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.