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A riding class on a jaunt through the woods

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A riding class on a jaunt through the woods

Subject

Massanutten Academy (Woodstock Va)

Description

Little was recorded about horse-back riding at Massanutten Academy in 1940. Apparently most of it was done at Camp Lupton, the academy’s recreation center and maneuver grounds along the Shenandoah River east of town.

In addition to camping facilities, large lodges, and ample swimming, the grounds offered equestrian trails that the cadets used on a regular basis. Riding classes were also offered and numerous students took advantage of the opportunity to become successful horseman.

In conjunction with the school’s R.O.T.C. program, much of this was done to prepare students to use the horse in armed conflict, something that seems obsolete when compared to the mechanized state of warfare at the time.

Camp Lupton would continue to serve as Massanutten Academy’s outdoor facility until late in the 20th century when the camp was closed. In 2013 it was donated to the Commonwealth of Virginia and is slated to become a state park.

Creator

Massanutten Academy

Source

Truban Archives: Yearbook Collection

Publisher

Shenandoah County Library

Date

1940

Citation

Massanutten Academy, “A riding class on a jaunt through the woods,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed April 25, 2019, http://archives.countylib.org/items/show/5935.

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