Equestrians at Boarding School

<p>Does anyone here ride horses at boarding school?
Did anyone here bring their own horse?</p>

<p>I horseback ride and have my own horse, and I'd like to bring him with me to a boarding school that has riding as a sport. I think Kent offers riding and allows you to bring your horse, but I don't know of many other places except for Andrews Osborne, but I'm not really interested in going to AO.</p>

<p>any input would be much appreciated :)</p>

<p>There are a number of schools with riding if you go to Boarding School Review you can put equestrian sports into the search box. </p>

<p>Are you a boy or girl, and what discipline are you interested in pursuing?</p>

<p>Thanks for responding!</p>

<p>My horse and I have shown as hunter/jumpers, but we're starting to get into dressage and I'd like to try him in cross country.
I'm applying for fall 2011 as a junior and by that time we should have trained enough to try three-day eventing.</p>

<p>Do/did you ride at boarding school?</p>

<p>Thacher. Top ten school. The horse program is the only one of its kind. Incomparable experience. Check it out. The</a> Thacher School ~ The Horse Program</p>

<p>This thread from last year is worth reading:</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-admissions/503991-riding-schools.html?highlight=equestrian%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-admissions/503991-riding-schools.html?highlight=equestrian&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>In general, all-girls schools are more likely to have equestrian programs.</p>

<p>ThacherParent: that sounds like a great school, just too far away. I'm looking more at NE schools.</p>

<p>Periwinkle: Thanks for pointing me to that thread. I didn't know Taft has a riding program. </p>

<p>See, this is tricky because I don't want to go to an all-horse school. Like I do other sports such as crew and golf, so I'm looking for more like an all around school. I think my best bet right now is Kent.</p>

<p>Does anyone here have experience boarding a horse at a BS?</p>

<p>If you're looking for horse/crew/golf, it really does seem like Kent would have everything you're looking for. I don't know much about horses, but their crew program is known as being among the very best.</p>

<p>(You'll also get a great education there. :) )</p>

<p>neatoburrito: (first off, i love your username). Thanks for confirming what I was thinking. I think I'll try to locate a thread about Kent on this site to learn more about the school, other than the website. I already requested info from the school (but their viewbook isn't available yet)</p>

<p>i heard that hawaii preparatory academy has a pretty good Equestrian program you should check it out. Upper</a> School Athletics | Hawaii Preparatory Academy</p>

<p>haha thanks! it'd be awesome to go to school in hawaii, but i'm just looking for schools in the new england area. i dont think my parents will let me go away much farther than NE :D</p>

<p>I am a rider, but I am not going to a riding school. All schools will be willing to give you an opportunity to ride if you stable your horse at a nearby barn. I know Exeter and Hotckiss both have programs for riders</p>

<p>cutiedida: YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!!! I fell in love with Hotchkiss the moment I saw it, but it didn't have riding.
Could you expand more on this? Hotchkiss does not have a team, but are you saying that if I stabled my horse at a nearby barn they'd let me ride? I'd love more info!</p>

<p>If you want equestrian opportunities at BS, at any level, with or without your own horse, as a beginner or expert, as someone who just wants the opportunity to try it for one rotation as an after-school activity or someone who wants it year-round, competitively...you should consider Asheville School along with the other schools:</p>

<p>Asheville</a> School: Students Equestrian</p>

<p>Most folks here on CC think all great boarding schools are in New England and may look askance at schools in the South, but Asheville is in the mountains. (Check out the related tab at the above link and you'll see they do ice climbing up frozen waterfalls.) And in terms of what the city itself is like, think Boulder, not Birmingham.</p>

<p>The stables are on campus, about the same distance from the main buildings as the sports complex, and very accessible. The mountaineering programs (again, you'll see those pages from the link above) are also stellar and distinguish Asheville School from the New England schools. Considering the fact that classroom activities end at around 3 pm, the offerings available to boarders outside of the classroom should be an important consideration. Someone who is committed to equestrian activities is wise to give considerable attention to the programs at the various schools that offer equestrian activities.</p>

<p>If you are serious about riding, you should visit schools in warmer states. Many serious riders eventually move out of the snow zone. </p>

<p>Even if you're certain that you would prefer a coed school, you should at least visit an all-girls' school with a competitive equestrian program. Madeira, perhaps? </p>

<p>If a school doesn't have an official equestrian program, you may find it difficult to fit riding into your daily schedule. At any school, ask to speak with a student who has made it work, perhaps by being permitted to substitute riding for the required sports.</p>

<p>Asheville looks amazing.</p>

<p>I kept my horse with me at boarding school (At an all girls school known for their riding program...but just because a school is well known for riding doesn't mean they don't have other sports too! I don't think there really is a such thing as an "all riding" school). </p>

<p>It was great, some of my best times were at the barn and on the road to horse shows - both interscholastic, local hunter/jumper shows, and A shows. I loved having my horse there but the wide variety of school horses was great, too. Being on the team was a really great experience and great prep for college teams. </p>

<p>Some schools:
Ethel Walker (access to great trainers and showing), Dana Hall (access to great trainers and showing), Stoneleigh-Burnham, Chatham Hall, Madeira, Foxcroft, Kent, Miss Porter's (rides at a nice h/j show barn off campus).</p>

<p>loubear, I sent you a pm. I also second what cutiedida said. Also, regarding Hotchkiss, I have some information on local stables of the sort you are interested in.</p>

<p>As you know Hotchkiss and Kent aren't far from each other so maybe you can schedule a visit the same day.</p>

<p>Thanks for the info everyone! I'll check out some of the schools mentioned.</p>

<p>@sadie: I am very interested in local stables, so I'd love some more info :) I think regarding my circumstances, that would be the way to go. </p>

<p>Also having my horse at boarding school would make me much less homesick!!</p>

<p>A dog looks up to you. A cat looks down on you. But a horse looks at you and sees an equal. —Winston Churchill</p>

<p>i love that quote</p>