Equestrian Programme

Culford’s Equestrian Programme is open to all levels of rider from complete beginners through to advanced competition riders. Horse riding is an excellent way of learning coordination, practising teamwork and developing listening skills. Many of our international pupils choose to ride because it is an effective way of enhancing vocabulary and learning about a sport which is traditional to Great Britain.

We work closely with Barrow Hall Stables in Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds to offer high-quality instruction at the appropriate level for each individual. Lessons run during the activity programme but can also be arranged at alternative times for boarders. Barrow Hall offers a good level of facilities, including an indoor and outdoor school and show jumping and cross country fields when the weather is appropriate. During the holidays Barrow Hall Stables offer bespoke training sessions in show jumping which are exclusive to Culford pupils. Many of our pupils choose to keep their horses at Barrow as well although this is not a requirement of being a team rider.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in local inter-school competitions and there is an encouraging and positive spirit amongst our team. All of our team riders must show a positive attitude towards both each other and their horses; a high regard for animal welfare are expected by any pupil riding with Culford. Those who are riding at a suitable level and committed to competing regularly are registered with the National Schools Equestrian Association and encouraged to represent the school in both individual and team competitions. We have some pupils who are riding at a national level and Culford are standing National Champions at Hickstead (2018 title).

Anyone interested in competing or learning to ride should contact Ms Radlett in the Senior School who will be happy to answer any questions.


There are currently 18 pupils at Culford who compete at a range of heights in National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) competitions and many who compete out of school. A few are also competing at higher levels including national, international and championships. In the past, Culford has had success at the championships including a top 5 placing and a National Champion in 2010.


  • NSEA events run from 50cm to 1.10m
  • Disciplines
  • Dressage
  • Show Jumping
  • Eventing
  • Jumping with Style (JwS)