Horse Riding

2 hrs daily at Houston Farm Stables
Excel+ Activities

Horse Riding

Riders will be transported to Houston Farm Riding school for a morning (2hrs) per day. Children will travel with Excel coaches to the stables where they will be assessed before being split into two groups according to age/ability.

The children will learn stable management skills and horse care as well as riding. Stable management activities will vary in subject and technicality, depending on previous experience.

Classes will take place either outside, or if the weather is poor, in Houston Farm's undercover arena.

The children will then join the All Sports camp for the remainder of the day participating in team events, film making and sports tournaments. The price is inclusive of the All Sports summer camp.

NOTE: A form for the riding school will be emailed to you in advance of the week. You will need to email or send this back to us prior to the week.


Houston Farm Riding School

Houston is a family run Riding School, near Dechmont, West Lothian, Scotland. It is a licensed riding school & approved by both the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) & the British Horse Society (BHS). Excel have used Houston Riding School for 10+years and it always delivers a safe fun and engaging week of sessions.

  • Indoor Riding School (18.3m x 30.5m). This arena has a raised seating area for spectators.
  • Indoor Riding School (20m x 40m)
  • Floodlit Outdoor Sand Arena
  • Horses & Ponies to suit all standards of rider.
  • Outdoor Jumping Courses
Our activity Calendar

Week by week Calendar

Includes the Excel Summer camp. Transport to and from Houston Farm Riding School and 2 hrs tuition daily with their riding instructors. Excel coaches will also be in attendence.


Activity FAQs

The following outline is a rough guide to a typical day at Excel Sports Academy…

8am – 9am Drop off time
Supervision of children watching a film, playing board games, cards, colouring, reading etc.
9am – 9.30am Team Fun Games
9.30am – 10.00am Transport to Riding School and change for riding
10.00am – 12pm Sports Session 1: Excel Plus Activity: Horse Riding
12.00pm – 12.30pm Transport back to Excel
12.30am – 1.00pm Lunch Time
1.00pm – 2.00pm Sports Activity 2
2.00pm – 3.00pm Sports Activity 3
3.00pm – 3.30pm Team Film Making Practice
3.30pm – 5.00pm Sports Challenge or Tournament
5pm – 6pm Pick up time
Supervision of children watching a film, playing board games, cards, colouring, reading etc.

The following table of activities highlights what you might expect to do during an Excel+ week:

  • Enrolment
  • Team organisation
  • Sports activities
  • Excel+
  • Film making choices
  • Sports Activities
  • Excel+
  • Team tournament
  • Film Practice
  • Sports Activities
  • Excel+
  • Team tournament
  • Filming day
  • Sports Activities
  • Excel+
  • Team tournament
  • Themed Thursday (e.g. pyjama party)
  • Sports Activities
  • Excel+
  • Team tournament
  • Oscar ceremony
  • Prize giving

All equipment is provided but you are welcome to bring your own specialist equipment if you prefer.

For specialist camps you may need to check the main activity page fro additional details.

For the All Sports camp wear clothing suitable for the season and a full active day eg shorts and tracksuit bottoms, trainers, fleece and a waterproof. We like to get outside as much as possible.

Due to allergies Excel does not provide food. Bring snacks and a packed lunch full of nutritous food, fit for a full active day. Sweets are not a good source of energy! St George's often provide a snack at the end of the day but this will be given after sign out, to allow you to decide if it is suitable.

Bring a refillable water bottle. Water is available at the water fountains for refills.

If you need to bring medicine you will be asked to fill out a form at the start of the week and this will be kept stored for you in case it is required. This can be stored in a fridge if required.

Please do not bring ipads, tablets or telephones. If you do need a telephone, you will be asked to hand it in at the start of the day. This is to protect against images that may be taken of children.

The Venue

Excel Sports Academy have been in the fantastic facilities of St George’s School for Girls for many years now. Located in a quiet residential area just west of the City in Roseburn. St George’s is one of the countries top schools with first class facilities.

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The Staff

Our Staff are led by a PE teacher and all undergo training as well as appropriate safety checks. We regularly have other PE teachers, elite sports performers and university students training to be teachers.

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Summer All Sports Camp

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