SOLWAY EQUESTRIAN 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).
The Weekly/Daily programme includes training, coaching, horse care and rider personal development.
Interschool, Regional, and National Events – these are under direction of the Academy Manager.
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 Manager, 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.
19 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
Solway Showgrounds facilities include all-weather arenas, full show-jumps and cross-country courses.
Elle Ifill - Equestrian Academy Manager & 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
Jane Borren - Director of Sport Solway College
NZ Olympic Team 2012, Selector 2016
NZ Sport Governance/Management roles
Managed athletes on World and Olympic Campaigns over a 25 year career in sport
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
Horse Weekend Paddocking and Care
International Student Programme option and fees
Please contact Director of International: