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Riding and academic excellence for more than 100 years

Our exceptional equestrian program sets Walker’s apart from its private school peers.

Riding has been part of life at Walker’s since its founding in 1911. The social, emotional and character-based lessons that come from a passion for equestrian sports are consistent with our School’s history and mission.

Walker’s is one of only a small number of boarding schools that offers an equestrian sport. Many of Walker’s most supportive alumnae have been riders at the School and a number continue to compete at the highest levels regionally and nationally. Our Equestrian Center is located on campus, so you are just steps away from your horse and your equestrian activities. Our Riding program is staffed by accomplished horsewomen who have decades of competition and training experience. We’ll support and challenge you so you can succeed competitively and academically.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Walker’s Equestrian Center is among the best of any school in the country and provides a strong foundation to maintain a best-in-class riding program. The Equestrian Center is on Walker’s 427-acre campus, providing ready access to the barn and horses, as well as winding trails and extensive turnouts.

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Please note that due to developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this event may be canceled or postponed. We will attempt to contact all registered participants prior to the event should plans change. Please be sure to check the riding calendar for the most up-to-date information. Thank you!

Recent Show Results

Saratoga Horse Shows

Walker’s equestrians took home several ribbons in the first week of the Saratoga Horse Shows.

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Lake Placid Horse Show

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A Walker’s Training Lasts a Lifetime

Our nationally-recognized trainers, Linda Langmeier, Jo Seaver ’99, and Randi Booth, have the expertise to coach riders at all level and they work with students to attain any set of goals our students strive to achieve. They are lifelong horsewomen who share a passion for the sport and a love of teaching. Each has earned national titles for themselves or by working with students in hunter, jumper and equitation, bringing starting riders up through the levels or advancing seasoned riders to regional and national levels. The trainers also teach our weekly Ground School where students learn how to become fully-versed in horsemanship.

The barn is staffed seven days a week and our barn manager lives on campus, ensuring the utmost care for all horses.

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Program Leadership

Linda Langmeier

Head Trainer

Renowned trainer Linda Langmeier brings her world-class training to prepare team members for the national stage.

Jo Seaver

Senior Trainer

Award-winning trainer Joanna “Jo” Seaver '99 has trained hunters that have won ribbons at all major national competitions.

Randi Booth

Riding Instructor

Randi has been showing since she was a small child, and for the past 25 years she has been a trainer of children and adults at all levels.

Kristen Blatt

Barn Manager

Kristen is a graduate of Centenary University where she competed on the IHSA team. Kristen has worked as a barn manager for over 8 years.

From Our Riders

I love the riding program. I dedicate most of my time to riding when not in class.

Janet H. ’21

Janet Hedges

Riding at Walker’s has taught me about perseverance and commitment.

Sarah Y. ’22

Terry Allen Farm IEA Fall 2019

While riding is an individual sport, we fully support each other.

Ava S. ’21

Ava Strohmeyer and Julia Luciani

Core Program

For more than a century, riding has been part of daily life at Walker’s. We offer a best-in-class equestrian program led by nationally-recognized trainers, with on-campus facilities that are among the best of any school in the country. The program provides an extraordinary preparation, for both riding and life, with an emphasis on horsemanship, teamwork and personal growth. Riders of all levels are supported and students develop their riding skills at an exceptional rate, competing successfully at local, national and international levels.

Key Program Features 

  • National competition in the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL
  • Local and regional competitions including Vermont, Lake Placid, The Hamptons, Saratoga, HITS Saugerties, Tryon and Spruce Meadows
  • Fall competition in the Medal, Maclay and USEF Finals, as well as New England Equitation Finals and CHJA Finals
  • Hosting site for fall and spring USEF-rated competitions
  • Middle School and Upper School IEA teams
  • Year-round training and showing
  • Three lessons per week
  • Horsemanship and equine care classes
  • Train on your own horse or one of our many school-owned horses

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Horse Shows

Competitors participate in the Medal, Maclay, and USEF Finals, New England Equitation Finals, Winter Equestrian Festival, Devon Horse Show, Saratoga, and more prestigious horse shows throughout the country.

Horse Shows
Horse Shows

Walker’s Equestrian Team travels to a variety of shows recognized by local, regional, national, and international equestrian associations.

Riding Lessons
Lessons

Walker’s equestrian program offers three lesson packages that cater to the individual needs of our students.

IEA
IEA

The Ethel Walker School participates in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). Walker’s hosts two IEA horse shows per year and will compete in additional IEA horse shows within our region.

Equine Science
Equine Science

Equine Science, taught by licensed veterinarian Dr. Suzanne Piela, encompasses the anatomy and physiology of all the systems of the horse, nutrition, toxicology, parasitology, health management, neonatology, epidemiology, and sports medicine.

Summer Riding Experience

The Ethel Walker School’s Summer Riding Experience is an extension of the School’s renowned equestrian program. Since the early 90s, Summer Riding Experience has helped girls develop into complete horsewomen while having fun! The camp consists of daily riding sessions complemented with activities that include horse care, working with farriers and veterinarians, equine science, and general equestrian knowledge.

Note: The August 10-14 Day camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Camp Director and Assistant Director of Riding Randi Booth at rbooth@ethelwalker.org.

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