What makes Oldfields Riding Program so special?
When you visit us, you will find out why we say, “where learning moves outside of the classroom and into the barn.” We develop the “whole horsewoman.” Our riders are involved in all aspects of the daily life at the barn, from hands-on caring for the horses to building a relationship between the horse and rider.
How many of Oldfields’ students participate in the Riding Program?
With a 150 year tradition of being an integral part of the School, 30% of our students ride at least one trimester during the school year.
What is the typical riding skill level of the riders in the program?
We welcome all levels of riders. Students range from beginners to riders who have years of riding and showing experience. Our barn is an inclusive place that strives to create a safe, inviting, and supportive environment in which all riders can grow.
In what types of showing and activities does Oldfields participate?
We compete at hunter/jumper, eventing, and dressage shows. We have both an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team and a Junior American National Riding Commission (ANRC) team. You must be enrolled in the Riding Program to be on a team, but do not need to be on one of the equitation teams to participate in the Riding Program. In addition to showing, we offer foxhunting with the Elkridge-Harford Hounds and the Green Spring Valley Hounds to those students who are interested.
How often do students ride?
Students ride every school day! They have two lessons per week and two free rides per week. The remaining day is reserved for schooling for horse shows, IEA or ANRC team practices, or a free ride with friends. We teach lessons throughout the academic day as well as after classes end. Students in good academic standing may use an academic free period for a riding lesson. Our lesson group size ranges from 2-4 students.
How many school horses does Oldfields have?
We have up to 25 wonderful school horses that are used in our program. Meet our horses >
Can a student bring her own horse to Oldfields?
Yes. You may bring your own horse and board it here at our cozy courtyard style barn. Students who board their horses must be a part of the Riding Program during all trimesters during which their horse is on campus.
Are students able to lease a school horse?
Yes. School horses are available for half and full leases to OS students.You or your parents may contact Director of Riding Amy Phillips if interested in this option after you are enrolled in the Riding Program. You do not have to own or lease a school horse to be part of the school program.
Is riding considered a sport at Oldfields?
Yes! You are allowed to ride one, two, or all three trimesters to fulfill your required sports commitment. Riding is counted as a team sport towards graduation requirements.
What are the riding fees?
Fees vary depending on the number of terms the student is riding, whether they lease or board a horse, as well as other factors.
Please contact Director of Riding Amy Phillips at PhillipsA@OldfieldsSchool.org for detailed information or to schedule a visit!