On July 2, 2018, Randolph College President Bradley Bateman announced that the board of trustees voted to close the Randolph College Riding Center in Lynchburg. A fundraising effort to save the center failed to raise the $7.1 million needed.
The riding center, which sits on 100 donated acres and houses 40 horses, 26 of which are school horses, on average required $350,000 a year to operate.
Bateman said that declining interest in the riding program was also a factor in the decision. This year’s team had 25 riders, including four who rode at the IHSA National Finals this year.
The riding program will officially close in July 2019. The school will continue to offer the equine studies minor. New homes will be found for the 26 school horses next summer, Bateman said.