Riding Lessons at Courtlands Riding Stables are both fun and safe, and cater for both adults and children of all levels of experience. We can provide you with BHS (British Horse Society) instruction and you can ride safe in the knowledge we are fully insured and licenced by Stevenage Borough Council.

 

We don't make you come every week, just whenever you like, although we do recommend beginners come at least once a month until they have mastered the basics. CLICK HERE to read our booking terms & Conditions

Children's Lessons

(from 3 - 14years old)

Adult Riding

Family & Group Lessons

As a parent it is very important that you make the right choice of riding school for your child. Our fully trained instructors ensure that the children are encouraged to learn in a safe and friendly environment, whilst maintaining an element of fun, in order to build confidence. All of our instructors enjoy teaching and benefit from on-going training and development both in house and externally. They are all trained and many have attended child awareness and protection courses. In the early stages children ride as a group, in most cases accompanied, one to one, by on of our team leading the pony to build the key skills they need to quickly develop and ride on their own.

 

Each of our ponies have their own personalities and have been carefully chosen for there quiet temperaments and their experience in building the skills of our young riders.

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Children's Beginners Lessons (from 3 - 14years old)

All our beginners riding lessons take place in our indoor riding school, with the advantage that the children can ride whatever the weather. These group  sessions allow the Children to progress at there own pace while also learning from the others in their group. All Children start with one of our team leading their pony, and as theirs skills build we have less and less contact until they can walk, trot and canter on their own. During these lessons we teach the children how to sit properly in the saddle and how to hold the reins to progress on to learn how to walk, trot and canter on their own.

 

These are half an hour sessions and take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings all year round.

Children's Intermediate Lessons (from 5 - 14years old)

As the Children progress with their riding we move them from the half an hour sessions indoour hour lessons. These sessions are for these young riders who are able to walk, trot and canter unaided. Normally taking place outside in our 800m² outdoor ménage, these riders can build on what they have learned and perfect their riding skills with opportunities to progress to dressage and jumping.

When the weather is less pleasant we use the indoor riding school.

Prices

Children's Riding Lessons

 

 

 

 

•   Beginners - half hour lessons from £16

      Group lesson

      Available most Saturday and Sunday Mornings, 10 - 11:30am

 

•   Progressing to one hour lessons, from £27

      Group lesson. These may include some jumping.

 

•   Pony Club Membership

      We are a Pony Club Centre, CLICK HERE for more details

 

•   Pony Club rally days

      Own a pony for selected days during the holidays

 

 

We welcome all children from 3 years old, including complete beginners.

 

Courtlands has a great reputation for working with disabled riders, with our ponies being used every week with Stevenage RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association).

Minimum Experience Requirements

 

 

No experience required

(helpers are on hand to lead the ponies as required)

 

 

Must be able to walk trot and canter unaided

 

 

Open to anyone who rides at Courtlands

 

Open to any Pony Club Member at Courtlands

All scheduled lessons & hacking are subject to a non refundable £5 booking fee, with the balance payable when you arrive. Payment for private lessons (including Tasters is due in full when booking. Please see our terms & condition for more details

PLEASE NOTE: All lesson times are approximate

We take adults from complete beginners to experienced riders, starting with a one to one taster session which takes you through all the basics and allows our instructors to assess your abilities. From there we can advise you on whether further private tuition is required or if you are ready to join our friendly group lessons.

Adult Riding Lessons

 

•   For 14 years and over

 

•   Taster lessons from £40

 

•   Group one hour lessons from £30

    We can put you in a group that matches your ability

 

•   Hacking - from £30 per hour

 

•   Private Lessons / Hack by arrangement

 

•   Hacking / Jumping / Dressage

 

•   Stable Management Mornings

 

•   Day Rides / Pub Rides and Social Events

All scheduled lessons & hacking are subject to a non refundable £5 booking fee, with the balance payable when you arrive. Payment for private lessons (including Tasters is due in full when booking. Please see our terms & condition for more details

PLEASE NOTE: All lesson times are approximate

Family Groups

  • Half and Hour family & friends private lesson (for up to 5 riders) - from £95.00
  • Private friends & family 1 Hour lead rein hack (for up to 6 riders) - from £180.00

 

Children's Pony Parties - Lots of mounted & unmounted gymkhana games & rosettes.

  • 1 Hour pony party (for up to 12 children) - from £220.00*  (Available Saturdays ONLY)

            *(1 Hour pony parties for Courtlands Clients from £220.00 - 1 Hour parties for non clients are from £250.00)

  • Add up to an additional 4 children for £18 per child
  • Add an additional half an hour of stable management to enhance the pony party experience. £60 per party.
    A £50 deposit is required for all party bookings.

 

Schools, Social Groups & Clubs

  • Sessions full of pony fun, including a small ride, grooming, tack cleaning and pony care.

CLICK HERE for more details on school and group visits

Corporate Days

  • Taylor make your day, from basic riding to dressage, show jumping, stable management and prize giving. £POA

PLEASE NOTE: All lesson times are approximate

All scheduled lessons & hacking are subject to a non refundable £5 booking fee, with the balance payable when you arrive. Payment for private lessons (including Tasters is due in full when booking. Please see our terms & condition for more details

Dressage & Jumping

 

Many of our clients progress to a level where they'd like to do more with their riding but many of them are not able to take on the commitment of owning or even loaning their own horse. So at Courtlands we offer several in house sessions a year, for both dressage and jumping using our horses and ponies.

 

Dressage

If you have every wondered what a dressage test is and how to learn the disciplines of keeping your horse balanced and controlled, then a series of dressage sessions is a good starting point. Simply put a dressage test is where a horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements, with some form of relaxed grace and elegance.

We provide 3 - 4 one hour group lessons (normally a session a week), then on the final day all those in the group will individually be called into the ring to perform their dressage tests, just like the professionals. The big difference between professional competitions and Courtlands is that here we are all doing it for fun, so as long as you have a good time it really doesn't matter how you perform.

 

Jumping

At Courtlands we have always incorporated a small amount of jumping into our lessons, as it helps all riders to understand how to stay in position even when the horse is clearing a jump. For those that would like to take it to the next level we offer a series of lessons just focusing on how to safely take on jumps of different shapes & sizes and how to negotiate a course of jumps. Like with the dressage sessions we run these courses over a month of weekly one hour lessons with the final week being the jumping show. We always welcome spectators, so bring the family along to show them what you can do.

 

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