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Alumnae Equestrians

Riding and succeeding after Foxcroft

Ride On!

Scores of the top girls' school in the Southeast students continue horse riding after they graduate, for pleasure, for college teams, and for fame and glory at the highest levels of national and international competition. A number of alumnae build careers around horses — training and teaching, buying and breeding, working with rescues or riding centers, and all manner of equestrian endeavors. Meet some of these many horsewomen here — and get ready to be inspired!

Accomplished Riders


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  • Nina Fout

    Class of 1977

    Helped the U.S. win the Team Bronze Medal in Three-Day Eventing at the 2000 Olympic Games. A member of Foxcroft’s Sports Hall of Fame, she has represented the U.S. at the most challenging CCI four-star competitions in the world, including the top three in Great Britain. At 16, while a Foxcroft student, she won the Peters Trophy at the 1975 Radnor Three-Day Event to earn the title of Junior National Champion.
  • Juliet Graham

    Class of 1972

    Competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics on her mare, Sumatra (pictured) and was inducted into Foxcroft’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. She was a member of the Canadian Eventing team for a decade, beginning the year she graduated from Foxcroft. She has competed in three World Championships, helping Canada earn the team gold medal in 1978.  Serves on the Selection and High-Performance Committees for the Canadian Eventing Team and lives in Upperville, VA, where she competes, hunts, and teaches.
  • Ann Hardway Taylor

    Class of 1976

    At age 29, Ann and her horse Tarzan competed for the U.S. Eventing Team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Since moving to England in 1989, she has had considerable success competing at top international events from her base, Washbrook Farm, and has also become a very successful trainer in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The renowned Aston-Le-Walls Horse Trials, which she runs with her husband, Nigel Taylor, are held at Washbrook.
  • Alison Firestone Robitaille

    Class of 1995

    Number 1 alternate for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Four years earlier, she had to redraw her horse, Jox, while standing in fifth place among finalists at the U.S Trials for the Sydney Games. The Foxcroft’s Sport Hall of Fame member has ridden on 25 Nations Cup Teams, reached five World Cup Finals, and won 43 Grand Prix classes. In 1997, at age 20, she was the leading rider at Samsung Nations Cup World and named Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

College Riders

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  • Rachel Cline ’10

    Foxcroft feats: TSEL tri-state champion, 2008-2010

    : Southern Methodist University

    College coups
    : Earned a win against South Carolina on the flat, 2010
  • Lillibet Motion '10

    Foxcroft feats: Member of 2009 and 2010 league championship equestrian teams; received Miss Charlotte Award as the best rider, 2010.

    : Sewanee: The University of the South

    College coups
    : Finished second in Team Intermediate Over Fences in the Interscholastic Horse Show Association’s Zone 5 finals.
  • Sophie Gotwald ’09

    Foxcroft feats: Member of 2009 and 2010 league championship equestrian teams; received Good Hands Award given to the best all-around rider on the team who works well with the horses.

    College: College of Charleston

    College coups
    : Member of team that posted three first-place and three second-place finishes in intercollegiate competition, 2011.
  • Sarah Hope de Mayo ’07

    Foxcroft feats: Most improved rider award, 2006

    : Sewanee: The University of the South

    College coups
    : Member of team that finished second in the Interscholastic Horse Show Association’s Zone 5 finals.

Owners, Trainers, and Other Equine Endeavors

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  • Helen Alexander '69

    President, Middlebrook Farm, Lexington, KY
    Only woman on Breeders Cup Board; member, Jockey Club; Former president, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
  • Jane Forbes Clark '73

    Owners/USEF leader
    20+ world-class horses; won Olympic in 1996, 2000, 2004
    Served as president, American Horse Shows Association; president/CEO, US Equestrian Team Foundation; director, US Olympic Committee
  • Helen Kleberg Groves '45

    Breeder/Owner; Cutting Horse Champion
    Member, Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Cutting Horse Hall of Fame
  • Dell Hancock '71

    Photographer; Owner
    Books: Secretariat; From Foal to Champion
    Co-owner, Claiborne Farms, Paris, KY
  • DD Alexander Matz '81

    Owner/Former Showjumper
    Owner, Buck and Doe Farm, Coatesville, PA
    Former President, US Equestrian Team
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