Site last updated September 1, 2014

Horse Riding Courses

Horse riding courses in London

‘On the back of a horse you will find Paradise.” Stella A.Walker

All of the Horse Riding Courses listed on this page take place on weekdays (Tuesday through to Friday). Please assess your riding ability using the chart on the right hand side to help you find which courses will be appropriate for you. There are one day courses such as Learn to Ride in a Day – perfect for the complete beginner keen to get a concise yet thorough grounding to prepare them for the future – and bespoke Refresher Courses for the more experienced rider who maybe has had some time out from the sport and wants to brush up on their technique.

We have Courses that run during term time only and consist of a one hour or two hour lesson each week for six week and our Intensive Four Day Course which runs Tues-Fri during school holidays is ideal for those who have mornings to spare and lots of energy!

Private riding lesson in LondonEach Riding Course is tailored in line with ability, and we cater for all levels from the complete beginner through to the more advanced requiring dressage or jumping tuition.

The good news for Gold and Silver Members is that many of the Courses are available free of charge if the instruction is taken as your weekly ride.

Assess your riding ability using the chart on the right and then view the courses below that are suitable for your level of riding.


LEVEL 1-2 View courses

Learn to Ride in a Day

A golden opportunity to learn what a fun leisure activity riding can be. We'll help you master the basics in a single day. Perfect for those planning a riding holiday or horseback safari, or simply for those who'd prefer a condensed start to their learning, our Learn to Ride in a Day Courses are hugely popular. Each rider is assigned their own private instructor for the day and, through a combination of ridden instruction and demonstration, will be taught how to mount and dismount, sit correctly, increase and decrease pace, communicate direction and gain more control of their horse. The lunch/coffee break hour gives you opportunity to explore the bars, restaurants & shops in Wimbledon Village.

*** AVAILABILITY FOR MEMBERS ONLY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2014
 
Available: Tuesday-Friday
Non-Member's Price: £225.00
Session: 10.00 - 3.00 on Wed and Thursday (includes 90 mins for lunch) or 9.00 - 12.30 Tues and Friday (includes 30 mins for coffee)
Duration: One day

Introductory Course (Private)

Ideal for the complete beginner or those with a little riding experience, this one-to-one Introductory Course will, over six one-hour sessions, provide a thorough grounding in basic horsemanship. Riders will learn the correct position, along with the control and balance needed to further their riding skills confidently and safely. Theory topics will help promote understanding of and empathy with the horse.
 
Available: Tuesday-Friday
Non-Member's Price: £450.00
Session: 9.00, 10.15, 11.30 or 2.00.
Duration: 6 one hour private lessons to be booked in advance and taken within a six week period

Desperate Horse-wives!

Desperate for an excuse to escape work or your domestic chores? Need some quality 'me' time? Tired of the gym and over yoga? - after feedback from some of our female clients, we decided to develop an idea tailored for ladies who love to have fun and spend time with like-minded people and, most importantly, love the idea of riding!
The Desperate Horse-wives Course is suitable for women of all ages at any level of riding ability who are keen to learn how to ride or to improve their riding in a friendly, fun environment. We meet at 10.45am every Wednesday for a 45 minute session of Horse Care and Stable Management over coffee, followed by one hour's riding.
Stun friends and family with your new found proficiency in all things equine! Join the Desperate Horse-wives Course and see what fun horse riding can be.
 
Available: Wednesday 10.45 - 12.30, Term start dates: See box on right
Non-Member's Price: Level 1, 2 £510 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) Level 1, 2 £200 per term, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) Level 1, 2 £350 per term
Session: One hour and 45 minutes
Duration: 6 weeks

Novice Course

This course has been developed for those who have already progressed through walk to rising trot and canter, and would like to develop their confidence and experience. We will help you improve your position and technique in order for you to become a more effective and sympathetic rider. Discussion time will focus on understanding how the horse moves and communication between horse and rider.
Term start dates: See box on right
 
Available: Tuesdays at 11.30 - 12.30 and Friday 11.30 - 12.30. Term start dates: See box on right
Non-Member's Price: £300 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) FREE, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) £200 per term
Session: One hour a week
Duration: 6 weeks

LEVEL 3-4 View courses

Refresher One-Day Riding Course

A perfect follow-up to the Learn to Ride in a Day Course, or ideal for those who have ridden before but would like to spend a day brushing away the cobwebs and brushing up their skills! Each rider is assigned their own instructor for the morning session to ensure that they can focus and progress happily at their own pace. They will then join a group lesson or hack in the afternoon.
The lunch/coffee break hour gives you opportunity to explore the bars, restaurants & shops in Wimbledon Village.

