Horse Riding

We provide children with a unique opportunity to ride as part of their timetable, with lessons organised at lunchtime, during Senior and Junior Games and on Saturday mornings.

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Delivered by highly experienced and qualified instructors, riding is available for pupils of all levels from complete beginners to experienced competitors. We cater for the fun rider wishing to ride purely for pleasure and pupils wishing to take equine study further through the Pony Club exams and our own Progressive Riding Tests.

Horse riding encourages our children to explore their personal boundaries, to concentrate and make decisions, develop empathy and learn that actions have consequences – whilst bonding with magnificent animals and gaining a real sense of achievement.

We work on flatwork, establishing the pupil’s position with and without stirrups and reins. Once they are confident they can then progress to jumping, cross-country riding, hacking around 90 acres of woodlands, playing polo and polocrosse. There is also the opportunity to compete in school competitions. Dressage, dressage to music, show jumping, combined training and gymkhanas are organised throughout the year.

We have a variety of horses and ponies of different heights, ages and abilities. All the ponies belong to individual pupils and are kept at our on-site Equestrian Centre on working livery contracts. Pupils may bring their own horses/ponies for lessons and may use a stable for the day (providing that the yard is not full) at no extra charge. Stables should be booked in advance. All horses and ponies are assessed for suitability to encourage safe learning and to ensure both children and ponies progress in their learning.