Equestrian Scholarship

Now Taking Applications for September 2024 Start

To register your interest for more information on the Equestrian Scholarship or to make an application for 2024, please use the links below.

The Polwhele House Equestrian Scholarship programme enables children aged 8 and above to develop their love of equestrianism whilst learning the skills of horsemanship in a safe but challenging environment.

The Polwhele House Equestrian Scholarship is a fabulous opportunity for committed talented equestrians to access regular, quality training throughout the year, to nurture and develop their ability.

If you have any questions please email m.hopper@polwhelehouse.co.uk

Application Form 2024

Junior And Senior Scholarships

To take account of the different needs and abilities of children of different ages, the Junior Equestrian Scholarship is available to children starting in Year 4, where the children learn the skills of Yard Duties and work as a team to care for the ponies, whilst receiving one additional riding lesson a week as well as a paid session, as well as two Grooms sessions.

Whilst they have fantastic opportunities of learning from equestrian professionals, the expectations are not so demanding as for our Senior Scholars; the Junior Scholarship is designed to lead into the Senior Scholarship in year 5, when enthusiastic equestrians can apply for our Senior Scholarship.

Here, they have the chance for selection to represent the school in a variety of riding events, continue with the programme of equestrian professionals input and also explore the features of horses, their health, fitness and feeding.  On occasions, when the yard has the appropriate animal, the scholars are fully involved in the process of backing a pony, which is a useful life skill for dedicated equestrians.  Senior scholars receive two riding lessons each week and take part in Grooms sessions.

Scholarship Opportunities

We understand that the biggest barrier to success in sport is the time and consistent training required to reach full potential. Our Equestrian Scholarship package adds substantial value to the school experience and includes:

  • Two free semi-private riding lessons in each full week of term (Dressage, Show jumping & Cross country)
  • Opportunity for Equestrian Scholars to bring their own pony for one free session in each half term, to assist in formulating training plans and goal setting
  • Option to join our Linked Pony Club Centre and train towards internationally recognised Pony Club qualifications
  • Invitation to represent Polwhele House Riding School at local schools show jumping and Pony Club competitions throughout the year
  • Educational Equestrian school Trips/visits
  • Practical Pony Care training at Grooms Duties weekly, feeding into Pony Club qualifications
  • An active role in the running of the stable yard and opportunity to attend school holiday activities and Pony Club rallies

What A Scholar Will Gain From The Programme

We equip our Scholars with the knowledge and understanding required to ride and assess a pony, and formulate a schooling plan to improve the way of going of the pony and actively train for development towards a set goal/plan of action. Scholarship is therefore a long-term process alongside school attendance, rather than a short term or one year experience and scholars are asked to sign a contract which ensures continued attendance.

The value of the scholarship is the experience and training offered and does not reduce the school fees.

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend a Taster Day, to include a Riding Assessment (walk, trot, canter & small jump)

An interview with the Head will follow a successful assessment, after which a scholarship decision will be made.

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