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Sweet Briar riding program teams up with Lynchburg College

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AMHERST (WSLS10) -Prospective students for Lynchburg College and Sweet Briar College who are interested in the schools' equestrian program got a chance to visit the riding center Friday in Amherst county.

Sweet Briar, which is historically known for its riding program is teaming up with Lynchburg Colleges start up team. While they will remain separate team , instruction for both schools will happen at Sweet Briar Campus stables.

Sweet Briar's long time championship riding instructor Mimi Wroten will be the executive director of both programs.Wroten says the merger will not only help Lynchburg build their program, but will help build revenue to for sweet briar which had financial troubles for several years.

"It will help in terms of keeping the resources that we have here together," Wroten said. "So in terms of being able to provide the instructional staff as well as our horses who are main teachers together as well a job and role, it's a great thing" Wroten said.

Taylor Patterson is a rising senior at Sweet Briar.

"I'm so excited to back for my senior year and know that I will walk across that stage as a Sweet Briar graduate," Patterson said.

She says the riding program has made a huge impact on her during her three-year tenure as a Vixen. She says she is looking forward to working with Lynchburg students.

"I think it's a great opportunity for the Lynchburg students to be able to ride in or gorgeous and wonderful facility that we have here."

So far 90 students are enrolled in the equestrian program. Wroten said that on average in years past, around 120 students were enrolled. Considering the past year Sweet Birar has had, she says the turnout is excellent.

Wroten says she is confident about the programs future.


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