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Elizabeth "Keedie" Grones Leonard
Year: 1976
Team: Riding
Induction Class: 2017

A talented rider during her time as a student at Sweet Briar and a dedicated member of the College's riding program staff for approximately 20 years after graduation, Keedie Leonard has demonstrated extraordinary service to Sweet Briar College.

Leonard was a member of the Varsity Riding team all four years at Sweet Briar, member of the Riding Council and the Athletic Association. She was also a trail guide and qualified teaching assistant for Paul D. Cronin, Director of the Riding Program.

Upon graduation, Leonard became stable manager at the Harriet Rogers Riding Center at Sweet Briar, caring for the horses and organizing and managing riding competitions such as VHSA Horse Shows, IHSA Competitions, National ANRC Championships, Regional IHSA Championships, annual Hunter Trials, and the annual Hunter Pace Event. Throughout her time at Sweet Briar, Leonard was known for her positivity and her leadership as a student and a vital member of the riding program staff.

After Sweet Briar, Leonard operated and managed top equestrian events at the Virginia Horse Center and the Keswick Annual Horse Show. She is still a highly sought after horse show manager, known for her warm, professional demeanor.

Keedie is being inducted into the Hall of Fame for her extraordinary service to Sweet Briar, its students, and the riding program.