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. More advanced students may also ride on other designated and scheduled days to also accommodate the horses and the rider’s skill development.

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). Club horse sessions will also regularly switch off every other weekend between full-club involvement and the active-rider training session to allow for an even coaching focus among the different riding levels. Scroll further down for the rough schedule for the academic school year.

More information will be added at a later time as the club's organization finalizes.


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

Tentative Schedule

This schedule looks at approximately 35 total riding sessions from October 2019 until Mid June 2020. The Club Sessions (BEG/INT/ADV) will swap off with the Training Sessions (INT/ADV) every other weekend unless specifically scheduled or canceled. Beginner riders are still invited to the Training Sessions to observe, assist, and learn but the intermediate and advanced group will be designated the riding time for those sessions to allow further riding development. 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 16 - ESHS Club Information Session

RPE hosting an information session at Elizabeth Seton High School after classes for interested club members.

SEPTEMBER 28 - ESHS Club Rider Level INT-ADV Evaluations

This training session will be focused on determining appropriate riding levels for intermediate and advanced groups. RPE is expecting the bulk of the club to be beginner and intermediate level riders from past performance.

OCTOBER 5 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

*** OCTOBER 13 - ESHS Club Field Trip to RPE Competiting at AOPF Stables's Schooling Jumper Show & Derby X

Club session for Saturday, October 12th will be canceled due to competition preparation and training for Sunday, October 13th. All ESHS Club members are invited to join RPE at AOPF Stables as an optional club field trip. Car pools can be arranged among the club prior to the event and may either meet up and leave with RPE's trailer or drive separately to the show. The show starts at 9 AM, meaning that RPE will be planning to leave at 7 AM.

*** OCTOBER 20 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY. Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

*** OCTOBER 26 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

This club session will be looking at having a Halloween Horse Costume Contest with the theme MARVEL SUPERHEROES. No riding is planned for this session.

NOVEMBER 2 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

*** NOVEMBER 10 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY. Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

*** NOVEMBER 17 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY. Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

NOVEMBER 23 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

NOVEMBER 30 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

DECEMBER 7 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

*** DECEMBER 15 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY. *Probably still too muddy for riding but looking to do Christmas Horse Photoshoots during session (before or instead of riding - dependent upon ground - and if sun is out)! Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn. Beginners invited for photoshoot.

--- NO SESSIONS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON! ---

Both December 21st and 28th weekends will be taken off for the Holiday season.

***JANUARY 4 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

THIS SESSION MAY BE CANCELED WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON. Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

JANUARY 11 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

JANUARY 18 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

JANUARY 25 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

* FEBRUARY 1 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

INCLIMATE WINTER WEATHER WATCH. Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

* FEBRUARY 8 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

INCLIMATE WINTER WEATHER WATCH. Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

* FEBRUARY 15 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

INCLIMATE WINTER WEATHER WATCH. Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

* FEBRUARY 22 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

INCLIMATE WINTER WEATHER WATCH. Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

* FEBRUARY 29 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

INCLIMATE WINTER WEATHER WATCH. Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

MARCH 7 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

MARCH 14 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

MARCH 21 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

MARCH 28 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

APRIL 4 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

APRIL 11 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

APRIL 18 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

APRIL 25 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

MAY 2 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

MAY 9 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

MAY 16 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

MAY 23 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

MAY 30 - ESHS Club Training Session (INT/ADV)

Club training session for intermediate and advanced riders. The beginner group is still invited to observe, assist, and learn.

JUNE 6 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

*** JUNE 13 - ESHS Club Riding Session (BEG/INT/ADV)

DEPENDENT WITH END OF SCHOOL YEAR. YEAR EVALUATION SESSION. Club riding session for all members to participate with. The intermediate and advanced riders will help in the beginner group's equine education and equitation before riding afterwards.

NOTE THAT ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION OR CHANGE.
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 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 at WIHS Puissance

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.

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.”