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Equestrian education has become an integral part of our competitive and recreational sports programme with an increasing number of students taking the reins.

At Iona, riders of all levels are participating across disciplines including dressage, show jumping, in-hand and polo.

Iona Equestrian

In 2017, we were delighted to launch ‘Iona Equestrian’ in partnership with Golden Oaks Equestrian NZ – a superior purpose-built equestrian facility. At Golden Oaks, the Iona Equestrian experience offers a year-round comprehensive programme, providing riders across all levels access to their horses during the school term as well as professional mentoring and training to develop their riding and horsemanship skills.

Girls benefit from access to some of the country’s top coaches and will develop personal rider development goals with our resident trainer and national eventing champion, Amanda Pottinger.

Saddle Up

The ‘Iona Equestrian – Saddle Up’ lease and lesson programme is also available for those girls who do not have their own horse but are interested in learning to ride.

Situated seven kilometres away, Golden Oaks is only a few minutes’ drive from the school and in close proximity to the Hawke’s Bay Equestrian Park, home of the local Pony Club.

In addition to, and as important as rider development, is personal development

Being part of a like-minded team, which supports each member, no matter what level of ability and experience is a core part of the programme.

Girls will be encouraged to set attainable goals to extend their riding abilities. Individual success will be celebrated within the group. Principles of sportsmanship, courtesy, dedication, and personal responsibility will develop the girls’ character.