, 2015
Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 1, 2015

This camp for advanced riders offers the opportunity to learn more about hunter/jumper riding, barn management, and the care of horses from experienced college instructors. You’ll also gain knowledge and self-confidence throughout the week. Participants enjoy the outstanding equestrian amenities used by Hollins’ nationally known and award-winning riding team, and they take field trips to off-site locations such as a local breeding farm and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. The week concludes with a Saturday morning showcase and picnic farewell for parents and family members.

$1,000 (Residential only)
  • Campers who register and pay the nonrefundable $200 deposit by March 1 receive a 20% discount.
  • Campers who register and pay the deposit by May 1 receive a 10% discount.
  • All payments are due in full by June 15, or your registration will be canceled and your deposit will not be refunded.
  • Students are welcome to register to attend both weeks of this Hollinsummer program, and program administrators will arrange for additional housing, activities, and meals for the weekend between at the additional cost of $100.00.  Please be aware, however, that program content during the second week will mirror content during the first week. Program directors are happy to help students attending both weeks choose activities that will allow them to continue to grow during the second Hollinsummer week.


Nancy Peterson

Nancy Peterson, Director of Riding

  • B.A., Roanoke College
  • Has worked at Hollins since 1972
  • Inducted into the following halls of fame: Virginia Horse Show Association (2012), Virginia Horse Center (2008), Roanoke Valley Horse Show (2001), Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association
  • IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)
  • ODAC Coach of the Year (five times)
  • Horseperson of the Year (2004) VHSA
  • Guy Burkholder Memorial Sportsmanship Award (2006)
  • Susan Hagan Award (2004)
  • Andrew M. Montgomery Award (1998)
  • Hunter coordinator, Roanoke Valley Horse Show
  • Board of directors, Virginia Horse Center
  • Horseperson of the Year (1995), Virginia Horse Council
  • Past president, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association
  • Board of directors, Virginia Horse Show Association
  • Past president, Roanoke Valley Horsemen’s Association
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Hollins University (2011)

Sandy Gerald

L. M. “Sandy” Gerald, Head Coach

  • B.S., Louisiana State University
  • Respected course designer and USEF “R” judge
  • Horse Show Association’s Susan H. Hagan Memorial Trophy
  • Seven-time ODAC Coach of the Year
  • Inducted into the Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association Hall of Fame (2006)
  • VHSA Horseman of the Year (2006, 1992)
  • President, VHSA
  • Board of directors, VHSA
  • Andrew Montgomery Award (1987)
  • President, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association
  • President, IHSA Zone 4, Region 2

Liz Courter

Liz Courter, Associate Head Coach

  • A.A., Southern Seminary
  • Riding instructor at Hollins since 1982
  • Guy Burkholder Memorial Sportsmanship Award (2007)
  • ODAC Coach of the Year (three times)
  • Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association board of directors

Elise Roschen

Elise Roschen, Stable Manager, Assistant Director of Riding

  • A.A., Southern Seminary
  • Riding instructor at Hollins since 1986
  • Consultant and advisor to many barns in Virginia
  • Successful breeder of hunters, including the 2013 Four Year Old Champion of the International Hunter Futurity
  • IHSA National Championship Horse Show Sportsmanship Award (2007)