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Equestrianism, the art of riding and handling a horse is a feature of many private schools with excellent equestrian facilities for students. Equestrian is a fun and thrilling sport that needs practice. In private schools, equestrian classes take place in the Physical Education time allocation or after regular school hours. Equestrian schools of this type offer lessons for in-barn work and practical riding. Equestrian schools can be co-ed, day, or boarding schools and experienced trainers are available for equestrian classes. Students can compete in various equestrian disciplines and have access to horse-related knowledge and competencies. Some schools have private camps that provide professional instruction for beginner through advanced riders, both kids and adults.

Some of the equestrian programs in schools include:

  • Riding equitation, including dressage and jumping for advanced riders
  • Horsemanship, including grooming, saddling, bridling, and stable management
  • Care and safety for horse and rider

Career emphasis areas include training, teaching, massage therapy, horse health, barn management, farrier and forging. Equestrian schools feature scenic woods trails, barns and an arena. Advanced riders may have a cross country course. Senior campers may also work on dressage and jumping. Dressage is a test of overall training and obedience of a horse. Girls who are passionate about riding can also join equestrian classes. Studies show that working with horses enables students to develop poise, assertiveness and confidence. Riding has become increasingly popular as recreation in many parts of the world, particularly in metropolitan and suburban areas. Eventing, show jumping, endurance, polo, western, horse ball and vaulting are some other exciting sports associated with horses.

Students at Equestrian schools work to improve their own skill base and theoretical understanding of horses. A good understanding of horses helps to develop this hobby and activity in a better way. Students who love the outdoors and horses can develop equestrianism into a fine leisure pursuit that can give several benefits and rewards.

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List of Equestrian Schools


  • Name
  • Cost
  • Branksome Hall (est. 1903)   10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1N4
    (Bloor Street East / Mount Pleasant Road)

    • JK to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (834 students)
    • Boarding school (66 students)
    Branksome Hall is an all girls school in Toronto, from JK to Grade 12, including 56 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,995 to $31,245 for day students.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $29,590 to $56,855 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls 29590 3-17 Toronto,

    Brookes Shawnigan Lake   2371 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W5

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Boarding school (110 students)
    Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB boarding school on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 7 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $9,500 to $44,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 9500 12-17 Shawnigan Lake,

    Upper Canada College (est. 1829)   220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8
    (St Clair Ave W / Avenue Rd)

    • K to 12 (Boys)
    • Day school (1072 students)
    • Boarding school (88 students)
    Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    $30,860 to $61,560 /year
    Day & Boarding Boys 30860 4-17 Toronto,

    Urban Academy (est. 2001)   101 Third Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 2P9
    (Royal Ave / Third Street)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (180 students)
    A premier private school for students from JK - Grade 12, Urban Academy develops the innovators and leaders of the future by linking their classroom learning to real life experiences.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Standard- enriched
    • Arts-intensive
    $8,500 to $12,500 /year
    Day Coed 8500 3-17 New Westminster

    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)   12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1
    (240th Street / Dewdney Trunk Road)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (562 students)
    Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. See for yourself and join us for a tour every Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    $20,400 to $30,400 /year
    Day Coed 20400 3-17 Maple Ridge,

    Selwyn House School (est. 1901)   95, chemin Côte St. Antoine, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 2H8

    • K to 11 (Boys)
    • Day school (540 students)
    Selwyn House School provides a well-rounded education of exceptional depth and scope for boys from Kindergarten to Grade 11. It is located in Westmount, Quebec.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • French immersion
    $17,500 to $22,500 /year
    Day Boys 17500 5-16 Westmount

    Ridley College (est. 1889)   P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7C3
    (Ridley Road / Henrietta Street)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (307 students)
    • Boarding school (358 students)
    Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    • Christian
    $14,500 to $60,900 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 14500 3-17 St. Catharines,

    Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)   205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, New York, 14222
    (Soldiers Circle / Chapin Parkway)

    • 9 to 12 (Girls)
    • Day school (178 students)
    • Boarding school (47 students)
    Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Accelerated
    US $19,840 to $46,715 /year
    Day & Boarding Girls 19840 14-17 Buffalo,

    Alexander Academy (est. 2013)   #200 - 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1P1

    • 8 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (50 students)
    Alexander Academy is a private secondary school approved to offer the BC Ministry of Education curriculum in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Arts-intensive
    $13,500 to $16,800 /year
    Day Coed 13500 13-17 Vancouver,

    Mulgrave School (est. 1993)   2330 Cypress Bowl Lane, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 3H9
    (Upper Levels Highway / Cypress Bowl exit)

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (900 students)
    Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    $17,195 to $21,370 /year
    Day Coed 17195 2-17 West Vancouver,

    St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)   15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7
    (St. John's Sideroad / Yonge Street)

    • 5 to 12 (Boys)
    • Day school (367 students)
    • Boarding school (259 students)
    St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $27,825 to $57,940 /year
    Day & Boarding Boys 27825 10-17 Aurora,