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Stoneleigh-Burnham School Equestrian Facility Receives Prestigious British Horse Society Approval

December 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Greenfield, MA – November 19, 2013: The Equestrian Center at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been certified as a British Horse Society-approved Livery Yard, Riding School and Facility, making it the first and only secondary school equestrian facility in the United States to achieve this prestigious status.


This recognition comes on the heels of Stoneleigh-Burnham School this fall becoming the first and only U.S. secondary school to teach the world-renowned British Horse Society (BHS) certification program for riders. Long recognized internationally for setting the highest standards for riding instruction, stable management, and horse training, the system set forth by the BHS complements Stoneleigh-Burnham’s dedication to providing students who aspire to careers in horsemanship with a firm academic footing at the high school level. Stoneleigh-Burnham School students who enroll in the BHS program will study under Equestrian Center Director George Halkett.


Unlike existing certification programs in the United States, the prestigious BHS certification is recognized in 32 countries worldwide. Graduates of the program are prepared to take their BHS international examinations to earn an international trainer’s passport, allowing them to begin equestrian careers in management roles across the globe. For particularly dedicated students, it will be possible to graduate with their high school diploma from Stoneleigh-Burnham and a full, certified international trainer’s passport through the BHS. To learn more about this program, contact George Halkett at ghalkett@sbschool.org or 413-774-2711.


The recent designation as a BHS-approved equestrian facility shows that Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Equestrian Center has been assessed against detailed criteria and recognized as being well-managed, offering first-rate care and high levels of horse husbandry, and showing general good practice throughout. In addition, it means that equestrian center staff have met the BHS high standards for training, qualification, and safety.


Since 1869, Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been preparing girls grades 7-12 for college and the world. Stoneleigh-Burnham is an academic community with an international perspective that inspires girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect and intellectual curiosity. Each student is challenged to discover her best self and graduate with the confidence to think independently and act ethically, secure in the knowledge that her voice will be heard. For more information, visit sbschool.org.


We will be hosting several upcoming shows:
Dec. 7, 2013 (Gold Cooler Jumper Series)
Jan. 11, 2014 (Gold Cooler Jumper Series)
Feb. 22, 2014 (Gold Cooler Jumper Series)
March 1, 2014 (IEA Zone 1/Region 7 Finals)
May 3, 2014 (Hunter/Equitation Horse Show)