Riding at Grier School offers students the opportunity to develop skills through several programs designed to help riders achieve their equestrian goals. Anywhere from two to seven days a week, students ride with Grier’s professional riding staff. The facilities include six barns, two outdoor rings, two indoor arenas, and miles of trails. In order to accommodate all skill levels, the Grier School owns 50 horses which range from the quietest of horses up to junior hunters, equitation horses, and junior jumpers. Grier also offers boarding for privately owned horses.
The school's equestrian program emphasizes three styles of riding: Hunt Seat, which encompasses the classic hunter/jumper and hunt seat equitation style, Western, which focuses on the horsemanship and reining disciplines, and Dressage. The fundamentals taught within the Grier School Stables’ program stretch far beyond these three formats—our staff is proficient in an array of disciplines and is willing to help tailor each individual's needs into the daily program.
For those interested in competition, the Grier School riding program offers a multi-faceted Varsity riding program. Riders on the team have the opportunity to compete at all levels of horse shows, from casual schooling shows to rated competitions in multiple organizations. Grier School is a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. This format is a direct mirror of collegiate competition and offers the Varsity riders an opportunity to prepare for college recruitment. Outside of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, the Grier team regularly participates in USEF Premier and Regional Rated competitions, AQHA/APHA competitions, NRHA competitions, and USDF competitions. Between Grier's riding staff and college counseling staff, students begin exploring their collegiate equestrian options in 10th grade.
Outside of the Varsity riding program, Grier also offers Recreational riding for newer riders or those wishing to brush up on their skills. Much like the Varsity program, Recreational riding is designed to help students attain their goals. New riders, old riders, or “just-for-fun” riders are encouraged to participate in the nurturing atmosphere of the Recreational riding department. Many students begin within Recreational riding and advance through to the Varsity program while others prefer to stay inside of the fun atmosphere of the Recreational program.
The Grier School emphasizes excellence within all of its programs and the riding program has proven year after year to uphold this standard. Please feel free to visit our staff page and contact any of the riding faculty to discuss the options available for you and your child within the Grier School Stables Program.