Asheville School stables, Ireland Riding Ring and picturesque riding trails make Asheville School a great place to ride. Our Equestrian Program offers lessons for riders, from beginners through advanced levels.

Beginners learn basic horsemanship, including grooming, tacking up and basic riding techniques in English style. Advanced riders spend most of their time honing their skills either on the flat area within the ring or over jumps as skills permit.

The program is offered as an afternoon activity. In addition to daily riding on class days, students are encouraged to attend off-campus equestrian activities such as horse shows, hunter paces and trail rides. Students have shown in horse trials, dressage, hunter/jumper, gymkhana and open horse shows.

The school provides horses for students who do not own their own horses. Those students who wish to bring their horses to school may board them at the Asheville School stables for an additional cost.

Equestrian Studies Director Diane Wilson is a graduate of the Talland School of Equitation in Great Britain. She brings more than 25 years of experience in training and teaching riding, and she has competed in side-saddle, hunt seat, saddle seat, hunter/jumper, dressage, eventing and barrel racing.

For the most advanced students, Asheville School offers Exceptional Equestrian, a time for students to travel off campus and train at a local hunter/jumper barn.

Asheville School Stables

Asheville School Stables are home for school-owned horses and for horses that students choose to board while studying at Asheville School. Students may ride on trails or use the Ireland Riding Ring. The Ireland Riding Ring provides equestrians with the opportunity to train on the basics of horsemanship and to jump. The ring was provided through the generosity of Kate Ireland and Louise Ireland Humphrey.