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National Capitol Equitation League

The National Capital Equitation League (NCEL) is comprised of riding schools throughout Maryland and Virginia, giving riders an option to stay competitive during  winter season.  Our league affiliates include the “National Capitol Short Stirrup - NCSEL" and “National Capitol Junior Equitation - JEL” leagues which provide a natural progression of learning and competitive riding.

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NCEL Team Competition – Horse Times Magazine

Since its inception in 1979 the National Capitol Equitation League (NCEL) and its affiliates, the National Capitol Short Stirrup Equitation League (NCSSEL), and Junior Equitation League (JEL), have been teaching young men and women the values of good horsemanship and good sportsmanship…

United States Hunter Jumper Association

The National Capitol Equitation League (NCEL) is an affiliate of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) which gives us access to additional awards, grants, and opportunities for our members.

NCEL Members who are also USHJA Outreach, USHJA Collegiate, or USHJA Regular Members are eligible for year-end USHJA Affiliate Award.  A USHJA Outreach Membership can be purchased for as little as $35 a year.  Riders are responsible for acquiring the USHJA Membership of their choice and providing proof of USHJA membership to the NCEL Administrator.

You can learn more about the USHJA Affiliate Program at the links below, and sign up for USHJA Affiliate Membership at the United States Hunter Jumper Association website.

About NCEL


“Excellent coaches…excellent horses, well organized league…”

Teams compete at member riding facilities from October through March in a series of round-robin meets patterned after the intercollegiate leagues. Each barn has an indoor riding ring, schooling horses, and recognized judges.  The NCEL league has two affliates, National Capitol Short Stirrup (NCSSEL) and the Junior Equitation League (JEL).  Each league is a stepping stone to the next, but can be joined independently.  League level is based on riding level, and not age.

Our Affiliates 

The National Capitol Equitation League (NCEL) bylaws allow any group that has as its primary purpose the development, promotion, and governance of a series of competitive round-robin meets for the benefit of equestrians to become an affiliate of NCEL.  NCEL’s affiliates are the National Capital Junior Equitation League (JEL) and National Capitol Short Stirrup Equitation League (NCSSEL).
National Capitol Short Stirrup Equitation League
The National Short Stirrup Equestrian League (NCSSEL) provides an opportunity for novice junior riders to enhance their existing riding skills and prepare themselves for growth in the equine competitive sports.
Junior Equitation League
The National Capitol Junior Equestrian League (JEL) provides an opportunity for beginner riders to be a viable part of a team, promote the art of equitation, establish horsemanship skills and a solid foundation to hunter jumper equitation.  Where good sportsmanship and a no stress competition atmosphere is emphasized.

Our Participating Barns

We Provide the Best Experience

Full Moon Farm

Located in beautiful Carroll County, Maryland Full Moon Farm is a family owned and operated full service equine facility convenient to Reisterstown, Westminster, and Ellicott City.

Merkel Farm Equestrian Center

Merkel Farm, a family owned and operated equestrian center run by Stephanie Serenati-Merkel. Merkel Farm is nestled between Bowie State University and the Patuxent Wildlife Preserve in Bowie, MD and is within easy reach from the Washington D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore metro areas.

Oak Crest Farm

Located directly off RT 2/Solomon’s Island Road, Oak Crest Farm is a family oriented business that has been serving clients for over 40 years. Our farm caters to children and adults in a low stress family like atmosphere. We encourage everyone to ride and participate in learning and caring for horses.

Potomac Horse Center

The Potomac Horse Center (PHC), a public facility leased from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), is located on a beautiful, wooded lot in North Potomac, Maryland.

Red Gate Farm

Located in beautiful Bluemont, Virginia, Red Gate Farm provides a friendly and family-oriented atmosphere for you and your horse. We’re just 18.5 miles from Leesburg, 9.5 miles from Purcellville

Tamarack Stables

Tamarack Stables nestled in the rolling hills of Virginia’s historic Mason Neck area. Family-owned, managed by Tim and Cheryl Majewski, located 22 miles south of downtown Washington.

Tranquility Manor Farm

Tranquillity Manor Farms is a family-established equestrian program in Monkton, Maryland, that was started in 1972. We offer a weekly lesson program, boarding, leasing, showing, summer clinics and training year round for both horse and rider.

Molly Hill Farm

Molly Hill (North) is a 50-acre equestrian center, located in Whiteford, Maryland. Molly Hill offers full care board two outdoor riding rings with a lovely indoor riding ring. Molly Hill offers lessons and training with their certified trainer, Karen Zinkhan.

Fox Creek Farm

Fox Creek Farm is a full service boarding and training facility located in Churchville, MD. It is owned and operated by top trainer Laura Leroy.

Fox Creek Farm’s program is based on show hunters and hunt seat equitation. Occasionally, they have horses and pony’s for sale . Their  regular clients mainly live in Maryland and Pennsylvania, but some live as far away as Florida and Ohio.