A Southern Country Club of Higher Learning

By Jackie Dwelle

Lamp and Shield 1970 Year Book
Lamp and Shield 1970 Year Book

Big dreams…that has always been a theme at St. Andrews Equestrian. Dream big and see how far you can run with it.

The first barn on campus was located near the traffic circle and was very small with 3 stalls and no turn out. Today there is no evidence left of that barn. First hand recollections from that time recall problems with traffic and horses and one incident where a horse collided with a car causing injuries to its leg. The students rallied around and nursed the horse back to health.

Country Club Education?

The 1970 Lamp and Shield reported that this incident motivated the riding club to commandeer the old barn behind the then Development Office. The riding club fixed the barn up and put up fences to create paddocks. The environment was a concern and so trees were left to create a savannah type environment.

Fencing for the Barn in the 1970s
Fencing for the Barn in the 1970s

The year book also reports that the club dreamed big. These plans included ”…more horses, larger grazing fields, stable hands, jockeys, grandstands, race track, casino and the Laurinburg Derby. Off-season the club will devote itself to fox hunting, Beagle-breeding and imported Canadian Red foxes are foreseen as the end result for our southern country club of higher learning.”

An early barn at St. Andrews Equestrian Center
An early barn at St. Andrews Equestrian Center

At that time the club could not have imagined how the program would have evolved. Their dreams of a southern country club of higher learning have not materialized as such, but what has evolved has proven to meet the needs of a modern equine industry that focuses on equine welfare, fair and equitable competition, and probably most importantly the positive impact horses can have on people of all ages and backgrounds.

The old barn became a maintenance shed
The old barn became a maintenance shed

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