High School Horsemanship

All horse lovers should

Experience Willow Hill Farm’s High School Horsemanship Program. Students enjoy horseback riding five or more times each week and participate in many other activities in our busy equestrian program such as Eventing, Drill Team, Dressage, and Jumping clinics. Willow Hill Farm’s boarding program offers students a family environment on a working farm, while attending a nearby public school.

Willow Hill Farm is located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, uniquely situated on 400 acres. A vast panorama of beauty greets viewers from the porch, stable-yard, or the indoor arena.’

Willow Hill Farm is a complete equestrian facility offering boarding, training, lessons, sales and breeding. High School students have the opportunity to see first hand the joys and realities of working and living with horses. Foal watch, training young horses, and going to competitions are some of the favorite activities.

Students learn to live and work together while increasing their riding skills. Chores each morning start the day before attending school. They share responsibilities in the household and in the stable. Our program gives students the knowledge to choose their own area of specialty within the world of horses. An integral part of our family life is having meals together twice each day. The importance of completing high school well is stressed.

Horsemanship skills are taught from the very basics to the skills needed to own a horse or get a job in the horse industry. For those who want to teach riding at a riding school, there are opportunities to observe and assist in teaching. Those who want to ride competitively as a dressage or event rider receive help in their specialty, and we offer opportunities for competitions.

Willow Hill staff are members of the United States Dressage Federation and the United States Eventing Association.

Horsemanship students attend a nearby school

Ausable Valley High School is located 2 miles from the farm and offers high school and college courses from Clinton Community College. Some of our students have a semester or two of college when they graduate. The student body is small and comfortable with 400 students in 4 grades. Applicants to the horsemanship program must contact AVCS, www.avcs.org, or the guidance counselor at 518-834-2811 for admission requirements. Tuition for students whose parents do not reside in the school district is $1000.