Girls learning, leading, succeeding
Join us at the 2020 Dana Hall School Summer Training Academies. Each Academy aims to produce the strongest and most knowledgeable community of riders. Our training focuses on horsemanship instead of showmanship, working to better connect riders with their horses.
We will conduct individually tailored lessons and detailed discussions on topics including horse care, riding theory, nutrition, course design, sports psychology, and equine biomechanics. Our training techniques better help riders understand what motivates their horses and enable the horses to perform to the best of their abilities no matter their competitive discipline. The goal is to teach the students to be the best horsewomen they can be, and in the process of doing that, produce very competitive riders and role models.


  • Intermediate Training Academy with Candice King:

    June 16 - 20 2020

  • Hardcore Bootcamp with Greg Best:

    Week I July 7 - 11 2020, Week II July 13-17 2020

  • Advanced Training Academy with Greg Best:

    Week I August 4 - 8 2020, Week II August 10-14 2020

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  • Intermediate Camp

    • $1,000/ week Session for Dana Students, Family, and Alum, $2,000/week for non-Dana Hall Students
    • June 16-20 with Candice King
    • For riders who are jumping under 3' consistently in their lessons but who have advanced past the short stirrup level. 
  • Advanced Camp

    • $1,250 / Week For Dana Students, Family, and Alum, $2,500/ Week for non-Dana Hall Students
    • Week I August 4 - 8 with Greg Best
    • Week II August 10 - 14 with Greg Best
    • For riders who compete at the 3' level and above
  • Hardcore Bootcamp

    • $1,500/ Week for Dana Students, Family and Alum, $3.000/week for non-Dana Hall Students **Prices include breakfast and lunch as well as any outside workout coaches hired for workout sessions
    • Week I July 7 - 11 with Greg Best
    • Week II July 13 - 17 with Greg Best
    • For riders who have consistently been competing at or above the 3' who are looking for more of a challenge. The daily routine will include an hour workout, nutritional breakfast and lunch will be provided and riders will ride twice a day at least one time without their stirrups.

Summer Sessions

July 7 - 11
Hardcore Bootcamp Week 1         
July 13 - 17
Hardcore Bootcamp Week 2

August 4 - 8
Advanced Training Academy Week 1

August 10 - 14
Advanced Training Academy Week 2


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  • Meet the Coaches


    Sarah Summers '98

    Sarah grew up in Southeast Asia and began her riding career at Arthayasa Stables in Indonesia. While a boarding student at the Dana Hall School, she was an active member of Dana Hall's riding program. She continued her education at Tufts University and captained the Tufts Equestrian Team her junior and senior years. After graduation, Sarah returned to Dana Hall as an instructor and member of the barn staff and subsequently was promoted to Director of The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center. In addition to teaching and coaching the Dana Hall equestrian team, she also coaches Dana Hall riders at their horse shows.


    Carly Corbacho

    Carly grew up in Wellesley, down the street from Dana Hall and has been riding at Dana since she was 7 years old. Carly competed as a Dana Hall rider across the east coast on her own horses at shows including Capital Challenge and the Washington International Horse Show. She graduated from Boston University's Questrom School of Business where she also captained the equestrian team her junior and senior year. Carly has been working full time as a coach at Dana Hall since she graduated in June 2015, and she also is a coach at horse shows as well as a coach of the IEA team.

    Jennifer Burke '07

    Jen grew up riding at Dana Hall and graduated in 2007. During her time at Dana, Jen was an avid horsewoman, competing in the 3’6” Equitation and the Junior Jumpers. Some of her most notable junior riding moments include placing 6th at HBO Finals, making the top 25 at USEF Medal Finals and qualifying for Maclay Nationals and USET Medal Finals each year. She has extensive experience in both the IEA and the IHSA with a second place finish in the 2005 IEA National Leading Rider Varsity Open Championship and winning her IHSA region’s Cacchione Cup. Jen is very excited to be back at Dana Hall teaching and riding.

    Greg Best

    Greg is best known for his partnership with the gray American Thoroughbred show jumper Gem Twist. Together the duo earned individual and team silver medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and placed fourth at the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm. Greg resides in New Zealand where he has served as coach and selector for the New Zealand show jumping team. He spends much of his time traveling and teaching clinics all over the world. He is well regarded at Dana Hall where he has been a regular clinician during the past five years, and is currently the Dana Hall Head Coach.

  • KSEC Facilities & History


    The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center (KSEC) features a large barn complete with 45 stalls, and boasts two indoor arenas with dust-free footing and will be completing a new outdoor arena with dust-free footing in the fall of 2017.

    The more expansive of the two indoor arenas, the Larson Arena, is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, new jumps and mirrors. The facility also includes 11 turnout areas, four of which are on grass.

    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. 


    The riding program has been an integral part of the Dana Hall School’s campus life since the 1930s when Mr. Frederick W. Boswell led the program. Over its long history, the program has produced many talented riders and competitors, including two Olympians.

    The current equestrian program is nationally recognized with approximately 100 students and has been transformed under the leadership of Director Sarah Summers ’98 and retired Head Trainer Cookie DeSimone. The KSEC has trained riders who have achieved success at the local, regional and national level. Students also have opportunities to compete at both local and "A" rated shows on the East Coast and the Wellington Florida circuit in the winter.

    KSEC is represented regularly with riders qualifying and showing at the USEF Pony Finals and regional and national equitation finals, including the prestigious fall indoor horse shows. Dana Hall also has a strong presence in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone I, with many team members qualified to participate in the Zone and National Finals each year. Dana Hall is proud to be the home of the 2008 and 2011 National Champion Middle School Team.

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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."