We offer riding on site as part of our extra-curricular and games programme in both the Prep and Senior School, but all those who ride take part in a full range of other sports and activities too. Over the last 10 years Cranleigh has developed a strong tradition for riding, and the Equestrian Team has one of the best competition records of any school in the country.

Riding is not only available to those who bring their horse to school; we have our own ponies for use in lessons and we are a Pony Club Linked Centre.

Currently we have in the region of 60 boys and girls from both Schools who enjoy the opportunity to ride. Amongst the youngest and newest of these are some complete beginners. We then cover the whole range of abilities up to riders who are competing at Pony Club Open and even International level.

Pupils can have their ponies brought to School just for lessons or the ponies can stay at School on livery, which is available both during term time and school holidays. Details and costs of part-livery can be obtained from the Equestrian Centre Manager (see below for contacts).

Training

The Director of Riding works with individuals to tailor their riding programme to their specific needs at any given time of the year and the expert tuition offered helps in developing each rider’s potential to the full, whether they are potential GB riders or just wanting to enjoy low-level participation.

Riders with their own ponies at School can expect to ride four or five times a week and two of these sessions would be a formal lesson.

Charges for riding lessons are added to the termly fee invoice and as of September 2016 these are:

Non-pony owners: £200 per term (for one lesson a week).

Pony owners: £200 per term (for two lessons per week).

Specialist clinics are arranged with visiting instructors on a regular basis for dressage and jumping. All riders can sign up for clinics that are at an appropriate level for their standard and there is an extra charge for these; this is usually £20 to £25 per clinic.

Facilities

With 30 stables, over 60 acres of grazing and riding land, a 60 by 30 metre floodlit all-weather arena, a 20 by 40 metre all-weather arena and its own BE Standard cross-country track from 60cm to 1 metre, Cranleigh School’s Equestrian Centre has the capacity to accommodate up to 42 horses and ponies.

Competitions

Cranleigh School is a member of the NSEA and our riders regularly compete in all disciplines: dressage, show jumping, eventing and jumping with style. Since the inception of the NSEA National Schools’ Championships we have produced the National Novice Arena Eventing Team Champions in 2005 and 2012; the National Novice Individual Champion in 2005 and 2007; the National Open Individual Champion in 2007 and 2008 as well as being National Show Jumping Champions in 2010 and 2012 and National Dressage Champions in 2011 and 2013.

We are the current Surrey Dressage and Show Jumping Champions and our team placings at all levels have made us one of the most successful schools at the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships in the last six years.

Each year we take part in the All England Schools’ Show Jumping at Hickstead, and in the Stonar ISODE where our riders have been consistently placed in both team and individual competitions at all levels.

Riding Staff

Equestrian Centre Manager: Fran Mitchell stables@cranleigh.org 01483 276426

Director of Riding: Sophie Spear ss@Cranleigh.org

Head of Riding: Chris Allison mca@cranleigh.org

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