Through the International Riding Academy's consistent cycle of preparing, performing, and learning, the Full-Time Riding Program prepares students for the rigors of collegiate and even professional riding. The Full-Time Program is an all-day program that integrates academics and riding for middle school and high school students. During the week, students attend school in the mornings, eat lunch at school with their peers, and attend early afternoon classes. Students leave school early at 2:30, and spend their afternoons focusing on improving their riding and horse management. Depending on the student's schedule and progress, weekends can be spent competing in horse shows, putting in some extra practice, resting or enjoying one of the many attractions that Hilton Head has to offer.
Upon arrival, students are evaluated to determine their strengths and weaknesses utilizing video. Major emphasis is placed on adapting the program to each student's individual needs. The program's goal is to develop well-trained, confident, athletic competitors who excel in the competitive arena.
A typical day at iRiding:
|7:30 am||-||bus to school|
|8:15 am||-||2:30 pm||-||school|
|2:45 pm||-||5:30 pm||-||riding, training, horse care and management|
|6:30 pm||-||7:30 pm||-||dinner|
|7:30 pm||-||9:00 pm||-||study hall|
The Full-Time Junior Riding Program includes:
- Daily individual or group hunter/jumper or equitation lessons with our head trainer and our highly qualified trainers on the student's own horse
- Daily additional training on an iRiding Academy horse
- Maintenance training of the student's horse as needed by our skilled and qualified trainers to keep the student's horse competition ready
- House accommodations with a maximum of 2 students per room, accommodations are spacious and feel like home
- Healthy meals are provided daily at home to ensure proper nutrition for our students
- Full time supervision by house parents
- Daily transportation to and from school and the stables
- Assistance with horse show schedules and competitive experience
- College placement assistance
If you are an international student (Non U.S. citizen or resident) please see our visa procedures for information and requirements.
* Academy students are expected to show on a regular basis with our trainers accompanying, and participate in the ANRC (American National Riding Commission) Outreach Program and compete as a team (middle and high school). Trailering fees, hotel and related fees, and competition costs are not included in the Academy fees as they vary depending on each rider's individual show plan, which is worked out prior to each term with our Head Trainer, Sandra McCarthy, the student, and the parents.
* The full-time Academy runs during the school terms (August-May). The residence will be closed for two weeks during the Christmas/New Year holidays.
* The Academy also has show ponies and horses to lease on a term-by-term basis for an additional fee, often at a nominal rate.
* Full-time students can either live at home or stay with our house parents and attend Hilton Head Preparatory School. This residence program ensures that students are well-supervised and well-supported.