Our Equestrian Centre

EQUESTRIAN

Abbotsholme is extremely proud of its BHS-approved Equestrian Centre, which is located centrally on school site and next to the school farm. The equestrian centre team work closely alongside the school farm team to make the best use of the school’s estate facilities and provide the best all-round Estate Education for our students.

LESSONS

We have a range of horses available for lessons and, from aged 4+ years, we can cater for a range of abilities. These include complete beginners, those who wish to ride purely for pleasure, as well as the more serious competitor and, of course, our BTEC students. Lessons can be factored into a student’s timetables during the school day, be after school (when daylight allows) or at weekends. We also run lessons, saddle club and various clinics and pony days for external clients at weekends and during the school holidays.

FACILITIES

We have a 50m x 30m fibre sand manege which enables horse riding tuition to continue in all but the most inclement weather. During the summer months we make the most of our school estate by setting up our full set of dressage white boards/letters, a course of show jumps and a small course of portable cross country jumps in the fields.

LIVERY

We are a small yard of 15 stables and offer a limited number full or working livery option to students who wish to bring their own horse to school. Contact equestrian@abbotsholme.co.uk for more information on livery.

CURRICULUM

Through the prep school and years 7 to 9 carousel afternoons all students have the chance to try their hand at riding and learn to take responsibility for the care of horses.

During years 10 &11 students have the option of taking a BTEC First level 2 Certificate in Horse Care as an equivalent to 1 GCSE. This is a work related qualification to give students the basic knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment or further education within the horse industry. They will learn about the daily care of horses including feeding and watering, handling and horse behaviour. Pupils are expected to play a full part in the daily running of the Equestrian Centre as part of the work experience unit.

During years 12 & 13 students have the option of taking a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate as an equivalent to 1 A-level. This is a work related qualification to give students an in depth knowledge and understanding of horse care and management. Units include equine structure form and function, Horse tack, equipment & Rugs and an introduction to equestrian coaching. The knowledge and skills learnt from the 4 in depth units are once again underpinned by an ongoing work experience unit. At this level the student should already have a knowledge of basic Stable Management and be showing a capable level of riding. They will develop their practical skills on the yard as well as their theoretical knowledge.

As with the rest of school our class sizes are small so students have the opportunity to learn at their own pace. Some 6th form students have the option to help out with younger student’s sessions. Help is always at hand by any member of the equestrian team.

NSEA AND SADDLE CLUB

We are also associated with the NSEA and we can add memberships and book classes through the department for children with their own ponies at home. 

Abbotsholme runs its own Saddle Club every fortnight, for those aged between 7 and 18, aimed at both pupils within the school and external horse enthusiasts. Members are able to work towards attaining the Riding and Road Safety test, and other achievement badges as well as the Progressive Riding Tests. At weekends we are open for lessons to boarders as well as external clients, see price list for details. 

Throughout the holidays the Equestrian Centre remains open and holds many activity days including Own a Pony Days, One Day Event, and Pony Camps.

To find out more information please get in touch

Mon- Fri (Term time)

School Reception - 01889 590217

Weekends and school holidays

Equestrian Centre - 01889 594277

Or Email

equestrian@abbotsholme.co.uk

 

ABBOTSHOLME SCHOOL EQUESTRIAN CENTRE PRICE LIST

SEPTEMBER 2021

PRIVATE LESSONS

 

Own Horse

School Horse

1/2 Hour

£23

£28

45 Minutes

£28

£33

1 Hour

£35

£38

 

SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS (MAX 2 RIDERS)

 

Own Horse

School Horse

1/2 Hour

£20

£25

45 Minutes

£25

£30

1 Hour

£30

£33

 

GROUP LESSONS

 

Own Horse

School Horse

45 Minutes

£20

£25

1 Hour

£23

£28

 

ACTIVITY DAYS - 9.00am - 4.00pm

Own Horse

School Horse

£40

£45

 

ADVANCED BOOKING OFFERS

Book and pay for 3 lessons or more and receive a 5% discount

Book and pay for 6 lessons or more and receive a 10% discount

CANCELLATIONS

All cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance unless due to unforseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions.

Anyone deemed to have not turned up or given extremely late notice for cancelling a booking will be charged at the full price.