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For further info contact:

Elle Ifill Academy Manager

021 119 6145


Annual Programme

The Equestrian Academy programme operates throughout the whole school year. 

An on-site horse programme, focusing on specialist coaching, operates throughout Term 1, the first half of Term 2, the second half of Term 3, and the whole of Term 4.


When horses are off-site over the Winter turn-out, the focus is on horse management and rider personal development. This includes off-site trips and on-site equine specialists (vets, farriers, racehorse studs, professional riders yards) and rider personal development (nutrition, mental skills and conditioning).


Weekly Programme

The Weekly/Daily programme includes training, coaching, horse care and rider personal development.


Equestrian Events

Interschool, Regional, and National Events – these are under direction of the Academy Director.


Equine Study Opportunities

Equine Courses are available to students as a curriculum subject, and can be added to individual Academic study programmes.


Other Extra-curricular opportunities – developing the ‘Whole Girl’

Equestrian will be the priority Sport for Academy riders.

Both the Summer and Winter Sport Programmes are structured for girls to participate in both other recreational and performance sports. Similarly, participation in other non-sport programmes (eg Music and Dance) can be managed and is encouraged.

For more information please contact Equestrian Director, Elle Ifill:

021 111 96145 -



Our Equestrian Academy Base is on the College grounds, with private access to the neighbouring Solway Showgrounds as our training base.

  • 20 x equiwire and post and rail fenced paddocks

  • Limed areas and yards (4m X 4m)

  • Hay/feed and Tack sheds

  • Covered and uncovered tie ups

  • Float parking

  • Solway Showgrounds facilities include all-weather arenas, full show-jumps and cross-country courses.



Elle Ifill - Equestrian Academy Director & Coach


Tinks Pottinger - Showjumping and Cross Country Coach

  • Performance Coach Specialist 

  • NZ Equestrian Eventing Olympic Medallist

  • Former EQNZ Eventing Performance Leader


Kate Tobin - Dressage Coach (BAgriSci)

  • Grand Prix Dressage Coach

  • 2017 U25 Grand Prix Reserve Champion

  • NZ U25 Dressage Representative 2017


Francesca Silver-Carter - Coach

  • 4* Event Rider

  • NZ Youth Talent Squad


Additional Coaching Team

We are very fortunate to have an additional team of talented coaches here in NZ contributing to rider development alongside the Academy Team Coaches.


Boarding at Solway College is highly affordable and compares favourably with similar schools. 

Solway Equestrian Academy Fee 

Full Time Academy Fee 2020 - $4,200

Part Time Academy Fee 2020 - $3,360 (Any 3 days Monday to Friday)

Fees are invoiced termly, along with any other costs relating directly to your horse


Additional Charges

Horse Weekend Paddocking and Care 



International Student Programme option and fees  

Please contact Director of International:



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