Fountain Valley School's beautiful setting on the rolling prairie of Colorado Springs offers a magnificent backdrop for the School's equestrian program. All students can take advantage of training in both English and Western horseback riding, regardless of experience level.
Western riding has been offered for more than 75 years, and the program strives to educate, engage and share the unique experience of horsemanship, riding and competition throughout three seasons. Under the direction of Beth Hiatt and Clara Sweeney '10, the first two seasons are dedicated to education and training. In the spring, the focus on education continues but more advance riders prepare to compete in spring gymkhana event.
The School’s English riding program was started in 2003 by Riding Director Ann Hanna, and it has been one of the most successful competitive programs on campus. Beginning riders are encouraged to participate and learn the basics of horsemanship and hunter jumper skills, but the School also sponsors a competitive Interscholastic Equestrian Association team. The IEA team has won two national championships (2007 and 2010) and most recently was the Zone 8 Reserve Champion in 2015.