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Woodford Equestrian

Equestrian Academy

Woodford House has partnered with Grand Prix show jumper Amy Roydhouse to provide students in Years 7 – 13 with an equestrian academy that encourages self-belief and individual excellence in their chosen discipline.

We are proud to be the only school in Hawke’s Bay to offer this specialised academy.

As part of the academy, girls can keep their ponies at equestrian facilities in close proximity to Woodford House. Transport will be provided daily to attend the academy.

Spaces are limited.

For more information please email equestrian@woodford.school.nz or phone 06 873 0708

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Who we are

To develop respectful, empathetic and confident riders who work with and alongside others in all aspects of life.

Enriching the lives of girls so they become better people as well as riders.


  • Self-discipline
    Developing emotional intelligence to stay focused and committed to reaching goals
  • Trust
    The foundation to individual excellence and success
  • Authenticity
    Be true to who you are every step of the way
  • Respect
    Mutual respect for people and horses is embraced
  • Empathy
    The ability to see and understand the world from someone else’s view
Girls walking away on their horses

Personalised Programmes

The Woodford Equestrian programme will include:

  • A personalised programme for each rider
  • Professional coaching across the disciplines
  • Two hours of riding time each day
  • Hands-on care of horses
  • Support in events and competitions
  • Workshops, seminars and guest speakers
  • Health and fitness programmes

Professional Coaching

Amy Roydhouse is a successful Grand Prix show jumper and well respected coach in Hawke’s Bay. She has many New Zealand riding titles to her name, including Show Hunter of the year and multiple Grand Prix placings on both ponies and horses.

Amy discovered her passion for coaching, after coaching the Heretaunga Pony Club at the New Zealand Pony Club Show Jumping Championships in 2009. Amy is 100% committed to providing all her students with the best training and education possible.

Through the Academy, Amy provides consistent clear training that helps riders to achieve goals while maintaining and growing the confidence of both the horse and rider.

Amy believes that riding a horse is a partnership between horse and rider. She works with riders to develop skills they can use to produce calm confident horses. Amy hopes her students can take some of the empathy, confidence and other skills they learn in training horses and use it to influence the way they interact with people throughout their lifetime.