Lessons take place after school and at weekends for all levels of rider, whether aspiring to ride at the very top level or having only the basics in place, there is something for everyone, and sessions are tailored according to the abilities of each rider. The emphasis of the St Leonards equestrian programme is on progression and fun. Each student is individually accessed on their riding ability and carefully paired with their equine partner. Lesson numbers are restricted to ensure a high level of tuition and the riding school horses and ponies are handpicked for their excellent temperaments. The teaching staff possess a wealth of experience and are all fully qualified.
Students may bring their own horses to school in order to develop their riding skills over the academic year. Their horse stays on full livery at the equestrian centre for the duration of the academic year. St Leonards student’s can also arrange to loan a horse for their personal use for the academic year.
The Equestrian Centre
St Leonards students are able to take advantage of the fact that the owners are serious and committed horse owners, who have built up a quality facility. Someone is always at hand to provide friendly knowledgeable assistance if required.
Indoor school – for all weather riding the indoor school measures 48 metres x 30 metres with a specialist riding surface and a full set of safety jumps.
Outdoor school - 60 metres x 25 metres with a sand and rubber surface and a full set of safety jumps and derby bank. The outdoor school is fully flood lit and well drained.
Hacking - there are quiet roads and plenty of off road hacking. The beach at St Andrews is only 3 miles away.
Stables - There are 65 high quality Loddon boxes in a series of modern barns all with rubber mats, water drinkers, hay rack and swivel manger. There are 2 outdoor Loddon boxes finished to a high standard.
Grazing - There is extensive grazing allowing horses to be turned out every day. Even in the middle of winter horses can be turned out in paddocks for a few hours to stretch their legs.
Lunging pen - 15 metre diameter secure pen made from Loddon panels with a specialist all-weather surface.
Horse walker - A 15 metre partially covered 5 horse walker of high specification with variable speed and automatic reverse. The walking area is considerably wider than in standard walkers.
Shower and solarium - A hot horse shower and solarium are available onsite.
Feed - Great care is taken making haylage. As much as possible is made on the farm by the equestrian centre itself and is triple wrapped to retain quality.