THE ETHEL WALKER SCHOOL RIDING PROGRAM For more than 100 years , riding has been part of daily life at The Ethel Walker School. Ethel Walker herself is described as “a woman of wit and vigor, a great lover of the outdoors, she has always emphasized strongly the necessity of the development of character as well as of brains.” The social, emotional and character-based lessons that come from a passion for equestrian sports are consistent with our School’s history and mission, and our exceptional equestrian program set Walker’s apart from its peers. Walker’s is one of only a small number of independent schools that offers an equestrian sport. Currently, there are 44 student riders in the program, and 11 community riders. All students take three lessons per week, including options for both group and private lessons. Many of Walker’s most supportive alumnae have been riders at the School and
a number continue to compete at the highest levels regionally and nationally. Today, the barn staff includes leading industry experts who train our girls in the hunter, jumper and hunt-seat equitation disciplines, coach an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team and accommodate a small group of community riders. In addition, we welcome beginners among our students to learn to ride, whether they choose to ride for one season or longer. And of course, we’re eager to introduce all of our interested students to the world of equestrian sports.
ETHOS Walker’s program is one that is pedagogically-based — where students are “taught” to ride, not “trained,” where the riding facilities are viewed as outdoor classrooms, where emphasis is placed on horsemanship, and where mission-driven social and emotional learning that comes from the equestrian sport is nurtured. On the competitive end, we envision a program that has, at its core, an exceptional interscholastic team and a sought- after program for the A-level competitor. Finally, we envision a program where riders of all levels are supported, and the local community feels welcome and served.
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