Co-curricular Riding Lessons
New Hall provides students with the opportunity to participate in weekly horse-riding lessons at Runningwell Equestrian Centre in Rettendon, as part of our co-curricular programme. Lessons are in small groups, based on ability and age of riders. A range of well cared for school horses and ponies are used for lessons ranging from lead rein ponies to ex-competition horses.
For those students who own their own horse(s), there are a wide range of competitions in which they may compete for New Hall. The majority of these take place in Essex and Suffolk and include: eventing, dressage, show jumping, jumping with style, hunter trials and triathlon.
New Hall has a thriving equestrian team which competes, throughout the year, at many NSEA Inter-School events, in all disciplines, including our own NSEAShow Jumping Qualifier in show jumping and dressage. For a number of years, our Equestrian team has qualified for the National Schools’ Equestrian Association Championships and has entered teams for the National Show Jumping Championships at Addington Manor.
New Hall also competes at local inter-school competitions, which can cater for more novice riders and are a great way for new members to get involved in team activities.
Director of Riding
Michael Paveley, Director of Riding at New Hall School, is a registered British Horse Society Instructor, a British Eventing accredited trainer and a Pony Club Chief Instructor and has competed inter-nationally at two star level. He holds UKCC3 (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate), which is the highest equestrian coaching certificate available. Michael has produced horses up to Advanced level eventing and examines at Pony Club up to A test.
As Director of Riding, Michael offers training sessions for members of the Equestrian Team and advice to the school on Equestrian matters. He also supports the team at major inter-school events, coordinating warm-ups and offering technical guidance during course-walks.
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