Where learning moves out of the classroom and into the barn
An integral part of the Oldfields experience since 1867, the Oldfields Riding Program is dedicated to inspiring our riders to pursue a path of continued growth. Our goals are to develop and enhance a yearning for knowledge, to value the character of the horse and the integrity of the sport, to honor the path of the individual, and to savor the process of learning and the lessons discovered from our relationships with horses.
At Oldfields, there is no "typical lesson." Our lessons are tailored to the needs and goals of each individual. Some days, our riders might drill gymnastics or practice a dressage test. Others, they will experience the thrill of galloping in an open field or introducing their horse to working equitation obstacles.
Our accomplished and knowledgeable trainers create an exceptional and well-rounded curriculum. Above all else, we value horsemanship and our equine partners. Our barn is an inclusive place that strives to create a safe, inviting, and supportive environment in which all riders can grow.
"The barn crew not only helped me become the rider I want to be, but taught me so much more. It is through my time in the saddle that they taught me to stop, take a step back, and think about situations that frustrate me. Even if I feel like I hit a wall, I just need to be patient with myself, and try a different approach until I am able to overcome the obstacle that has stumped me. They have taught me to laugh at my own mistakes, and not take them too seriously."
Sophia, Oldfields Class of 2022
“The Riding Program is extraordinary with so many choices of disciplines combined with the opportunity to learn from elite guest instructors. Best of all, my daughter was encouraged to grow as a rider at her own pace and participate in ways that were comfortable for her. The knowledge, confidence, and joy she gained from this experience was invaluable!”
Katherine Burdsall Heller, Parent, World Cup Finals Winner
"Oldfields Riding program led by wise and compassionate instructors guided my granddaughter from an insecure adolescent to a confident young woman. Riding empowered her to develop mentally, physically, and emotionally. She reached many of her riding goals including earning a top placing at the Zone 3 Jumper Finals."
Faye Richardson, GP '22