Become an internationally certified instructor through The British Horse Society (BHS) certification program at Stoneleigh-Burnham Equestrian Center. British Horse Society logo

Long recognized internationally for setting the highest standards for instruction, the system set forth by The British Horse Society (BHS) complements Stoneleigh-Burnham’s dedication to providing students who aspire to careers in horsemanship with a firm academic footing at the high school level.

Unlike existing certification programs in the United States, the prestigious BHS certification is recognized in thirty-two countries worldwide. Graduates of the program are prepared to take their BHS international examinations in order to earn an international trainer’s passport, which helps qualify them for equestrian careers in management roles around the world. Alternatively, students who wish simply to expand their knowledge of horse care and stable management may participate in the course for personal enrichment.

The BHS program at Stoneleigh-Burnham has been structured to educate students in all aspects of the horse, horse-care, and competition through classroom lectures on theory, written instruction, and through practical, hands-on demonstrations in the stable, as well as riding instruction in the areas of dressage, cross-country jumping, and stadium jumping. The program is structured in levels, emphasizing mastery of skills rather than graded coursework. Certification is administered in person by examiners from the United Kingdom, once per year, and exams are pass/fail. Stoneleigh-Burnham is a certified BHS facility and a certified BHS testing center.

Stoneleigh-Burnham is now offering a British Horse Society International Intensive for participants aged 17 and older who are not enrolled at the School.

The first and only secondary school equestrian facility in the United States to achieve prestigious certification as a British Horse Society-approved Livery Yard, Riding School, and Facility.

The Stoneleigh-Burnham Equestrian Center offers:

  • Two indoor riding rings: Flagg Hall (100′ by 200′) and The Lion’s Den (72′ by 120′) are surfaced with state-of-the-art, high-tech German Geotextile (GGT) footing
  • Expansive outdoor facility:
    • Enclosed sand ring
    • European-style Derby field
    • Cross-country course with levels from beginner novice to preliminary
    • Extensive trail network encircling our 100-acre campus
  • Heated viewing room: Fuller Lounge, accommodating up to 200 people
  • Two heated barns: stabling for 55 horses, each offering its own wash stall and heated tack room
  • Equine rehabilitation facility: Our equipment and knowledgeable staff can help your equine athlete recover from an injury and/or surgery. Open to our local community, our facility features a solarium, digital weight scale, wash stall, heated barn, vet office, and two indoor arenas. Please contact equinerehab@sbschool.org to learn more. Rehab treatments include:
    • Wound care
    • Suture care
    • Stall rest
    • IV care
    • Hand walking
    • Abscess wrapping
    • Poultice
    • Therapeutic shoeing
    • Top-quality vet care… and more!

Many students bring their own horses while others take lessons with, or lease one of, the school’s team of more than 35 horses that are capable of competing and succeeding at every level of competition.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association since its official inception in 2002 and boasts four consecutive National Titles.

We offer both Middle School (Grades 7 & 8) and Upper School (Grades 9 – 12 & Postgraduate + Gap Year) Hunt Seat teams that compete within the largest zone in the country.

The unique aspect of IEA competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation. Riders are randomly assigned a horse for each class, one jumping and one flat, and are judged on their equitation against riders at their level.

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Director of the Equestrian Center
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Director of Riding
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The Stoneleigh-Burnham School Equestrian Wall of Fame honors and celebrates the achievements of our alumnae who have made significant contributions and brought distinction to various areas of the equestrian world.

Wall of Fame inductees have been involved in the equestrian field in numerous ways including as rider, trainer, coach, breeder, owner, artist, journalist, jockey, author, veterinarian, judge, manager, rescuer, ASPCA, braider, groom, equine pharmaceuticals and photographer.

2017 Equestrian Wall of Fame Inductee

Vicki Humphrey Oliver ’91

2014 Equestrian Wall of Fame Inductees

Margaret “Gigi” Altmiller McIntosh ’72
Alexandra Linscheid O’Toole ’03
Caroline Roffman ’06
Alexandra Warriner ’90

2012 Equestrian Wall of Fame Inductees

The 2001 IEA National Championship Team including:

McKenzie Rollins ’01
Ashley Grant ’04
Emily Wood Thompson ’01
Naomi Gendron-Waidlich ’01
Flora Wu ’01

2011 Equestrian Wall of Fame Inductees

Abby Fuller ’77
Joannah Hall Glass ’59S
Kimberly Cartier Dome ’94
Libby Cowperthwaite Schmittdiel ’84
Mina Payne ’78

2010 Equestrian Wall of Fame Inductees

Suzanne Bell Fraser ’72
Jerilyn Jacobs ’85
Amy Stegall ’86
Vicky Castegren ’94
Samantha Pleasant ’02

Nomination and Selection Process

Inductees are determined by a selection committee based on criteria of achievement, record, advancement, and/or demonstration of a significant contribution to the equine field.

To nominate an alumna to be inducted into the Stoneleigh-Burnham Equestrian Wall of Fame, please fill out the nomination form below.

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Our Equestrian Center is located on campus at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. We offer a variety of programs for Stoneleigh-Burnham students as well as our local community, the British Horse Society (BHS) professional course of study, and summer programs. We also host indoor and outdoor competitions throughout the year at our British Horse Society-approved Livery Yard, Riding School, and Facility.

Stoneleigh-Burnham is the only secondary school in the U.S. to offer British Horse Society Certification. Our riders join a long heritage of respected equestrians and benefit from an engaged alumnae base that is as passionate about horses as they are about our school.

Every rider, from beginner to advanced, receives personalized instruction that reflects her interests, goals, and abilities. Licensed coaches provide instruction tailored to all levels with training in equitation, hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, and equine studies. Group classes are typically comprised of four to six students, with great care taken to match ability levels within a group. Private and semi-private lessons are also available with any of our licensed instructors.

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