Equine Studies

Equine Studies holds an integral place at St Paul’s College encompassing a rich history in excess of 40 years of developing students’ equine skills, advancing them to be capable well rounded horse-people with the potential to further pursue tertiary training and career opportunities in the horse industry.

With a purpose-built Equine Centre adjacent to the main College campus, our equine facilities incorporate multiple training arenas, secure tackrooms, day yards, and individualised sheltered agistment paddocks. Our students are also able to utilise the College horses, or they may bring their own horse.

Our fully accredited instructors bring a variety of skill sets and depth of experience and are thus able to deliver a tailored equine learning experience primarily, but not limited to, the Olympic disciplines of dressage, show-jumping, and cross-country.

St Paul’s is dedicated to offering students interested in Equine pursuits to flourish and expand their knowledge and ability with a concise program of theory and practical application by fully accredited coaches. Our program is a great foundation leading to further tertiary study or careers in the Equine sector through our Stage 5 and 6 Equine Studies Program.

Stage 5 Equine Studies (an elective study for Years 9 & 10) – This course consists of both theory and practical learning experiences. Students follow the Equestrian Australia (EA) ENSW Equi-Skills program leading to certification in Introductory Riding and Horse Management. These certificates form part of the pathway toward national accreditation as an EA coach. 


Years 7 & 8, Semester 1 starts with fortnightly group riding lessons focusing on skill development.

Years 7 & 8, Semester 2 – weekly riding lessons + out of class time, weekly group lessons.  In Year 8 students are instructed in theoretical instruction based on the technology.

Years 9 & 10 Equine Studies (elective subject) – weekly group riding lessons focusing on skill development within dressage, show jumping, eventing, show hacking, gymkhana events and lungeing and driving.

Years 11 & 12 Equine Studies (elective subject) – High School Certificate (HSC) Board Endorsed Course involving extension of theoretical knowledge and further skill development from previous years.  This course does not contribute towards the ATAR.

Daily group riding lessons are available after school with our accredited teaching staff.