ESHS Equestrian

Reigning Phoenix is proud to host the Elizabeth Seton High School Equestrian Club!

ESHS Equestrian 2019 MARVEL Horse Dress Up

Class of 2014 alumna, Jenna S. Nuth is reviving the Seton Equestrian Club through sponsoring the more expensive side of the equation: providing horses, tack, and coaching. Nuth owns several horses under Reigning Phoenix Equestrian as a small, private farm. All of RPE’s horses have been used in schooling programs, competitions, and the prior Seton Equestrian Club’s program. The sponsorship will be returning to a past structure when hosted at Celtic Acres Farm (2010-2014) where rides are split up with beginners riding first and more experienced riders riding last in order to accommodate the horses available. This system has worked extremely well from past experience as well as also helped to truly bring the team together in helping each other grow and learn in the world of horses.

ESHS Equestrian Club Details

The club currently meets once a week for submitting horse-session-attendance to RPE and discussing goals & objectives. Club horse sessions are held primarily on Saturday's unless there is a conflict on behalf of RPE or there is inclimate weather in which RPE confirms via email cancellation of the session (NOTE that the club may still hold educational sessions even in the event of rain).

For further information regarding the ESHS Equestrian Club,
please contact Jenna S. Nuth at for more information.

2019-2020 Academic Year Schedule

This schedule looks at approximately 35 total riding sessions from October 2019 until Mid June 2020. The Club Sessions will be structured with the entire club so that the intermediate and advanced riders will help RPE coach and teach the beginner group in a team effort the basics of horseback riding. The club will submit attendance sheets prior to each club and training session so that RPE can appropriately prepare lesson material for the expected riders. RPE has a tentative schedule of educational and training goals for each group throughout the year.

Sessions are currently from 10 AM until 1 PM
Times may change later with winter weather.
September 2019 Evaluation Session

This date is designated for intermediate to advanced riders to be evaluated by RPE for the club. Riders are expected to show their level of riding ability at the walk, trot, canter, and jumping at the level that they are comfortable. Riders are pushed during evaluations in a fast-paced, challenging, and changing situation to best determine training goals for the year.

  1. Saturday 28th - Intermediate to Advanced Evaluations
October 2019 Sessions
  1. Saturday 5th - Testing No-Stirrups & Flatwork
  2. Saturday 12th - Canceled due to RPE showing with In Your Dreams & Dark Delight at AOPF Stables' Schooling Jumper Show Sunday 1313
  3. Sunday 20th - Tack Tests & Alycia Burton's Jumping Made Easy
  4. Saturday 26th - Halloween Horse Dressup with MARVEL theme
November 2019 Sessions
  1. Saturday 2nd - Obstacle Courses & Gymkhana Games Bareback
  2. Sunday 10th - Polework & Field Riding
  3. Sunday 17th - Testing No-Stirrups, Flying Lead Changes, Figure-8 Vertical Slant Jumping, Figure-8 Simple Bounces, & Figure-8 Oxers
  4. Saturday 23rd - Jump Building
  5. Saturday 30th - Equitation Courses
December 2019 Sessions
  1. Saturday 7th - Test No-Stirrup Jumping, XC Jumping, & Field Riding
  2. Sunday 15th - Christmas Photoshoot with Mares & Double Line Lunging
  3. Saturday 21th - No Session with Holiday Season
  4. Saturday 28th - No Session with Holiday Season
January 2020 Sessions
  1. Saturday 4th - No Session with Holiday Season
  2. Saturday 11th - Learning the Skeletal System with Mocha
  3. Sunday 19th - Snow expected Saturday. Rescheduled to Sunday!
  4. Saturday 25th
February 2020 Sessions
March 2020 Sessions
  1. Saturday 7th
  2. Saturday 14th
  3. Saturday 21st - Potential conflict with BEST Horse Show Weekend
  4. Saturday 28th
April 2020 Sessions
  1. Saturday 4th
  2. Saturday 11th
  3. Saturday 18th - Potential conflict with BEST Horse Show Weekend
  4. Saturday 25th
May 2020 Sessions
  1. Saturday 2nd - Potential conflict with BEST Horse Show Weekend
  2. Saturday 9th - Potential conflict with BEST Horse Show Weekend
  3. Saturday 16th
  4. Saturday 23rd
  5. Saturday 30th
June 2020 Sessions

To be scheduled will be an end-of-the-year evaluation session for any riders looking for permission to show as a team member in the coming academic year. Any incoming freshman looking to potentially join the show team in their first year should reach out about participating in a summer evaluation ride.

