Founded in 1914, The Knox School’s Equestrian Program is the longest-running sports activity. Our riders learn and grow in our historic, horse-shoe-shaped equestrian center where students may choose to boar their own horse or ride one of the many Knox show horses and ponies. Having recently undergone an impressive renovation, our state-of-the-art equestrian riding ring was designed and installed by industry leaders who created some of the finest show rings including the Longine Global Championship Tour.
Knox student-riders learn that any goal can be reached through cooperation with the highest qualified teachers and trainers, an exemplary work ethic, and a growth mindset. Knox equestrians are not just taught to ride horses – our expert trainers instill in them a confidence to command one of the strongest animals in creation, and an ability to weigh the risks versus the reward of every decision they make – both on and off the horse.
There is no such thing as luck when you are a Knox Equestrian. There is only commitment and dedication to practicing until you reach excellence, each and every time you ride or complete any task. Knox equestrian students – in fact, all Knox students – leave their Home Beside the Shore with an exemplary work ethic and an unmatched drive to achieve excellence in all they do.
Knox Equestrians learn the etiquette to present themselves daily as “show ready,” from their crisp, professional uniforms to their clean and shiny boots. Our trainers consistently model the value of respecting the horses for the service they provide to our students and demonstrate how to show care and empathy to another living being.
The Phebe T. Phillip Byrne ’68 Equestrian Center is a historic horseshoe-shaped stable that received a full renovation just prior to the covid-19 pandemic. Housing 18 horses and ponies, Knox Equestrians may board their own horses or ride one of our four-legged family members at Varsity and Junior Varsity practices.
Knox Students at the Wellington Winter Equestrian Festival
Each winter, the Knox Varsity Equestrian Team has the option to live and learn in West Palm Beach, Florida to compete in the multi-month Wellington Equestrian Festival. Under the supervision of trainers and chaperones, these elite student-athletes ride daily, live as a community and continue their studies in live, synchronous settings with their peers on our Long Island, New York campus. Our program highlights include:
- Daily training with Master Instructors
- Boarding for personal horses
- Continuous, remote learning with Knox teachers
- Transportation to and from the airport, horse shows and training, and for various activities throughout the duration of their stay in Florida
- 24/7 Supervisions from Knox Chaperones
For information about all Knox Equestrian programs, please call the Equestrian Center at (631) 686-1600 ext. 437 or 410.