The Ojai Valley School equestrian program gets students on horses starting in prekindergarten, and all students ride weekly through grade 3. Students in grades 4-12 have the option to continue to ride horses as their sport and compete as members of a school team.
Ojai Valley School welcomes riders of all levels, from experienced competitors to beginners and purely recreational riders. Our instructors have experience in hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage and combined training. Students also have the unique opportunity to work with guest instructors, including jumping coach Don Sachey, dressage instructor Paul Belasik, and our own OVS alumna Tiana Coudray, who visited after her appearance in the 2012 London Olympics.
At OVS, riding is among our most popular middle school and high school sports. Ojai Valley School is one of the few equestrian boarding schools in California with stables on campus, allowing students to walk from class to the barn to ride nearly every afternoon in place of sports or P.E. classes.
Students find numerous opportunities to improve their riding skills in a program that emphasizes athleticism, horsemanship, patience, compassion, perseverance, and hard work. Students learn to care for their horses, and enjoy time spent in the barn with close friends — both human and equine.