  1. Saturday 6th
  2. Saturday 13th - Potential conflict with BEST Horse Show Weekend. DEPENDENT WITH END OF SCHOOL YEAR. YEAR EVALUATION SESSION.

Check out the RPE Competition & Adventure page for more events to attend outside of ESHS Club Events!

ESHS Alumni Success Stories

ESHS Equestrian 2014 ISHS with Here Comes Lucy Ashanti & Celtic Class Christmas 2019

Ashanti Mangrum

Class of 2019
“The Seton Equestrian Club allowed me to meet fellow Seton sisters with similar interests. Our shared passion for all things horses enhanced our friendship along the way.”

Nadia Khan

Class of 2017
"Being part of the Elizabeth Seton Equestrian Team was and still is an immensely rewarding parts of my life for many reasons. One of the most important aspects of the team was the family it provided me. As an older sister of seven brothers, I never had any older sibling figures until I went to tryouts the summer before freshman year and I automatically had older sisters that would give me advice on anything and motivate me to be my best and be myself. So as a freshman, I already had a little family that was there for me on the first day and made me feel welcome and appreciated. In turn, I was able to become an older sister and mentor to the incoming freshman on the team which was a beautiful experience also. In addition to family, my riding improved as the years went by. So much so, I was able to compete in the highest level--which I never thought I would be able to do. Plus, I learned valuable leadership and people skills from our team captain that inspired and led me to become the team captain my junior and senior years. I cannot forget the most incredible, fun and noteworthy team bonding riding activities we did. We went trail riding, rode in the dark with glow sticks, swimming, played games, had pony dress up competitions, you name it. All of this made the competing part less stressful because we were so comfortable with horses and I now advocate for us to do similar activities on my college equestrian team.
Nadia at WIHS Puissance
Another really important aspect of the team that has actually shaped my career path was the fact that I had a home away from home where I had responsibilities and a comfortable place to go whenever I was stressed. As an expensive sport, our team coaches and mentors where very understanding of our members financial situations and provided us with opportunities to help. I became a working student and the barn became my second home. At the barn I learned about all the different aspects of Equine management, nutrition and care. I was able to learn about signs to look for in sick horses, the common medicines we can give, the proper practices for overall horse health and more. I was also able to be a camp counselor during the summer time with other members of our team and I found my passion for teaching. All of these experiences led me to get the job I have now as an animal caretaker and educator at a nature center and farm. Plus, as a prevet student, I cherish the tools and knowledge I have gained that have propelled my career forward. I could not have made the long lasting friendships, family and life-skills that I have under my belt, without the Equestrian Team."

Confident Afroditi

Afroditi Papadopoulos

Class of 2014
“When I joined the Seton Equestrian Team in the 10th grade, I was a more reserved person and a somewhat timid rider. The three years that I was a part of the team, I was able to grow both as a rider and an individual. I was able to gain experience and learn not only from my coaches, but the other girls on the team. After high school, I had the necessary tools and attitude to go on to be a successful intercollegiate athlete and the captain of my IHSA team, and I even have maintained friendships with many of the girls that I rode with while on the Seton Equestrian team.”

Rachel coaching at BEST

Rachel Turk

Class of 2009
“My time with the Seton Equestrian Club impacted me as both rider and teacher. I was able to attach myself to my school through my passion, and I am able to continue that connection with teaching and mentoring. My time as a coach has helped me realize just how lucky I was to have the equestrian club as a student, and I support its growth for the next generation of riders.”