Launch Equestrian

Henderson-2830Virginia (Ginger) Henderson,
Professor and Chair of the Equestrian Department

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 434-791-5642
Office: Danville Hall 101


Master of Education, Agency Counseling, Lynchburg College

Postgraduate courses in Counseling, Longwood College

Bachelor of Science, Human Resource Development, Averett College

Associate of Applied Science, Horse Management and Production, Ohio State University

Certified as an ARIA level III dressage and level I eventing instructor

Certified as both a mental health and equine specialist through EAGALA, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Coach of the Intercollegiate Dressage Team

Currently serves on the IDA national board of directors and holds the position of regional representative for Region I

Elizaveta Anikeeva
Equestrian Intern

email: [email protected]
phone: 434-334-3146
office: Equestrian Center


Casey Brannon
Assistant Barn Manager

email: [email protected]
phone: 276-340-0748
officeL Equestrian Center



Kristen Kelley
Equestrian Studies Center Associate Director

email: [email protected]
phone: 804-822-6499
office: Equestrian Center


Dr. Elise Lavie
Adjunct Professor





Dr. Nick Lavie
Adjunct Professor

email: [email protected]



Shannon Stone
Equestrian Studies Center Director

email: [email protected]
phone: 919-323-6035
office: Equestrian Center


wallaceDr. Mark A. Wallace,
Adjunct Professor

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Mark Wallace teaches courses in Lameness and Disease, and Nutrition, and is the faculty sponsor of the Pre-Vet Club. Dr. Wallace completed his veterinary degree at the University of Prince Edward Island and in 1997 he became board certified in large animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Wallace has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals relating to various aspects of large animal medicine.  His special veterinary interests include equine lameness, colic and neurologic conditions, but he practices and enjoys all areas of equine medicine.

Dr. Wallace performs consultation work for a number of pharmaceutical companies and has participated in clinical trials for a variety of new equine drugs that are currently on the market. He also finds the time to speak at a number of meetings including the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association annual convention.  Mark and his wife Samantha live in Reidsville, NC where they have several horses including a new foal they bred, “Grand Tourino”.