*** AVAILABILITY FOR MEMBERS ONLY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2014
 
Available: Tuesday - Friday
Non-Member's Price: £205
Session: 10.00 - 3.00 on Wed and Thursday (includes 90 mins for lunch) or 9.00 - 12.30 Tues and Friday (includes 30 mins for coffee)
Duration: One day

Refresher Intensive Course (Private)

Ideal for those who have riding skills of Level 3 or 4. Over six one-hour sessions, you will improve and develop your riding technique. Working on balance and riding in harmony with your horse in all paces. Theory topics will help further promote understanding of and empathy with the horse.
 
Available: Tuesday-Friday
Non-Member's Price: £450.00
Session: 9.00, 10.15, 11.30 or 2.00.
Duration: 6 one hour private lessons to be booked in advance and taken within a six week period

Intensive Four Day Course

Available during half-term and holiday periods, this course has been designed for 'intermediate' level riders (those familiar with trot diagonals, canter leads and basic school movements) to consolidate their skills and focus on areas for improvement. Over four half-day sessions instruction will focus on the development of balance and a deeper seat through more subtle, yet effective, use of the aids, while daily lecture/demos will illustrate and clarify points covered.
 
Available: See box on right hand side
Non-Member's Price: £510, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) £280, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) £350
Session: 9.00 - 12.30
Duration: Four Days

Riding Inside Out

with Caroline Stevenson, BHSI.
Ideal for riders who want to improve their technique and confidence. Caroline has been influenced by Mary Wanless and will be working with some of the techniques that Mary has developed.
Term start dates: See box on right
 
Available: Thursdays at 2 - 3.00
Non-Member's Price: £300 per term, Member’s Price free, if taken as weekly ride, £200 in addition to weekly ride
Session: One hour a week
Duration: 6 weeks

Desperate Horse-wives!

Desperate for an excuse to escape work or your domestic chores? Need some quality 'me' time? Tired of the gym and over yoga? - after feedback from some of our female clients, we decided to develop an idea tailored for ladies who love to have fun and spend time with like-minded people and, most importantly, love the idea of riding!
The Desperate Horse-wives Course is suitable for women of all ages at any level of riding ability who are keen to learn how to ride or to improve their riding in a friendly, fun environment. We meet at 10.45am every Wednesday for a 45 minute session of Horse Care and Stable Management over coffee, followed by one hour's riding.
Stun friends and family with your new found proficiency in all things equine! Join the Desperate Horse-wives Course and see what fun horse riding can be.
 
Available: Wednesday 10.45 - 12.30, Term start dates: See box on right
Non-Member's Price: Level 3 - 6 £350 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) Level 3-6 £50 per term, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) Level 3-6 £250 per term
Session: One hour and 45 minutes
Duration: 6 weeks

Intermediate Course

Designed for those familiar with trot diagonals, canter leads and basic school movements, this course focuses on building experience and improving co-ordination and balance in all three gaits so giving the rider confidence to progress further.
Term start dates: See box on right
 
Available: Tuesdays at 10.15 - 11.15, Wednesdays 10.15 - 11.15, Thursday 11.30 - 12.30 and Friday 11.30 - 12.30
Non-Member's Price: £300 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) FREE, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) £200 per term
Session: One hour a week
Duration: 6 weeks

Novice Jumping Course (1¼ hours)

If you're confident in all three paces, are able to ride school movements accurately and in full control and you've often watched enviously as horse and rider effortlessly pop fences, this is the course for you. Starting with simple pole work and progressing through grid work, this course aims to give you the skills and confidence needed to achieve the ultimate goal of an accurate and fluent round over a small course of fences.
Term start dates: See box on right
 
Available: Wednesday at 2.00
Non-Member's Price: £300 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) FREE, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) £200 per term
Session: One hour a week for 6 weeks
Duration:

LEVEL 5-6 View courses


Advanced Intensive Course (Private)

Ideal for those who have riding skills of Level 5 or 6. Over six one-hour sessions, you will improve and develop your riding technique in dressage and/or jumping. Theory topics will specialise in promoting a greater understanding of these topics.
 
Available: Tuesday-Friday
Non-Member's Price: £450.00
Session: 9.00, 10.15, 11.30 or 2.00.
Duration: 6 one hour private lessons to be booked in advance and taken within a six week period

Intensive Four Day Course

Available during half-term and holiday periods, this course has been designed for 'intermediate' level riders (those familiar with trot diagonals, canter leads and basic school movements) to consolidate their skills and focus on areas for improvement. Over four half-day sessions instruction will focus on the development of balance and a deeper seat through more subtle, yet effective, use of the aids, while daily lecture/demos will illustrate and clarify points covered.
 
