Horsemanship is an option that may be substituted for the traditional PE Class. Beginning through advanced levels of both English and Western riding are taught. In addition to arena riding lessons, students improve their skills through a variety of games and trail rides.
Classroom instruction includes lessons on horse care, tack care, nutrition, health, careers, and a variety of related subjects.
The focus of the program is to build confidence and self esteem, develop relationship and team building skills, and discover talents while making riding a safe, fun and rewarding activity that students can continue to enjoy throughout their lives.
Advanced Horsemanship students may participate on the after school Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team. The IEA is for High School and Middle School riders and is modeled after the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association). In both associations, riders are asked to catch ride, that is, compete on an unfamiliar horse, and are judged on the equitation over fences and on the flat. The IEA shows are held at Stanford University, other Bay area barns and schools, southern California, and we also host shows at MVCS.
The MVCS Equestrian Team has been named Zone 10 (California and Arizona) High Point Champion team for 3 consecutive years (2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13). The High School Team qualified and competed at the IEA National Finals in 2012-13 and placed 3rd in the nation!
Be sure to take advantage of the annual Summer Equestrian Camps. If you are between the ages of 6 and 18, then join us for the summer and make your dreams come true!
Dates for 2013 Summer Camps:
Week 1: June 23 - June 29
Week 2: June 30 - July 6
Week 3: July 14 - July 20
Week 4: July 21 - July 27
Week 5: Aug 4 - Aug. 10
Session is full
For more information, please visit the Monte Vista Equestrian website.