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Fountain Valley School’s Malia Sherer ’24 Commits to the LIU Women’s Equestrian Team

After securing a remarkable high school record in English Riding throughout her four years at Fountain Valley School (FVS) in Colorado Springs, Colo., Malia S. ’24, a young and accomplished rider, has committed to joining the Division 1 Equestrian Team at Long Island University (LIU).

Since age seven, Malia has displayed a remarkable passion and dedication toward equestrian with competitiveness running deep in her family genes, as her father was a D1 snow skier and her mother a nationally-ranked snowboarder. This competitive disposition, along with a strong support system among not only immediate family but also Malia’s Aunt Sue, who played a pivotal role in helping her acquire two horses, has been invaluable.

In addition to her exceptional riding skills, Malia–who refuses to wear matching riding socks based on the belief that they will bring bad luck–is known for her strong work ethic, often spending countless hours with her trainers at the FVS barn when not working hard in the classroom. The payoff: she has excelled in Hunt Seat competition and equitation classes, and recently found time to shift her focus to show jumping as well. She relishes the challenge of bringing new skills to the show ring. “I love the competitive aspect of riding because it truly does take hard work to win,” said Malia, whose accomplishments include:

  • Two-time Acceptance into the EAP Regional Session (Emerging Athletes Program through USHJA)
  • Colorado Hunter Jumper Association (CHJA) Medal Finalist 2021-23 and Reserve Champion in the CHJA Junior Medal
  • Assistant Coach for FVS Pony Camps and a Working Student at FVS for the Riding Program
  • Qualification for IEA Zone 8 Finals for four consecutive years, including a 2nd place finish in Arizona.

What sets her apart is Malia’s ability to balance her equestrian pursuits with academic achievements. As she continues to college, she hopes to set and achieve yet more goals in both areas, maintaining consistency in her practice and regular academic studies. Ultimately, Malia aims to make a name for herself in the horse world and to become a top-level trainer. “I love the connection you build with the horse you are working with. They may be only a small part of your life but you are their whole world,” she said.
I love the connection you build with the horse you are working with. They may be only a small part of your life but you are their whole world.”
—Malia S. ’24

Malia will look towards an exceptional college program to provide her with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve this ambition. Though she garnered offers from multiple schools, her decision to join LIU was motivated by an admiration for the coaches and the institution's AACSB-accredited School of Business, renowned as a gold standard in business education. The campus's proximity to Long Island beaches and New York City further sweetened the deal. One thing’s for sure: Malia's future in the world of equestrian is no doubt bright, and her journey at LIU promises to be an exciting and inspiring chapter.




Founded in 1930, Fountain Valley School of Colorado is a boarding and day school for grades 9-12. Situated on 1,100 acres of rolling prairie in Colorado Springs, the School provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious and compassionate. Enrollment is approximately 240 students from 23 countries, 21 states and the Pikes Peak Region. www.fvs.edu

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Malia’s parents Cris & Margie Sherer pose in FVS’ Julie & Spencer Penrose Athletic Center after Malia’s offical signing.


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