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Lesson Program
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.


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  • Lesson Information

    The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center staff makes a concerted effort to accommodate each student's lesson requirements, so that riding may be incorporated into even the busiest schedules. Students will be placed into lesson time slots of 45 minutes for private and semi-private and at least 1 hour for group lessons. Our staff will place students into lesson slots to help their schedules stay manageable, sometimes meaning that upper schoolers will ride in a free period or during a study hall.

    Physical Education Credit:

    Students may elect to take riding for physical education credit that involves at least two lessons. Middle school students ride on Tuesday and Thursday along with a comprehensive lecture series on Wednesdays.

    KSEC Enrollment Agreement
  • 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. 


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."