Dean Close Foundation (DCF) is proud to have a thriving and developing Foundation-wide Equestrian Programme which has been incredibly successful over the last few years. The team won two National Dressage Titles and five Top 5 Show Jump placings at the 2022 NSEA National Championships.  

The programme is open to all pupils from Year 3 through to Sixth Form, at all ability levels; the emphasis is on promoting and developing potential and enjoying experiences with horses and ponies.

Weekly term-time lessons are offered, catering for complete beginners to those who wish to develop and progress their riding. Pupils attend Tumpy Green Equestrian, who support those new to riding as well as exceptional Advanced School Masters for both Dressage and Show Jumping for the more advanced riders to continue to progress on.

Riding For The DCF Team

Those pupils who come with or have access to their own horses and ponies can compete for the Foundation at the National Schools Equestrian Association and School Equestrian Games, in Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage. 

Pupils compete in the School and Dean Close Foundation teams in a variety of the disciplines to achieve their qualification to the NSEA National, Plate, County Cup and Grass Roots Finals. The Foundation teams have continued to demonstrate excellence at a national level becoming National and Grass Roots Dressage Reserve Champions, NSEA Plate 90cm and 1m Show Jumping Champions over the last few years.  Team and squad riders attend termly team training with highly qualified senior instructors.

The DCF Equestrian Programme hosts an annual Interschools Show Jumping competition at Rectory Farm in June. This event now holds National, Elite and Grass Roots Qualifiers for the NSEA. It has grown year on year and often attracts over 200 riders and 40 schools.  It is a great family day out.  

The Dean Close Equestrian programme offers pupils the opportunity to develop their talents, it gives them confidence, individuality and the ability to shine in their chosen sport.

Equestrian Scholarships are available for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+ (Sixth Form). 


For pupils wishing to bring their own horse to ride during their time at School, Dean Close has strong links with Highnam Court Equestrian and Rectory Farm offering a variety of livery packages.  Support and information is offered by the Director of Equestrian to ensure families find the best fit for their needs.

Current Honours

Bella Stevens: Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage 
NSEA National 1m SJ County Cup Champion 2021.
NSEA National Dressage Reserve Champion 2020/21.
Schools Equestrian Games Champion 2021 BE 100.
Qualified Badminton Grass Roots BE100 2022.