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Riding at Queen Mary’s

The British Horse Society, Commended, Queen Mary’s Equestrian Centre has an excellent reputation being one of the top Riding schools in the country. 

At the NSEA Championships we continually secure excellent placings in many classes and in 2018 secured ‘Top English School’ in the 80cm Show Jumping and 80cm Jumping With Style and were NSEA 90cm Show Jumping Champions in 2016. Other recent achievements include qualification for the Royal Windsor Horse Show and one of our girls represents Great Britain.

Whether your dream is to represent Great Britain or to ride for fun, Queen Mary’s provides excellent tuition for all ages, the opportunity to be part of teams and provides the support needed to balance academic studies with an active calendar of equestrian opportunities. 

Queen Mary’s girls represent Great Britain and our teams are successful at NSEA Finals.

The Team

Emma Hill BSc BHSII, Head of the Riding Centre and her team including Robert Blane BHSI and Kelly Ayre BHSAI demonstrate year-round dedication. Collectively with over 75 years’ experience they excel in providing an individual approach to each rider.

Livery and Facilities

You may wish to bring your horse to school. We are a British Horse Society Approved Equestrian Centre offering various livery options. Competition; full; grass and DIY livery are all available. Queen Mary’s also has a number of school ponies offering the girls the confidence and foundation they need to progress. 

– Fourteen loose box stables
– Four open barns
– 60mx40m all-weather outdoor arena, full set BSJA show jumps
– A small cross country course with fences ranging 40cm – 90cm
– Four horse, horse walker
– 33 acres of grazing paddocks
– Onsite hacking in parkland
– Hot water facilities and wash down area for horses and dedicated wash room for equipment.

Individual and Group Lessons

All children from Reception to Year 11 may take Riding lessons either after school between 15:30 – 19:00 or on Saturday mornings for the younger age groups. Group lessons last approximately one hour with up to eight pupils per lesson. Private lessons are available for either 30 or 45 minute periods. Group hacks are available on Saturday afternoons.

Equestrian Teams

The school organises a number of shows and competitions on site throughout the year which are open to internal and external riders. These include a dressage series, show jumping and an annual show. We also organise show jumping and dressage clinics and external trips to show jumping competitions so the girls can gain valuable competition experience. There are opportunities to be part of one of our Queen Mary’s Equestrian Teams who participate nationally in NSEA competitions.

Riding for All


Children who are not currently enrolled at Queen Mary’s are also welcome to attend the Equestrian Centre for Riding lessons and courses. We also offer training towards BHS and Pony Club examinations. 

For more details email

riding@queenmarys.org

Poppy's Story

Poppy, Year 8, is one of our Riding Scholars.

"Getting a Riding Scholarship has brought me great opportunities. As part of Queen Mary’s Equestrian Team I have competed at many events including the NSEA Finals. The stables at Queen Mary’s are a great place to improve your riding and stable management skills with a fantastic arena to ride in and lots of stables where you can keep your horse or even ride one of the school’s wonderful ponies. The staff and coaches are so kind and supportive."

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