Girls learning, leading, succeeding
Dana Hall School students are welcome to board their horses at the Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center. Every effort is made to accommodate the boarding needs of our students.
Our excellent staff of equine professionals provides continuous care ensuring the safety and well being of our horses and our riders at all times. Veterinary and blacksmith care are coordinated by the KSEC's Horse Care Coordinator, ensuring personalized care to meet the individual needs of each horse.


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  • Facilities

    The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center features:

    • A large barn area complete with 45 stalls
    • Two indoor arenas with dust-free footing (the more expansive of the two is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, new jumps, and mirrors)
    • 12 turnout paddocks
    • The Cookie DeSimone Arena is a 200 x 200 outdoor arena with dust-free footing and a complete set of horse show jumps. It honors former Head Trainer Cookie DeSimone, who retired in 2016 after 44 years of service at Dana Hall School. 
  • Competition

    Students have the opportunity to compete at both local and "A" rated shows on the East Coast and the Winter Equestrian Festival Florida circuit.
    The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center is represented regularly with riders qualifying and showing at regional and national finals, including the prestigious fall indoor horse shows.
  • Lessons

    There are a variety of lesson program options available to Dana Hall students. Students are taught in private, semi-private and group lessons, based on the needs of each rider and her schedule and ability level.

    LEARN MORE: Lesson Program


Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center
160 Grove St. Rear
Wellesley, MA 02482

Phone: 781-237-0728

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  • Math Modeling

    Favorite Assignment
  • Varsity Tennis

    Favorite Activity
  • Winning the EIL Championship

    Favorite Memory

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  • Audrey

    "My absolute favorite Dana Hall memory of all time is winning the EIL Championship for tennis! Dana Hall Varsity Tennis faced our toughest rival for our last match. Everyone was watching that match; I remember the moment when I won my match and the whole team came out running and screaming onto the court. We were all hugging and smiling at each other. I was so proud to be a Dana Hall student-athlete."