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Equestrian Boarding Schools

Horse riding is a popular activity offered at independent boarding schools across the UK at all levels.  Facilities at our schools extend from small stables to nationally recognised equestrian centres; catering for complete beginners who wish to ride for pleasure to competent riders competing at a national level.

Girl with horse
Show jumping
Polo team


Equestrian boarding schools have their own ponies and horses, but also offer pupils the option to take their own (well behaved) pony or horse to school with them.   All pupils can be involved in stable management and horse welfare including feeding, cleaning and grooming – a fantastic opportunity for any horse lover!

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Pupils at these equestrian boarding schools are given the opportunity to compete as individuals or part of school teams, at national and international levels.  To participate in trials for British teams, eventing, show jumping, dressage, hacking, cross country, inter schools and external competitions.

To combine ones passion for riding with academic excellence is a dream come true for many children, equestrian boarding schools can provide:

  • Horse riding as part of the GCSE, AS and A Level Physical Education syllabus
  • British Horse Society Assistant Instructor (BHSAI) qualification alongside A Levels includes stable management, road safety, jumping and advanced riding
  • Other related qualifications include GCSE Environmental and Land Based Science which involves the study of environmental science, agriculture and horticulture.
  • NVQ and BTEC Level 3 in Agriculture, Countryside Management and Horse Management are vocational qualifications, equivalent to one A Level which prepare pupils for college or university entrance for land based subjects

Many of these equestrian boarding schools have their own working farms, pupils assist with all aspects of animal husbandry, handling livestock and minor vetinerary tasks as well as repair and maintenance of the farms.

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