Available: See box on right
Non-Member's Price: £440, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) £245, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) £280
Session: 9.00 - 12.30
Duration: Four Days

Desperate Horse-wives!

Desperate for an excuse to escape work or your domestic chores? Need some quality 'me' time? Tired of the gym and over yoga? - after feedback from some of our female clients, we decided to develop an idea tailored for ladies who love to have fun and spend time with like-minded people and, most importantly, love the idea of riding!
The Desperate Horse-wives Course is suitable for women of all ages at any level of riding ability who are keen to learn how to ride or to improve their riding in a friendly, fun environment. We meet at 10.45am every Wednesday for a 45 minute session of Horse Care and Stable Management over coffee, followed by one hour's riding.
Stun friends and family with your new found proficiency in all things equine! Join the Desperate Horse-wives Course and see what fun horse riding can be.
Term start dates: See box on right
 
Available: Wednesday 10.45 - 12.30, Term start dates: See box on right
Non-Member's Price: Level 3-6 £300 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) Level 3-6 £50 per term, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) Level 3 - 6 £250 per term
Session: One hour and 45 minutes
Duration: 6 weeks

Advanced Course

This course has been developed for the more experienced rider, already competent in all three paces and keen to develop the finesse to take their riding to the next level. Goals are a deeper seat and more effective use of the aids. The emphasis will be on the use of the half-halt, working into the bridle and the principles of lateral work. Riders will be able to work at a more advanced level, and will have a greater understanding of how to improve the horse's performance.
Term start dates: See box on right
 
Available: Tuesdays at 9.00 - 10.00, Thursdays 10.15 - 11.15, and Friday 9.00 - 10.00, Term start dates: See box on right
Non-Member's Price: £300 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) FREE, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) £200 per term
Session: One hour a week for 6 weeks
Duration: 6 weeks

Advanced Jumping Course

If you're confident in all three paces, are able to ride school movements accurately and in full control and you've often watched enviously as horse and rider effortlessly pop fences, this is the course for you. Starting with simple pole work and progressing through grid work, this course aims to give you the skills and confidence needed to achieve the ultimate goal of an accurate and fluent round over a small course of fences.
Term start dates: See box on right
 
Available: Thursday at 2.00 (Advanced)
Non-Member's Price: £300 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) FREE, Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) £200 per term
Session: One hour a week
Duration: 6 weeks

Improver Dressage Course

Designed for those riders at Preliminary dressage level, able to ride in a forward and balanced manner, this course will work towards achieving greater engagement and the ability to vary tempo within any gait, as well as creating and maintaining impulsion through accurate transitions. Rein back and lengthening will also be covered, and the course will work towards riding a Novice dressage test on the final day.
Term start dates: See box on right
 
Available: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.15 - 12.15
Non-Member's Price: £600 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) £200 per term Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) £400 per term
Session: Two hours a week
Duration: 6 weeks

ALL LEVELS View courses

Riding and Road Safety

with Caroline Stevenson, BHSI
The BHS Riding and Road Safety Test is taken by over 4,000 candidates a year and helps to educate riders in road safety in order to minimise the risk involved when riding on the roads. Training is available to all riders from 12 years of age and the test is supported by the DETR.
For more information about the Exam click here
Start dates: To be confirmed
 
Available: Please e-mail if you would like to attend this course.
Non-Member's Price: £300 per term, Member’s Price (if taken as weekly ride) FREE Member’s Price (in addition to weekly ride) £200 per term
Session: One hour a week
Duration: Six weeks

Riding Inside Out - One day Course

"Horses are wonderful teachers because they are sensitive and immediate in their response to us."
The nature of the RIO workshops is one of exploration. Through theory sessions, we will use techniques to improve mind/body co-ordination and methods of physical and mental relaxation. We will look at how our attitudes about life, ourselves and others can affect our riding both positively and negatively. During the riding session we gain firsthand experience of how our attitudes and intentions are reflected back to us by our horse. Thus, by using the horse almost as a mirror, we can learn a great deal about the way we inhibit or enhance the horse's performance. In short, to ride well we need to have a balanced mind. This means being able to focus one's attention by steadying one's thoughts and emotions and freeing our bodies. This will allow you to be supple, still and alert leading to the ultimate goal - a balanced horse who is a delight to ride.
 
Available: Please e-mail if you would like to attend this course.
Non-Member's Price: £220 Member's Price (if taken as weekly ride):£135 Member's Price (in addition to weekly ride):£170
Session: 9.30 - 5.00
Duration: One day

 
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