Learn to ride at Polwhele
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 represent 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.
At the riding school we are well equipped for all kinds of equestrian activities and events. We have six stables, a tack room, boot room and a hay/feed store.
Our 20 by 40m all-weather arena, refurbished in 2017, enables us to provide lessons in a safe and fun environment as well as prepare the pupils for competitions. We have a full set of show jumps and plenty of gymkhana equipment for mounted fun and games.
We also have extensive grounds and woods where we can hackout and enjoy a good canter and large paddocks with a shelter and access to unlimited hay and water where the ponies are turned out every evening.
Riding lessons are available for any pupils before, during and after the school day. The lessons are carefully timetabled to avoid clashing with classroom lessons and other school commitments.
Most pupils have weekly lessons, though fortnightly or twice-weekly lessons are also available. For a fixed fee pupils enjoy private 30 minute lessons or semi-private 45 minute lessons.