Riding at Pangbourne is growing in popularity and fast becoming very successful. Whether riders are looking to ride for the first time or have their sights set firmly on competing, Pangbourne Equestrian have a riding programme in place for boys and girls to further develop their skills.
A combined total of 25 riders enjoy Pangbourne Equestrian either as an activity or competitively. Riding is a minor sport at the College during the Michaelmas and Lent Term, and a major sport during the Summer Term. There are additional opportunities to ride every week, at all ages in agreement with both the Head of Riding and Director of Sport based on the Synergy Programme.
Pangbourne aims to provide a riding programme which caters for all abilities and ambition, offering a wealth of opportunities whilst allowing for other sporting commitments to run alongside.
For beginners or riders wanting to ride for fun on a more casual basis we have a wonderful working relationship with Cullinghood Equestrian Centre, where riders can opt to ride during their activity slot. The College’s lower yard at Hillfields Farm provides the base for competitive riders where horses can stay on part livery, weekly training sessions take place and additional preparation for competitions can be provided.
Pangbourne Equestrian have continued their run of success with numerous wins and top 10s across all disciplines at a regional, county and national level. Pangbourne Equestrian currently hold the Intermediate Berkshire County Team title as well as individual county and national titles.
Pangbourne Equestrian are a member of the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA). Our full and varied competition calendar provides a multitude of opportunities for riders to compete at many of the prestigious and showcase events such as the Royal Windsor Horse Show, the Schools Showjumping Championships at Hickstead, the Inter-Schools One-Day Event at Stonar and the NSEA National Championships. Riders looking to ride competitively pay an annual £60 subscription, inclusive of the NSEA membership and entry fees (upon selection) to the showcase events.
The Equestrian team come together for our own in-house competitions and events which not only help to maintain team spirit but allow for an enjoyable and social event that can be enjoyed by activity riders, competitive riders as well as parents and teachers alike.
Alongside the showcase events we offer the Pangbourne Equestrian Summer Training Camp, normally run towards the end of the summer holidays - the perfect opportunity to socialise, train and further develop and maintain team spirit with past, present and future Pangbournians eligible to join ahead of a new year of fixtures.
The annual Riding Dinner draws the year to a close and captures its success with many awards presented for The Most Improved Rider, The Excellence Award, The Contribution to the Club, The Endeavour Award, as well as the award for The Horse that has Given the Most to its Rider. With slideshows of the year in pictures and the selection of new Team Captains, it is always a memorable occasion.