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, Show Jumping, Working Riding, Working Hunter, Performance Riding, Equitation and Eventing.
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 and the girls are required to compete in all four of the qualifiers. St Mary’s competes in the Gauteng Central Region and girls are awarded points based on where they are placed in each individual show. Based on their performance points, riders qualify to represent the Gauteng Central Region at the Gauteng Finals. No points are carried through from the four qualifiers and riders are awarded points for their performance at the regional Gauteng finals only. These points then determine which riders are selected to represent the Gauteng Region at the
national competition which is usually held in September of each year. St Mary’s competes in the category of schools aligned to the number of riders participating and points from all the girls’ classes are added to determine the winning school for the season.
Girls are also encouraged to ride in competitions outside of the school league and are acknowledged for achievements in these endeavours.