Riding has been a formal school sport at St Mary’s since the inception of the Equestrian Schools’ League in 2003. Competitive riding has expanded over the past years and the School League allows riders to compete in many disciplines. The main disciplines include Dressage, Working Riding, Performance Riding, Equitation and Show Jumping.
Each rider needs to have access to a horse or pony for the season irrespective of whether the horse is owned, baited or on loan.
St Mary’s currently has 16 girls participating, with most riding in a number of disciplines. The league caters for riders of all levels provided that they have access to a horse that is able to participate at the level offered.
The league comprises four qualifying shows in each calendar year. The league in which St Mary’s participates is part of Central Gauteng. Riders are awarded points based on where they are placed in each individual show. Based on their performances, riders are then chosen to represent Central Gauteng at the Finals. Then based on their performance at Finals, riders are then chosen to represent Gauteng Province at the Nationals.