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.