Founded in 1914, The Knox School’s Equestrian Program is a unique melding of competition and curriculum. Our comprehensive riding academy offers three levels of athleticism and horsemanship, from beginner to elite, with many of our student-athletes competing at the most renowned horse shows in the nation.
Equestrian Show Highlights:
Winter Equestrian Festival
Dr. Setsushi Katoh’s “Emergo”
Keiichiroh Katoh. Japan
The Hampton Classic
Dr. Catherine Bain’s “Effect Van Den Bisschop”
Chloe Bain. Trinidad and Tobago
Lake Placid Horse Show
Jennifer Lawrence’s “Over The Moon”
Maggie Lawrence. New York
Winter Equestrian Festival
Xie Family’s “Grandir K”
Yvonne Xie. China
Knox Equestrian is a riding academy that offers two different programs for our riders: The Varsity and Junior Varsity for students enrolled at the School.
Varsity Team: This elite program competes at the National Level and has Team practices at the Phebe T. Phillips Byrne Equestrian Center Tuesday-Friday afternoons with private lessons available on the weekends. Riders must lease or own a proper show horse. This team spends four months each year down at the Winter Equestrian Festival, then makes their way to Kentucky, Old Salem, Saratoga, Lake Placid, Vermont, Capital Challenge, The Washington Horse Show, and many more!
Junior Varsity Team: Intermediate program for riders with experience, knowledge, and ability to ride. Introduction to competition and jumping skills for riders looking to advance to the Varsity Team.
Our private clients receive professional, full-service care and training for the horse and rider. They are afforded the opportunity to travel with our Varsity Team to all National AAA Horse Shows.
History & Renovations
Founded in 1914, The Knox School’s Equestrian Program is the longest-running sports activity. Our riders learn and grow in our historic, horse-shoe-shaped equestrian center where students may choose to board their own horse or ride one of the many Knox show horses and ponies. Having recently undergone an impressive renovation, our state-of-the-art equestrian riding ring was designed and installed by industry leaders who created some of the finest show rings including the Longine Global Championship Tour.
Meet our Trainers
Knox student-riders learn that any goal can be reached through cooperation with the highest qualified teachers and trainers, an exemplary work ethic, and a growth mindset. Knox equestrians are not just taught to ride horses – our expert trainers instill in them a confidence to command one of the strongest animals in creation, and an ability to weigh the risks versus the reward of every decision they make – both on and off the horse.