Ride Smart

Our riding program - through mastery of 21st Century skills, structured exploration, teamwork and understanding a partnership with horses - excels at developing the whole girl who has the tools for a successful life.

The Chatham Hall Riding Program is a dynamic and unique experience among equestrian boarding schools. Our riding program offers the American Forward System of Riding fundamentals in accordance with modern hunter and equitation styles. Students learn the theory behind the instruction and how to handle a variety of horses. Taking a holistic approach to lessons, students 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. The IEA is an opportunity for our equestrian athletes to showcase their skill “catch-riding” and is a building step towards showing in college. Within the past four years, Chatham Hall has had two trips to the national finals as a team earning Reserve Champion in 2015 and placing fourth in 2016.

Equestrian athletes also have the opportunity to show in USEF rated and association shows within Virginia and North Carolina. Riders can take their own horse or lease a school owned horse to these events.

Meet Our Team

List of 4 members.

  • James Morris 

    Director of Riding
    434-432-5500
    Bio
  • Frankie Beyer 

    Assistant Director of Riding
    434-432-5532
    Bio
  • Carolyn Meyer 

    Barn Manager
    434-432-5232
    Bio
  • Emma Lane Poole 

    Riding Instructor
    434-432-5432
    Bio
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.  
800 Chatham Hall Circle | Chatham, VA 24531 | 434.432.2941 | admission@chathamhall.org