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Barrie School is fortunate that it has its own stable on campus. Formal lessons are available to all students ages 4 and up. Classes emphasize safety, horse and equipment care, and riding skills.
To schedule riding lessons, or to find out more about the program, call Sue Wentzell, Riding Coach and Director of the Equestrian Program at 301-576-2834.
Lower School equestrian sign-up form
Upper School equestrian sign-up form
For the toddler class, pony rides are part of the curriculum for each child. We do not offer formal lessons to this age group. Barn staff lead the ponies.
Ours is the only program of its kind for pre-school children in the area. Under the supervision of 2 instructors, students learn riding fundamentals, safety, and pony care. Students learn to ride unassisted at the walk, as well as to stop and turn. Once these skills are mastered, students progress to assisted trotting.
Individual accomplishments are gauged by the interest and ability of each student.
Building on skills learned in the Primary Division, students in grades 1 through 3 learn fundamental skills in riding and horse care. They progress to control at the trot and can post in rhythm with the beat. Having mastered posting in a secure position, cantering is introduced. Again, the individual sets the pace.
For students in Grades 4 and above, lessons are offered after school. These classes are recommended for students interested in competitive riding, or for those who desire more personal attention. As always, the pace for achievement is set by the student. At this level, lessons focus on the refinement of technique, horse care and management. Depending on past experience, cantering and jumping may also be taught at this level.
Barrie School Varsity and Junior Varsity Riding Team – Inter School Horse Show Series Champions!
Barrie School Varsity Riding Team have been ISHS Champions from 2006 through 2011, and compete on the ISHS circuit along with 40 other
area schools. The object of competing is for riding athletes to get the
recognition for this sport representing their school in a competitive
For team show schedules, click on the Barrie School Athletic Calendar. You may also visit the ISHS website for more information on the series, shows and directions to show locations.