A Week in the Life ...
Millie and Sam – a typical week of riding
Millie and Sam
Millie is a full-time boarder in the Fifth Form, who keeps her horse Sam at our equestrian centre.
Her week will consist of lessons and sport, and also 3-4 visits to the centre to ride and care for Sam. She is also intending to compete with him this year.
Sam is a 15.2hh grey gelding, who loves jumping and lots of cuddles and attention!
Millie will head out to the equestrian centre on Monday afternoons, along with friends who also keep their ponies at livery, or who ride as part of our King's Package.
Pupils visit the equestrian centre under the guidance our Head of Equestrian, Emma Edwards, and are supported by other experienced members of staff.
Monday afternoons usually take the form of independent schooling, and hacking out along the adjacent bridleways.
Wednesday afternoons are busy and purposeful!
Millie and our full liveries, and those looking after a King's horse, are joined by friends who come to the equestrian centre for riding lessons.
Emma usually delivers two lessons on Wednesday afternoons, based on ability.
Sometimes external trainers are booked to deliver specific sessions that include both flatwork and jumping.
Pupils are expected to undertake basic stable management and prepare their own/our King's horses for riding – grooming, tacking up, and also keeping the yard and tack room in order etc. This offers those pupils who are still new to riding, the opportunity to enjoy some hands on, practical instruction in basic aspects of horse care.
Our equestrian centre caters for all levels and abilities, from beginners to experienced riders. Private lessons can be arranged with Emma, whether to improve seat and position, or in preparation for a competition.
On Friday afternoons, Millie and the other livery pupils will go to the equestrian centre for a couple of hours from 4.30pm to 6.30pm and again, they can choose to school their horses or head out for a hack.
As the weather improves, this becomes an ideal time to start preparing for competitions at weekends – so Millie would be involved in washing, plaiting, trimming, tack cleaning and general competition prep on a Friday, as well as squeezing in some time for schooling.
Emma teaches lessons to our prep school pupils from King's Hall on Saturday mornings.
Our ponies are quiet and well-mannered, and ideal for helping smaller children to gain skills and confidence under Emma's supportive guidance.
Sunday riding offers more choices again. Some pupils might go off competing, while others may choose to undertake some schooling or go out for a long hack.
Millie will be taking Sam to a number of different competitions this year, as an individual rider at local events and as part of the King's Schools Equestrian Team.
Sundays are also perfect for catching up on tack cleaning, tail washing and all those little tasks in between!