Athletics & Riding


Our Riding Program helps you be your best self.
The Chatham Hall Riding Program is a dynamic and unique experience among equestrian boarding schools. The program offers the American Forward System of Riding fundamentals in accordance with modern hunter and equitation styles. You'll learn the theory behind instruction and how to handle a variety of horses. Taking a holistic approach to lessons, you'll benefit from mounted and unmounted instruction, a fitness plan, best dietary habits, and sports psychology. This approach to training the equestrian athlete ensures achievement while competing as well as with any challenge at hand.

The Interscholastic Equestrian Team (IEA) is an integral part of Chatham Hall Riding. This team travels and competes at different venues locally and nationally. IEA is an opportunity for our equestrian athletes to showcase their skill “catch-riding” and is a building step towards showing in college. Since 2017, Chatham Hall has been champion of our region, and five of the past six years, our riders have moved on as a team or had an individual compete at National Finals.

The Riding Program offers several showing opportunities throughout the year at both USEF rated and association shows within Virginia and North Carolina. Chatham Hall will arrange all entries, trailering, and hotel rooms for riders, as well as providing training at shows. Additionally, Chatham Hall hosts three South West Virginia Hunter Jumper Association Shows on campus in the Mars Arena. These shows offer classes from walk trot through the 3 foot and are a great opportunity for students to show without the stress of travel. Riders can take their own horse or a Chatham Hall horse to these events.

Our Riding Facilities

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  • School Horses

    Chatham Hall owns more than 30 School horses of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds that are available to you within the lesson program. Our horses are donated from a variety of professionals, and are all schooled in the forward system of riding and range in ability from the beginner safe to advanced level show horses. In addition, horses are available for you to lease.
  • Mars Arena

    The Mars Riding Arena is the centerpiece of Chatham Hall's extensive equestrian facilities. Measuring 125 by 250 feet in size, the Mars Riding Arena allows for year-long riding, regardless of weather conditions. Its facilities include eight indoor stalls, offices, two wash bays and a common room for riders. The arena was opened in 1998 and is named for the Mars family, whose daughter is an alumna.

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  • Boarding

    Boarding your hourse is an option if you're interested in bringing one from home. This can be a great way for you to continue working and developing your partnership while here at school. Any student interested in bringing a horse to school must reach out to the barn manager. All potential boarders must share videos of their horse before they are guaranteed a stall in order for the Riding faculty to assess soundness and suitability.
  • Hunter Trial Field

    The permanent Hunter Trial Field sits just below the soccer field by the Carter Gate and is used by the Riding Program for a variety of lessons.

Riding News

Riding Staff

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  • Photo of Frankie Beyer

    Miss Frankie Beyer 

    Interim Director of Riding
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  • Photo of Emma Lane

    Ms Emma Lane 

    Barn Manager; Riding Instructor
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  • Photo of Samantha Matatall

    Ms. Samantha Matatall 

    Assistant Barn Manager
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Horse Donation

Chatham Hall's Riding Program wouldn't be able to function without the generous gift of donated horses. Our donated horses receive exceptional care including injections when needed, laser therapy, equine massage, and chiropractic care when needed, as well as plenty of time off. Learn more about the donation process here or reach out to Interim Director of Riding Frankie Beyer.

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