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.

In addition to focusing on jumping, flatwork, and developing a training program in the ring, you will have the opportunity to expand your riding experience outside of the ring as well. Our beautiful campus offers two different fields to ride in, including a permanent hunter trial course. This allows both our riders and horses the benefit of getting out of the ring and using the uneven terrain to build fitness and develop new skills.

Our Program

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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.
  • Horse Showing

    The Chatham Hall Riding Program offers our students the chance to horse show in a variety of different ways throughout their time here. We have a competitive Interscholastic Equestrian Team (IEA) team that hosts multiple shows on campus each year, travels throughout our region, and routinely qualifies individuals and the team for Zones and National Finals. Additionally, we offer opportunities to travel and show at local and A-rated competitions throughout the region as well as hosting Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association shows on campus.

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.
800 Chatham Hall Circle  •  Chatham, VA 24531
+1 434.432.2941  •
Day and boarding school for girls grades 9 -12 in the Episcopal tradition.

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