At Cornish College, horse riding is not just a sport, it’s a partnership. Whether you have your own mount, or you get to know one of the lovely horses or ponies at Jolong Park, the connection that can be achieved between a rider and a horse is special.
Riding can lower your stress levels, improve your wellbeing and give you a sense of freedom that no other sport can match.
Some people ride simply to relax and unwind outdoors. Others want to focus on training and learning new skills such as dressage or jumping. When you ride, you never stop learning! This gives you a powerful sense of achievement, especially as you make progress towards new goals.
Riding combines a cardiovascular workout with a rewarding mental challenge. It helps improve your fitness and balance, builds muscle tone, encourages muscle strength and improves hand-eye coordination and joint mobility. It helps a rider to manage their emotions as they share the riding experience together with their mount.
Horse riders are typically a social crowd and with a shared love of horses, riders at Cornish College may make friends for life.
Prep to Year 12 students are able to attend equestrian lessons at Jolong Park Equestrian Centre, a world-class horse facility and Australian Government Accredited Registered Training Organisation, located across the road from Cornish College at 128 Riverend Road, Bangholme.
Small group lessons for Cornish College students run Tuesday and Friday after school hours at 4.00pm and 5.00pm during the school term. As groups are differentiated, new riders are asked to book an assessment lesson to determine their skill level and their group allocation. Please contact Jolong Park, 9776 3184, to arrange an assessment lesson after making your booking.
There are 8 lessons each term, with additional make-up lessons provided if required. Jolong Park will notify parents of each term’s start date.
General Riding Program
Tuesday 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Friday 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Please speak to staff at Jolong to discuss options for specialised programs.
There are 90-minute group lessons (built into the 2-hour time allotment) for student riders. A horse can be supplied. Students will spend at least 45 minutes on their horse with approximately 45 minutes focused on theory, horsemanship and ground management skills.
Assessment lessons are booked through Jolong Park.
Cornish College Bus 6 can transport the equestrian students to Jolong Park for their lessons at no additional cost. Please be advised that students crossing Riverend Road without adult supervision is highly discouraged.
NB: All Cornish College students are covered by the College’s insurance for this activity.
As this is a school activity, we ask that students wear their sports uniform. School tracksuit pants are suitable to ride in initially before purchasing jodhpurs. If you do wish to purchase jodhpurs, the Cornish College equestrian uniform allows for either navy or beige jodhpurs.
For colder weather, students may wear their sports jacket or parents may wish to purchase an appropriate riding vest/jacket (ideally navy) and riding gloves. Riders are expected to purchase their own helmet, gloves and boots.
“The staff were most welcoming and fantastic with both the parents and the kids, and the facilities are amazing. Can’t wait to see how our equestrians progress. Thank you for organising it all.” Emma Hartridge
“Our girls attended their first lesson on Tuesday and to say we were impressed would be an understatement. The hospitality was out of the top drawer, with the team extremely accommodating and very friendly, displaying patience and a positive attitude throughout. The facilities are fantastic, both for riders and spectators.” Bruce Stradling
Equestrian riders at Cornish College have opportunities to compete in both dressage and show jumping competitions. If you are riding or interested in riding, please let Andrew Goodman know so that we can keep our riders’ details up to date.
For details on the 2020 Interschool Series, please view the Victorian Equestrian Interschools Calendar.
For more information on how your child can participate in the Cornish College Equestrian Program, contact Andrew Goodman or call (03) 9781 9000.