Riding Traditions

For more than 100 years, riding has been part of daily life at Walker’s. Several time-honored traditions have been enjoyed by the community for generations:

Riding Chapel

A time when the equestrian team educates our student-body on riding terminology and concepts through riding demonstrations, group grooming lessons, and treat etiquette.

Halloween Ride

In teams of four or five riders, students will choose a theme and dress in costume to participate in a jumping relay. They will be judged in two categories: Power & Speed and Costume.

Holiday Ride

Following holiday vespers and banquet, the whole school community makes their way to the barn to watch our annual holiday ride. The equestrian team will perform a drill team exercise in costume, with music, and our Acapella group, The Grapes, will perform a few holiday favorites. There’s always hot cocoa, cider, and candy to finish the night before we leave campus for winter break.

Alumnae Ride

Every spring, during Reunion Weekend, our equestrian alumnae are invited to the barn to learn about the equestrian program as it is today and participate in a lesson or trail ride using our top school horses.

Senior Ride

Preceding commencement, graduating seniors will have the opportunity to do a riding demonstration for our school in the front lawn of Beaver Brook, our main academic building. Our riding staff will set up a course of our finest Ethel Walker jumps and seniors can express themselves in their choice of music to be played during their course as they complete their final ride on campus.