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Boarding School for 8th Grader with Equestrian Program

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  • Boarding School for 8th Grader with Equestrian Program

    Does anyone have recommendations for a boarding school that takes 8th graders? It must have a great riding program (rider currently competes at top shows) where the students can bring their own horse. Location not important.

  • #2
    A quick Google search of Equestrian boarding schools brought up this site. Lots that take 8th graders. Looks like a good place to start anyway, good luck!



    • #3
      Andrews Osborne Academy in Ohio.


      I was interested in going there a number of years ago and I'm pretty sure they allow you to board your horse.


      • #4
        Linden Hall in Lititz, PA accepts 8th graders, and I know many a horsey daughter that would kill to go there. I currently live in Lititz, and it really is a lovely atmosphere. I have to admit though, while the education is top notch, the riding as I have witnessed at their schooling shows is not quite up to the same level. It will however give your daughter a chance to shine if she is already competing at the top levels!


        • #5
          I know a couple of girls who went to Andrews in Ohio. They were able to bring their own horses, and both got into excellent schools from there. The horse facility is beautiful, and as I recall, the school was good about working with them on scheduling when they were away for shows. They also hold several USEF shows right there.

          That was a few years ago.


          • #6
            Queen Margaret's School in British Columbia, Canada.


            Beautiful facility


            • #7
              Garrison Forest School outside of Baltimore, MD has a phenomenal barn and riding facility and they have boarding for 8th graders (and their horses!). My sister went to school there - I would highly recommend it!

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              • #8
                Andrews, Stonleigh-Burnham, Oldfields - every other one I can think of doesn't take younger than 9th grade.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post
                  Andrews, Stonleigh-Burnham, Oldfields - every other one I can think of doesn't take younger than 9th grade.
                  I went to Stoneleigh and it has a fantastic riding program. Mina Payne Williams is the director of the riding program and has been there forever - she was actually a student at SBS herself.

                  Bill Ivey (the middle school dean) and his wife were my hall parents in my 9th grade year, and they are wonderful people.
                  Last edited by Ride'emCO; May. 9, 2011, 05:43 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Location no object ? This is about as good as it gets; http://www.millfieldschool.com/sport/riding/index.htm
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                    • #11
                      I don't know exactly what grades are accepted, but I know the Grier school in tyrone, pa is a boarding school, has a riding program, and allows personal horses. I have sold 2 of my horses to students there and they look excellent!


                      • #12
                        I went to Oldfields School in Glencoe, MD. I strongly suggest looking at OS! Good academics and a fantastic riding program.


                        • #13
                          Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA. Ethel Walker in CT.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Canaqua View Post
                            Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA. Ethel Walker in CT.
                            Dana does NOT have boarding for 8th graders, and I don't think Ethel Walker does, either.
                            I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by steiny07977 View Post
                              Andrews Osborne Academy in Ohio.


                              I was interested in going there a number of years ago and I'm pretty sure they allow you to board your horse.
                              Another vote for Andrews! I went to summer camp there and have shown there. Beautiful facility!
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                              • #16
                                Garrison Forrest

                                All have excellent riding programs. They would be my top choices for an 8th grader. Most of them will let a strong competitive rider continue to show while a student.


                                • #17
                                  I wish I could give a personal account of this school, but for now it is my dream to go there! I doubt it will happen by the time I graduate Highschool.

                                  Foxcroft School, Middleburg VA

                                  Middleburg is a FABULOUS horsey-area. My family has gone there on the weekends, and we have driven past the school a few times. It is GORGEOUS!!!
                                  Also, their website has some beautiful pictures of the facilities. I know a few girls who have gone there(it's an all-girls school), and they seem to love it. I would highly recommend visiting the area, whether you decide to attend or not. It's the center of horse-country

                                  I'm pretty sure it's only for grades 9-12 though. I may be wrong.

                                  The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~Arabian Proverb


                                  • #18
                                    Grier School in Tyrone, Pa.


                                    • #19
                                      I went to Andrews and loved it PM me if you have any questions.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Ride'emCO View Post
                                        I went to Stoneleigh and it has a fantastic riding program. Mina Payne Williams is the director of the riding program and has been there forever - she was actually a student at SBS herself......:
                                        a rider at our barn went to Stoneleigh and since we live in MA, we go to shows there. Mina seems like an excellent trainer; her students are very good AND seem like they are having a blast. I am plotting to get my niece to SBS