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Patty Graham-Thiers
Associate provost, director of equine studies program and professor of equine studies. Graham-Thiers has developed and expanded curriculum during her tenure. She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master’s in equine nutrition from the University of Florida and a doctorate in equine nutrition and exercise physiology from Virginia Tech. She has presented research at national and international meetings, and she has published in many peer-reviewed journals. She served on the subcommittee on horse nutrition through the National Academy of Sciences that developed the 6th revised edition of Nutrient Requirements of Horses, published in 2007.

Lisa Moosmueller-Terry
Director of the equestrian center, assistant professor of equine studies and head riding coach. Moosmueller-Terry previously coached IDA and eventing teams and led the IDA teams to national championships in 2006, 2007 and 2010. In her youth in Long Island, N.Y., she competed in equitation and jumpers, worked with racehorses and went on to compete on VI’s IHSA team. A 1992 graduate of Virginia Intermont, she returned more than a decade ago to teach and has completed the development of the dressage and combined training programs of the college. She also was instrumental in developing the equine-assisted growth and development minor. She has been inducted into the IDA Hall of Fame. Among the first members of the IDA’s Board of Directors, she is vice president and regional representative of the IDA, an American Riding Instructor Level III certified instructor in hunt seat and dressage, and a Level I EAGAD instructor.


Heather McCloud
An equine studies instructor, McCloud is originally from the New Orleans, La., area. She competed extensively as a junior in both the hunter and jumper ring and ended her junior career by qualifying for and competing in the 1996 Prix des States for Zone 7. Heather rode with and trained under Lyn Owens and Jimmy Cantwell before earning a B.A. in equine studies at VI. After graduating, she moved to the Atlanta area to work for Kat Mulkey. Her duties included teaching, taking clients to horse shows and breaking and training show hunters. While there, Heather rode with Ann Kenan of Hunter Hill Farm.