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The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center

Whether riding is the center of your life or a sport you've always wanted to pursue, at Dana Hall you can take the reins yourself.
Dana Hall is one of only a few New England schools to offer a comprehensive riding program and riding has been an option at Dana Hall since the 1930s. Located right on campus, the Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center offers complete stable facilities and classes ranging from beginner to advanced with instruction to suit every level of rider. We emphasize confidence, safety and control at every level, building confidence, self-discipline and teamwork through our focus on hunt-seat equitation.

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  • Facilities

    The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center features a large barn area complete with 45 stalls. Construction of the barn was completed in the Fall 2007. The Equestrian Center boasts two indoor arenas with dust-free footing and a large outdoor ring. The more expansive of the two indoors, the Larson Arena, is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, new jumps and mirrors. The facility also includes 11 turnout paddocks, four of which are on grass.
  • Boarding

    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 Barn Manager, ensuring personalized care to meet the individual needs of each horse.
  • 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. Students may elect to take riding for physical education credit that involves lessons and a comprehensive lecture series. 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 academic schedule.
  • Competition

    Dana Hall's 30-member interscholastic equestrian team competes throughout the year with other schools at the varsity,junior varsity and middle school level. Riders accumulate points both individually and as a team towards a national competition held in the spring. Dana Hall 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.

    Students also have opportunities to compete at both local and "A" rated shows on the East Coast and the Ocala Florida circuit in the winter. The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center 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.

    For more information about the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, visit
  • Student Interns

    The goal of the student internship program is to give students the opportunity to have hands-on horse management training and skills that can be used in the barn and in the future. Each day, interns are given activities that are involved with the daily operations of an equine facility. This may include assisting barn staff with equine health care, grooming school horses (clipping, pulling the mane, trimming whiskers, etc.), afternoon hay and feed, barn maintenance, as well as possible opportunities to assist with the veterinarian, farrier, dentist and massage therapist.

    Interns also help new students and beginner riders learn to tack up, untack, and groom their horses properly. These activities are taught and explained first before an intern will be expected to do them independently.

    Each month, interns put together a schedule of work days with a minimum of 30 hours per trimester in total.


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

Phone: 781-237-0728

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  • Math Modeling

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  • Varsity Tennis

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  • Winning the EIL Championship

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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."
    -Audrey '19