The Sacred Heart Equestrian Center gives students the opportunity to learn the art of horsemanship in the quiet and reflective atmosphere of our 255 acre campus. Horseback riding lessons can be taken as part of our academic curriculum or as an after-school or weekend activity. Students may chose from three disciplines, Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, and Western and may ride recreationally or competitively. Horse boarding and after-school and weekend lessons are available to non-Sacred Heart students by arrangement.
Our facilities include a fourteen stall barn with two wash-racks and a locking tack room as well as a unique six stall barn that was built in 1856 and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The barns are cool, well ventilated, and equipped with insecticide misters for fly control. Thirty acres of fenced pastures are available for daily turnout and a lighted sand arena, a round pen, and several fields and wooded areas offer a multitude of riding options.
Boarded horses are turned out for a minimum of six hours per day, though turn-out times rotate with the seasons. In the summer, horses stay in under fans during the day and go out at night. In the winter, they stay in overnight and go out during the day.
In addition to the privately owned boarded horses that live at Sacred Heart, the Equestrian Center keeps and maintains a select group of horses that are used specifically for Sacred Heart Equestrian students. These horses are suitable for a wide range of riders, many of them able to carry beginners as well as advanced students, and are used both for lessons and for horse shows. Students are encouraged to come out and visit their favorite school horses, and even “adopt” a school horse that might need some extra TLC.
Showing is not a required or necessary part of the SSH Equestrian curriculum, however, students and boarders who are interested are welcome to join the SSH show team. Students who choose to join our team must keep in mind that they are representatives of our barn and our school and are expected to give one-hundred percent to the development of their riding skills and equestrian knowledge.
The Sacred Heart Equestrian Center hosts a variety of Equestrian productions throughout the year. These may include Hunter/Jumper and Dressage schooling shows, combined training events, Equestrian fairs, educational seminars, and play days. These productions are open to the public and Sacred Heart students and families are highly encouraged to help with planning and participation.
If the Sacred Heart Equestrian program interests you, please contact Susan Stites at (337) 662-3920.