Girls learning, leading, succeeding
Join Olympic medalist and coach Greg Best at the Dana Hall School Summer Training Academy. The Academy aims to produce the strongest and most knowledgeable community of riders. Best’s training will be focused on horsemanship instead of showmanship, working to better connect riders to their horses.
The Academy will offer two, four-week sessions with Greg Best and his coaching team. Enrollment is limited and will be primarily for Dana Hall students; a couple of slots will be available for outside riders. The Academy is a full immersion program with individualized attention focused on equitation and horsemanship.

SESSION I:

Developing the Relationship with your Horse & Gaining the Competitive Edge

Part One: Training at Home Base
June 19 - July 1
Karen Stives ’68 Equestrian Center

Part Two: Prepare for Success in the Show Ring
July 4- 9
Vermont Summer Special (Manchester, VT)
July 11–16
Manchester Summer Festival (Manchester, VT)

SESSION II:

The Road to Finals

Part One: Training at Home Base
August 7-19
Karen Stives ’68 Equestrian Center
 
Part Two: Excel in the Show Ring and Learn how to Prepare for Finals
August 22- 27
Fieldstone Summer Showcase, Fieldstone Farm (Halifax, MA)

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  • Session Information

    Karen Stives Equestrian Center:

    The first two weeks will be spent at Dana Hall School's Karen Stives Equestrian Center (KSEC), a state of the art facility, where Best will offer individually tailored lessons, detailed discussions and instruction on topics including but not limited to: horse care, riding theory, nutrition, course design, sports psychology and equine biomechanics.

    Vermont Summer Festival or the Fieldstone Summer Showcase:

    The following one to two weeks of each session will be spent competing at the prestigious Vermont Summer Festival or the Fieldstone Summer Showcase. The competition weeks will enable the riders to apply what they've learned and under Best's watchful eye and push themselves to excel in the show ring.

  • Meet the Coaches

    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.



    Sarah Summers '97

    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.

     


    Lauren Blacker

    Lauren is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with an Equine Business & Riding and Equine Science Degree. A Connecticut native, she has been riding for over 18 years in both the hunt seat and dressage discipline. Lauren teaches full time at Dana Hall and is also a coach for the IEA Team.  Lauren manages KSEC's summer riding camp and has also developed a student internship program during the school year designed to teach students horsemanship skills in exchange for lessons.





  • KSEC Facilities & History

    Facilities

    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 summer 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.

    History

    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 Ocala 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.

  • Program Information/Pricing

    Dana Hall Student/Alumnae

    The Summer Training Academy will be broken up into two fees:
    1. Two-week session at home: $1000/week
    2. Two-week session in Vermont will be billed at regular horse show rates.

    Includes:
    • Riders may use their own horse or use one of Dana Hall's
    • Daily riding lessons with a maximum of 2-3 riders (12 lessons total)
    • Training
    • Daily horsemanship lessons
    Excludes:
    • Riders housing and meal costs at home or show (we can assist you finding the most cost effective situation)
    • Riders transportation at home or show
    • All incidental costs (i.e. vet, farrier, clipping) for riders own horse. These costs will be covered for Dana Hall horses
    • Boarding (If horse is not currently living at Dana Hall)
    A $200 deposit is required after application.

    Non-Dana Hall Student/Alumnae

    The summer training academy will be broken up into two fees:
    1. Two-week session at home: $2,000/week
    2. Two-week session in Vermont will be billed at regular horse show rates.

    Includes:
    • Riders may bring their own horse or use one of Dana Hall's
    • Daily riding lessons with a maximum of 2-3 riders (12 lessons total)
    • Training
    • Horse boarding
    • Daily horsemanship lessons
    Excludes:
    • Riders housing and meal costs at home or show (we can assist you finding the most cost effective situation)
    • Riders transportation at home or show
    • All incidental costs (i.e. vet, farrier, clipping) for riders own horse. These costs will be covered for Dana Hall horses.
    • Lease fee for Dana Hall horse
    • Shipping own horse to and from Dana at the start and end of program
    A $400 deposit is required upon acceptance into the program.  

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