Our stables are situated within the school grounds and our riding facilities include a 40m by 20m outdoor arena, a jumping paddock with cross country and show jumps and 25 acres of land, used for field-based tuition and trekking routes. Close by, we have access to a choice of bridleways offering excellent hacking opportunities for more experienced riders. All riding and pony care activities are supervised by British Horse Society qualified staff, who are committed to developing the skills of our pupils, in a safe and enjoyable environment.
The stables welcome riders of all abilities to experience many aspects of horsemanship. Pupils can have structured, weekly riding lessons and are also invited to attend stable management and activity sessions. As an official Pony Club Centre, the children are encouraged to work towards achievement badges and certificates. There are many proud moments sharing achievements in assembly with their peers.
Whilst we are aware that some pupils will always be happy riding their pony just once a week, we also know,that Sedbergh pupils can be determined and driven. Sedbergh Equestrian are equipped to guide the ambitious rider from their first wobbly trot around the school arena, to one day representing their school at an NSEA competition.
For pony/horse owners, Sedbergh Prep offers a flexible livery service to suit all types of rider, from leisure riders to serious competitors and team members. Riders keeping their pony at the school facility have the opportunity to ride and spend quality time with their equine friend, within the school week. The close proximity of the facility enables the children to get maximum benefits from having their pony or horse at school. Our qualified staff are available to offer support and training where required, giving peace of mind to both parents and riders.
Children without their own pony, can experience pony ownership on a more casual basis by joining our loan scheme. This helps children and parents that are thinking of venturing into buying a pony, an opportunity to test the water. Those on the loan scheme are fully supported with all practicalities, giving them confidence to develop the skills required for full-time ownership.
As an active member of Sedbergh Equestrian, it does not matter where you start or how big or small your goals are. The experience within our facility will be one that is educational, enjoyable and lots of all fun.
Our Sedbergh Prep School Equestrian Team compete in the Nationals Schools’ Equestrian Association Competitions (NSEA). The disciplines include Dressage, Show Jumping, Arena Eventing and One Day Eventing. The competitions take place at local, county, regional and national levels against other schools, culminating in the National Schools Championships.
The School Equestrian Team have team training every Tuesday in preparation for these events and where possible, the School is flexible in allowing riders to train and compete outside School.
The Equestrian Team have been competing for three years now and have seen much success. The team consists of approximately 24 riders across the Prep and Senior School. During this time, Sedbergh Equestrian have had 2 National Champions - Storm Straker in the 1m Arena Eventing (2015) and Georgia Turner in the Prelim Dressage (2016), and 1 Regional Champion - Hannah Carruthers Grass Roots 40cm Show Jumping.