The Center of It All

October 23, 2012 by Bill Ivey

It's all about the beanbags. The nine students in my Humanities 7 class had been adamant that we would able to fit the 22-27 relatives they were expecting for Family Weekend into our relatively small classroom, and when I demurred, they insisted that wherever we go, their beloved beanbag chairs should follow "because our parents should see what our class really looks like." So it was that I greeted Barbara, who was responsible this morning both for cleaning my regular classroom and for cleaning the Meeting Room where we would be moving for the day, at a bright and early 6:15 A.M. I had my temporary classroom set up, and chairs set out for visitors in the Jesser 3 classrooms, by 7:00, and zipped to the dining room to fill my travel mug with decaf (a special treat for a special day) and soy milk.

Filed Under: student voice, Family Weekend, On Education, On Parenting, In the Classroom, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, girls' school, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, International Baccalaureate, Equestrian Program, Uniquely Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Horses we Love

January 31, 2012 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

The following was originally published in the Spring 2007 Bulletin. At the time, Samantha Pleasant '02 was Associate Director of Admissions and a riding instructor here at SBS. Her words still reflect the feelings of so many students and alumnae that we wanted to share them here with you. We hope that you enjoy reading Sam's account of her own relationship with horses and what she observed in our students during her time here.

Filed Under: Middle School, Teaching, Alumnae, Grades 7-12 and PG, School Happenings, All-Girls, Boarding and Day, Riding, All Girls Education, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Horse Show, Equestrian Program, Uniquely Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Education

An Update from the Barn

April 13, 2011 by stefperry

Things have been quite busy the last few months. On top of hosting the normal array of horse shows at home, we also held a big Wall of Fame Induction ceremony in February and hosted the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 1 Region 3 Regional Finals in March.

Filed Under: Equestrian, Riding, Horse Show, Equestrian Program

A Busy Start to the New Year!

January 28, 2011 by stefperry

The atmosphere at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School Equestrian Center has been lively during the last few weeks. On January 15th we held a Jumper show which was well attended despite the subzero temperatures outside. The SBS girls did particularly well and three girls took first place! Full results from the day can be found on our website.

Filed Under: Equestrian Program

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

December 22, 2010 by stefperry

It's my first December at SBS - and wow - we certainly get into the holiday spirit here! With gingerbread houses, secret snowflake gift exchanging, and hilarious faculty skits, SBS dives right into the holiday celebration and the barn is no different.

Filed Under: Equestrian Program

New Trimester...New Adventures

November 29, 2010 by stefperry

This week marks the start of a brand new trimester which will usher in a whole new atmosphere around the barn. While there will be many returning students, we are excited to welcome many new students as well. The lesson schedules will change and there will be new group dynamics formed with these new combinations of riders. I'm eager to see returning riders continue to progress and to meet all our new riders! I can't say I'm looking forward to the coming cold of WINTER, but I'm thrilled so many riders are willing to brave the chilly temperatures this winter to come down to the barn (over 40 including both full time and part time riders!).

Filed Under: Equestrian, Riding, Horse Show, Equestrian Program

IEA, IEA, and more IEA!

November 11, 2010 by stefperry
It's a very busy time of year for the IEA team, which not only has shows on three consecutive weekends, but hosted one of those shows this past Saturday.
On Saturday, October 30 the team traveled to Biscuit Hill Farm in Shelburne, Mass. for Hopkins Academy's show. The team made a strong showing in all events, but key wins from Kelly in Open Flat and Leira in Beginner Flat allowed the team to cinch a second place victory. On the following Saturday, November 6, the team hosted their IEA show right here at SBS. Four other teams from Mount Holyoke, Hopkins Academy, King Oaks Farm, and Friendship Fields Farm travelled to our campus for the competition.
The show ran very smoothly despite the fact that home shows always seem tougher than away shows for many reasons. In the IEA, riders compete on strange horses provided by the hosting team. This means that the host team has the added stress of preparing and caring for all the horses needed for the day, as well as their normal focus on the classes in which they will be competing. Besides the horses, the team hosting is also responsible for running every aspect of the horse show, from in gate to jump crew to food. SBS's IEA team is very fortunate to have all the full time riders who volunteer so much time to help run the show and care for the horses.
Another stress of hosting a show is the added pressure in regards to horse draw. At a rider’s home show she knows and has ridden the horses provided. This can benefit the rider because she is able to ride a horse that she will be at least somewhat familiar with, but at the same time it can add significant pressure. From my years riding in IHSA I know the types of worries that can plague a rider: "I'm riding my team's own horses; I have no excuse not to ride well. Oh no! What if I do have a bad ride or miss a distance? I'm on my team's own horses! There's no reason for that! I'll really let my team down. I'll look foolish, etc. etc. etc." When you have the opportunity to ride familiar horses at a show, there's the benefit that you know them, but the challenge that sometimes you worry more about your performance with those horses than riding a strange horse at another team's show.
Despite the inherent difficulties in hosting an IEA show, the team gave an amazing performance this past Saturday. Our riders dominated in the ring and most finished within the top three of their class. Tess in her Open Fences, Callan in her Open Flat, and Alissa in her Novice Flat all won blue ribbons and overall the team truly performed very well. SBS not only won the show, but they did so with a margin of 14 points, cinching their place to compete in regionals later this season!
And now, this coming Sunday, November 14, we go straight into our fourth show of the season, which is hosted by Folly Farm in Simsbury, Conn. We are heading into the show with excellent momentum and I know that the girls will continue work their hardest and put in great performances.
Also this weekend, SBS will be holding a Hunter/Jumper show on Saturday. Many of our girls will be competing at this show, as well as many other riders from the local area and I look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces.

Filed Under: Equestrian, IEA, Riding, Horse Show, Equestrian Program

NEHC and Family Weekend

October 26, 2010 by stefperry

This past weekend was such a jam-packed weekend for SBS Riding that Marilyn and I had to split up for the whole weekend just to get everything done. Marilyn took several of our riders (Tess and Kelly) to Springfield for the NEHC Junior Medal finals while I stayed at school to organize and run the little horse show we hold during family weekend to give parents the opportunity to see their kids ride. It's Tuesday now, and Marilyn and I have been reunited. After comparing notes, we have decided that both equestrian events were a big success.

Filed Under: Equestrian, Riding, NEHC, Horse Show, Equestrian Program