At Polwhele House we have a wonderful riding school with excellent facilities where we can offer riding lessons and equestrian events for all children of any age or ability. Children can start riding from the age of three on small, steady ponies and progress all the way to competing in our own dressage, show jumping and gymkhana events and representing the school in external competitions on our bigger, more advanced horses and ponies.
In addition to lessons, there are opportunities to learn about horse care and management in after school and holiday clubs, to go out for weekend rides on the beach and to take part in or watch demonstrations, displays and master classes with professional riders. In Years 7 and 8 pupils may apply to become a school groom. Groom duties include bringing in the ponies in the morning, feeding and grooming them in preparation for the day ahead, helping prepare the ponies for competitions and other events and stewarding for school competitions.
The stable yard is a wonderful and relaxed place where many pupils enjoy spending some of their spare time participating in anything from mucking out the stables to learning how to put a bridle together to plaiting and washing the ponies ahead of travelling to an equestrian competition. Or to simply spend time with our lovely, friendly ponies.