The goal of the student internship program is to give students the opportunity to have hands-on horse management training and skills that can be used in the barn and in the future.
Each day, interns are given activities that are involved with the daily operations of an equine facility. This may include assisting barn staff with equine health care, grooming school horses (clipping, pulling the mane, trimming whiskers, etc.), afternoon hay and feed, barn maintenance, as well as possible opportunities to assist with the veterinarian, farrier, dentist and massage therapist.
Help New Students
Interns also help new students and beginner riders learn to tack up, untack and groom their horses properly. These activities are taught and explained first before an intern will be expected to do them independently.
Each month, interns put together a schedule of work days with a minimum of 30 hours per trimester in total.
Applying to the Program
Interns must apply to the program and be accepted and approved before joining.
Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA)
Dana Hall's IEA Team
Dana Hall's 30-member interscholastic equestrian team competes throughout the year with other schools at the varsity, junior varsity and middle school level. IEA is open to grades 6-12. Riders accumulate points both individually and as a team towards a national competition held in the spring.
Dana Hall has a strong presence in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone I, with many team members qualified to participate in the Zone and National Finals each year. Dana Hall is proud to be the home of the 2008 and 2011 National Champion Middle School Team. For more information about the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, visit .
Athletic Equestrian League ( AEL )
Dana Hall's AEL team competes locally at competitions in which their primary focus is horsemanship. Students that participate in AEL will attend a horsemanship workshop on Wednesday evenings at KSEC. Open to grades 1-12., the AEL structure is similar to IEA where the rider does not know the horse who they will compete on before the competition day. AEL team members will have the chance to review their flat pattern and jump course before the competition date so they have time to practice at home. On the competition day, students will complete their flat pattern and jumping course as well as a horsemanship exam. Exam difficulty depends on the level in which the rider competes in. The overall score from these three phases is combined to determine a rider's placement at the end of the day. AEL students participated at National Finals in Springfield, MA in 2019.