NEGS has a long history of equestrian pursuits. The Riding School first opened in 1973, though the first horse at NEGS, Dusty, belonged to our founder Florence Green. Girls have gone on to represent Australia in the Olympics. The important life skills and responsibility students develop whilst pursuing their passion for horse riding prepares and guides them to be their personal best.
With a focus on horsemanship and the development of the athlete both in training and ultimately in competition, the program is geared allowing riders to make the transition into the industry seamless. From 2019 there is an exciting introduction of on site bison into the camp draft program, taking the training of our future athletes to another level.
Students taking part in the program have the opportunity of working with successful competitor and professional trainer in the industry, NEGS campdraft coach Gloria McCormack. Riders are also invited to request private lessons and horse schooling with Gloria.
NEGS CAMPDRAFT AND HORSEMANSHIP COACH: GLORIA MCCORMACK
PLEASE NOTE: As the whole program is designed to emphasise the importance of having a consistent, ongoing and correct training and management program, reimbursements for a missed squad lesson will only occur when a Doctor or Veterinary certificate is presented to the EC front office no later than 24hrs after the lesson. There will be no reimbursement for any other reason than a Vet or DR certificate.
PROGRAM DURATION: 7 week program
NEGS has always placed a firm emphasis on its polocrosse players with the use of an outdoor polocrosse field helping players reach their full potential.
An impact sport on horseback, our students are given every opportunity to excel with the coaching of national player Ella Elks, who has represented Queensland at a national level. The NEGS polocrosse team travels across the state for weekend tournaments every season, with our dedicated coaches and staff helping to facilitate every opportunity for the girls to grow and play. Team selections are made from the squad only, and require a commitment to training and competition schedules.
NEGS POLOCROSSE SQUAD
The NEGS Polocrosse Squad program invites motivated and committed players to train in a supportive team environment.
Program learning outcomes include:
NEGS POLOCROSSE COACH: Ella Elks
PLEASE NOTE: The Program is designed to emphasise the importance of having a consistent, ongoing and correct training and management. Reimbursements for a missed squad lesson will only occur when a medical or veterinary certificate is presented to the EC front office no later than 24hrs after the lesson. There will be no reimbursement for any other reason than a Vet or DR certificate
PROGRAM DURATION: 7 week program
The NEGS showing team enjoys consistent, outstanding success under the expert tutelage of showing coach and industry professional, Justine Aitken. Justine has competed to considerable success with her own homebred show horses, including wins at Sydney Royal Easter Show and national competitions.
Show riding involves an enormous amount of preparation, with rider and horse appraised on their condition, turn out, aesthetics and harmony as a duo. The show riding team competes around the region and New South Wales at a number of Agricultural Shows, with an emphasis placed on sportswomanship and representing NEGS to the highest degree.
NEGS SHOW RIDING SQUAD
Squads and teams allow motivated and committed riders to train in a supported team environment towards their personal goals. The aim of the program is to produce a team of riders who demonstrate correct riding, gracious manners and attention to detail.
NEGS COACH: Justine Aitken
NEGS Jumping Squads meet weekly for training with our Senior Eventing Instructors, Annyka Overton and Rachelle Hirst. Training in a supportive team environment allows individual athletes to develop advanced skills and knowledge culminating in competitions at State, National and International Level with other like-minded students. Squad lessons are motivating, uniting, inspiring and strive for success.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES INCLUDE:
XC80 Squad meets on Thursdays from 4-5pm jumping 60cm to 80cm with Rachelle Hirst
XC100 Squad meets on Wednesdays from 4-5pm jumping 95cm and above with Annyka Overton
SJ80 Squad meets on Wednesdays from 4-5pm jumping 60-80cm with Rachelle Hirst
SJ100 Squad meets on Tuesdays from 4-5pm jumping 80cm-1m with Rachelle Hirst
SJ100+ Squad meets on Thursdays from 4-5pm jumping 1m and above with Annyka Overton
Students are encouraged to book an additional private lesson per week to work on individual training plans and goals for showjumping, cross country or dressage, however this is the choice and responsibility of students or parents to arrange additional lessons with their instructor of choice.
PLEASE NOTE: The Program is designed to emphasise the importance of having consistent, ongoing and correct training and management. Reimbursements for a missed squad lesson will only occur when a Doctor or Veterinary Certificate is presented to the EC office no later than 48 hours after the missed lesson.
PROGRAM DURATION AND COST:
Jump Squads commence Week 2 and will run through until Week 9 – 8 week duration.
Welcome to NEGS, the premier regional boarding school located in the beautiful surroundings of Armidale. Our world-class NEGS Equestrian Centre is a haven for horse enthusiasts, offering exceptional facilities and a team of highly skilled professional coaches to support our students’ equestrian pursuits.
Situated on a spacious 50-hectare property, our equine centre is equipped with top-notch amenities. Our 2* Cross Country course provides thrilling challenges for riders, while the two undercover Olympic-sized arenas offer ideal spaces for training and competitions. The polocrosse field, outdoor cutting/campdraft arena, and outdoor dressage arena cater to a range of equestrian disciplines. Additionally, our centre features a mechanical cow training aid, horse schooling areas, and expansive open riding spaces.
At NEGS, we prioritise the development of our students’ equestrian skills and offer elite coaching in various equine sports. Our students have the opportunity to excel in disciplines such as campdrafting, eventing, polocrosse, showjumping, dressage, and showing. They can showcase their talents in interschool events, local competitions, and even national and international level competitions. Being part of the NEGS team and participating in competitions is often the highlight due to the comradery, and team spirit not just among the students, but the families.
With 42 paddocks available for private, semi-private, and group agistment, we ensure that horses receive the utmost care and attention. Two stable complexes house 26 stables, and a range of day yards complete the comprehensive facilities. Our experienced staff follow best practices in equine welfare, setting a positive example for students and private clients alike.
Whether your passion lies in competitive riding or recreational enjoyment, our NEGS Equestrian Centre offers a nurturing environment where students can thrive and reach their equestrian goals.
Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision, and we understand that there are many considerations. We are here to help you navigate the enrolment process and answer any questions you may have. We invite you to visit our campus, meet our students and staff, and experience the NEGS community firsthand. Discover why NEGS is more than a school.