Virginia Horse Center Looks Forward to Hollins Spring Welcome March 2-5, 2017

Lexington, Va. – Feb. 16, 2017 – The Hollins Spring Welcome is returning to the Virginia Horse Center again in 2017 and will feature a variety of hunter, jumper, and equitation classes. Held from March 2-5, the Spring Welcome is a “National/A” rated show and will have USEF 1* Jumper classes as well as USHJA Outreach classes. In addition, The Hollins Spring Welcome is a qualifying event for the Virginia Hunter Championships held in August.


Class highlights at this year’s event include the $1500 WIHS/NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, the $1000 Hollins Junior Hunter Classic, the $1000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake and the $1000 Hollins Amateur Owner Hunter Classic.



The Hollins Spring Welcome is a representation of the deep passion for equestrian sports at Hollins University. Hollins, located in nearby Roanoke, Va. has had a competitive equestrian program since the 1930’s. In the past thirty years, Hollins students have won 18 national individual championships and four have gone on to win the coveted Cacchione Cup. As a team, Hollins has won the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Team Honors twice. Hollins was thrilled to welcome Claudia Roland as their new Head Riding Coach in January of 2017.  Roland comes to Hollins from Palm Beach, Florida, and brings more than three decades of hands-on experience as a horse trainer, riding instructor, national and international judge, and program director.

Hollins riders routinely participate in regional Virginia horse shows, which is why the University is pleased provide the local equestrian community with the opportunity to show at the Virginia Horse Center during the month of March.


Hollins University Riding Director, Nancy Peterson, is enthusiastic about the opportunities that the show provides for the local community, the school and the students.


“This show provides a number of opportunities for Hollins,” Peterson said. “It brings in revenue for our programs and it promotes our school and the riding program. It’s such an honor to be able to be a sponsor of a show at the Virginia Horse Center, as we have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with them. It’s a wonderful facility and our students look forward to showing here every year.”


During the week of the Spring Classic, Hollin’s students will act as “hostesses”; helping exhibitors to unload their horses and equipment.


“It’s great for our students, they get to learn a lot and the exhibitors look forward to coming in and seeing their smiling helpful faces,” said Peterson.

For more information, including a prize list  and entry deadlines for the Spring Welcome, please click here.

To learn more about the Virginia Horse Center and their schedule of events, please click here.