The Sacred Heart Equestrian Center, is located on the campus at the Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, LA. The campus is located approximately 25 minutes north of Lafayette, LA. The Sacred Heart Equestrian Center offers lessons for riders, young and old, who wish to ride recreationally, as well as those interested in competing at the national level, and everything in between. Riders can pick from a variety of disciplines including Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, and a multitude of western events. Trained and qualified instructors teach mounted and in-hand classes so that the students gain a strong foundation not only in riding, but in all aspects of horsemanship. The Sacred Heart Equestrian Center is designed to teach riders important life skills while giving them a strong foundation in the art of riding and horsemanship. Responsibility, discipline, compassion, self-confidence, and adaptability are just a few of the life lessons learned through the riding program.
This unique program offers students at the Academy and Berchmans Academy the opportunity to participate in the riding program as part of their academic curriculum. There are also many opportunities for those who are not Sacred Heart students to participate in the program in the evenings during the week and on Saturdays.
Sacred Heart introduces Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team (IEA).
The team consists of both high school and middle school students. The competitions the team participates in are Hunt Seat Equitation , based on the rider. The rider draws a horse and competes on the horse they have drawn. Basically they are normally not used to the horse and have to adapt as riders. They team practices once a week. You can visit www.rideiea.org to learn more about the organization.