The school has a fine reputation for its equestrian activities and is
B.H.S. approved. Beginners start on a leading rein, gradually
moving on to riding on their own in the arena before coping with the
undulations of the parkland.
Lessons in the arena are where riders learn how to start, halt and steer. They enjoy exercises at the slower paces to aim for suppleness and an independent seat. Flatwork is used for practising transitions, rhythm, balance and feel; and jumping is introduced over very small x poles after the rider has shown sufficient balance. When bad weather prevents us from riding, we have various Stable Management sessions including educational videos and quizzes and general care of the pony.
The children take part in hunter trials, show-jumping competitions, gymkhanas and one-day events during the year and the North Herefordshire foxhounds hold two meets at the school, when children with the necessary skill have the opportunity to follow.
Safe ponies are encouraged to "board" at St Richard's with the children. As riders inevitably leave at the end of the sixth form, the school is always on the lookout for suitable mounts.
We aim to enable the children to enjoy their riding whilst, critically, never frightening or undermining them.
Please follow this link for a former pupil's account of riding at St Richard's and this one for the riding gallery.