Equestrian FAQ

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Equestrian FAQ2018-11-09T17:50:15-04:00
Can I walk to the Stoneleigh Burnham Equestrian Center from school?2018-11-09T17:48:05-04:00

Yes! The barn is located a short three-minute walk from the entrance of school.

I have never ridden before, can I learn to ride at SBS?2018-11-09T17:49:02-04:00

Yes! We have many beginners each term and we have horses who are great teachers! All levels of riding are welcomed at SBS.

What disciplines are ridden at SBS?2018-11-09T14:11:32-04:00

Students are welcome to ride the discipline of their choice. We have a diverse population of Hunters, Jumpers, Eventers and Dressage riders. We also have a couple of western pleasure riders.

Does SBS offer Equine Science classes?2018-11-09T14:01:36-04:00

Yes. We offer equine science classes as part of the school curriculum. A student can choose to take these classes if she wants. Additionally we offer the British Horse Society (BHS) training system. These classes take place both in the classroom as well as in the barn.

Does SBS offer scholarships for riders?2018-11-09T14:13:18-04:00

The Nora Lucas Barby scholarship is available during the winter trimester. This scholarship covers the cost of riding for two students during the winter trimester. All riders are welcome to apply.

Do I have to own a horse to ride at SBS?2018-11-09T14:12:08-04:00

No. SBS owns 30 school horses which are used for the program. We also have horses available for lease for those who want to ride every day or show.

What types of school horses does SBS have?2018-11-09T14:12:45-04:00

We have all types of school horses that range in size, age, discipline, and experience level. Some of our beginner friendly horses have been at SBS for more than ten years! We also have seasoned show horses with experience in a variety of disciplines.

Do I have to take three lessons per week?2018-11-09T14:03:07-04:00

Riders who have chosen riding at their sport are required to take at least three lessons per week. Part time riders are riders who lesson once or twice per week and also participate in an alternate sport.

Does SBS have an equestrian team?2018-11-09T14:13:52-04:00

Yes. Stoneleigh-Burnham has an Interscholastic Equestrian Team (IEA). Both upper school and middle school riders can participate. Being on the team is optional.

What are the costs associated with being on the IEA team?2018-11-09T14:15:05-04:00

Riders are required to pay for their entry fee into each show. This entry fee will be billed as part of the monthly billing statement. Riders should bring money to each show for lunch. Transportation costs are covered by SBS.

Does Stoneleigh Burnham host IEA shows?2018-11-09T14:04:00-04:00

Yes. SBS hosts IEA shows twice per year.

When are IEA shows held?2018-11-09T14:04:16-04:00

IEA shows are held on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-September through February. Each student has the opportunity to ride in five IEA shows, including the two held at SBS.

How much does it cost to board a horse at SBS?2018-11-09T14:16:32-04:00

Board is $750 per month. Students are required to sign an eight-month boarding contract in order to reserve a stall. Year round board is also available.

How do I reserve a stall for my horse?2018-11-09T14:17:39-04:00

Once a student has been accepted to SBS by the Admissions Office, she may send in a Boarding Application for her horse. Generally speaking, all student horses that have their Boarding Application mailed by the deadline are accepted to board. Stallions, however, are not allowed to board at SBS.

Will my horse be used in the lesson program?2018-11-09T14:05:31-04:00

Only horse owners will ride their horses in lessons. Private owned horses are not used in our school program. Our school-owned horses are used in lessons for students that do not bring their own horse.

What are the required items for my horse to board?2018-11-09T14:17:05-04:00

We require all horses have a Flu/Rhino within the last 7 months. Additionally horses must have had rabies,  EEE/WEE and Tetanus vaccine within the past 12 months. Horses must have a negative coggins within the past 12 months.  Horses must have a properly fitting halter with a throat latch clip, and a lead rope. Although we do not require that you blanket your horse, if you choose to do so all blankets must be waterproof (with the exception of horses that do not get turnout).

How often do the vet and farrier come?2018-11-09T14:06:08-04:00

Our veterinarian is on call for us at all times. Routine visits are generally twice a month or as needed. Our farrier comes every Wednesday, and is also on call at all times for lost shoes etc. We also have a Equine Chiropractor who visits as often as needed for those horses requiring a little extra care.

Are horses turned out at SBS?2018-11-09T14:18:46-04:00

Yes, we have individual paddocks. We do not turn out in the extreme cold or high heat. We are able to cater to a horse’s individual turnout requirements within reason.

How often are horses dewormed?2018-11-09T14:06:43-04:00

Stoneleigh Burnham has a strict parasite protocol which ensures the best care for all horses. Every horse will be dewormed upon arrival at SBS. Fecal tests are performed on all horses three times yearly. Horses are dewormed according to fecal tests results.

Can my horse be in full or part time training while at SBS?2018-11-09T14:07:01-04:00

Yes. Training rides are available by all instructors. It is important to speak with your instructor regarding your horse’s individual requirements for training rides.

Who can board a horse at the Stoneleigh Burnham Equestrian Center?2018-11-09T14:16:03-04:00

All students who choose riding as their sport are welcome to board a horse.

What clothing do I need to be on the IEA team?2018-11-09T14:15:30-04:00

Beige breeches and a dark colored hunt coat with a long sleeve show shirt are required. Additionally tall boots (black), black gloves, a ASTM/SEI approved helmet, and hairnets are necessary for showing.

Are tryouts required for the IEA Team?2018-11-09T14:14:41-04:00

A rider assessment is done for all riders who want to be members of the SBS IEA Team. All IEA team members are required to be full time riders, lessoning at least three times per week.

Do I need my own horse to be on the IEA team?2018-11-09T14:14:18-04:00

No. Each team competes at a host school. Each rider on the team draws a horse by random, but sorted by level, to show in their designated class. Visit rideIEA.org for more information on IEA process and policies.