This is an intensive equestrian program for advanced riders aged 14-18 capable of easily jumping courses of 2’6” or higher on multiple unfamiliar horses. This program combines classroom theory and unmounted lessons with instruction in the saddle. Riders will have lessons twice daily, multiple riding opportunities, and be asked to participate in thoughtful dialogue with coaches and instructors about theory and position. Interested riders will be required to apply with a trainer recommendation and video from within the past six months.
Outside of the saddle riders will participate in additional programming in rider nutrition, fitness, and mental health and wellness; stable management practices and attend Equine Studies classes with Chatham Hall’s Stable Manager, Veterinarian, and Farrier. Classroom time will be incorporated throughout the day and dedicated to learning the history of the American Forward System of Riding and the current applications. Riders will also have access to Chatham Hall’s current sports psychology practices and specific individualized strategies for preparing for competition. This week-long program is a snapshot of what the varsity level riding program at Chatham Hall looks like.
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.