Our award-winning riding stables

British Horse Society Approved riding schools have to adhere to the highest standards of equine care and prioritise client safety and satisfaction, so it makes sense to choose a BHS approved stables. Not only has WVS passed with flying colours, but  we are also delighted to have been awarded two certificates of excellence. In addition, we are approved by the Association of British Riding Schools and have won their highly regarded ABRS Golden Spur Award for the Instructor of the Year.


One of our key goals is exceeding our customers’ expectations and we are thrilled to have won awards for Customer Service and Best Business in Hospitality and Leisure at prestigious business awards ceremonies, including the South London Business Awards and Merton Business Awards. We were particularly gratified to have won despite competition from big corporate businesses.

We are also extremely proud of the amount of money we raise for charity every year. Through horse-related activities and the generosity of our riders and local businesses in support of charities such as The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and World Horse Welfare, over the years, we have raised more than £750,000!

In particular, over the last 13 years we have donated £335,000 to The Royal Marsden. Our fundraising events include our annual Charity Ball in March, our Summer Show in June and our Sponsored Ride in October.

We recognise how fortunate we are to be located in the midst of a thriving Village community and we take every opportunity to be involved with local people and businesses. We organise Father Christmas on horseback, a magical carol concert – always a sell out – shop openings, work experience placements and many other events that bring together riders and non-riders alike. We were very pleased to receive recognition for our efforts by winning the Merton Business Extra Mile Award for businesses which can demonstrate how they have gone the ‘extra mile’ in supporting their local community.

We think of Wimbledon Village Stables as more than just a stables ….we form a community that enjoys helping others; we bring people together – whether they are riding, attending one of our events or helping us to organise such occasions.  We have heard many times what a difference the stables has made to so many peoples’ lives and we are determined to continue to be a positive force.

Charities WVS supports


Imagine a future beyond cancer. At The Royal Marsden we’re dedicated to making this happen.
We’re a world-leading innovation centre who pioneer new treatments that save lives. We use our research every day to provide the very best in diagnosis, treatment and care for our patients.
The revolutionary way we treat people in our hospitals has far-reaching impact, nationally and internationally.

This kind of pioneering work costs money. Support The Royal Marsden and you’re investing in a future beyond cancer for you and for everyone you know.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. For a future beyond cancer. Registered charity 1095197.

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The Commons are an area of calm and tranquility in the midst of the urban sprawls of Wimbledon, Putney and Kingston-upon-Thames in South West London. The Commons comprise about 460 hectares (1,140 acres) of countryside split between Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common. Putney Lower Common is separated from the rest of the Common by about 1.5 miles. Approximately 360 hectares (900 acres) of the Commons are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The Commons consist of woodland, scrubland, heathland, and mown recreation areas and there are also nine ponds. They are the home to a wide variety of bird, animal and plant life. Being an unfenced Common, the whole area is open to the public 24 hours a day throughout the year. On an average weekend there can be some 10,000 visitors and users of the Commons.

Registered charity 303167. JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

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Holly Lodge

The Holly Lodge Centre provides an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn from a series of hands-on experiences focusing on the rich natural environment in the unique setting of Richmond Park. These activities range from art, gardening and photography to environmental and historical interpretation programmes that are linked to the National Curriculum for schools.

All kinds of groups are catered for and have included special schools, day centres, mainstream schools, holiday clubs, hospitals and many other kinds of organisations. Activities are adapted to help visitors gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from the Park.

Registered charity 1076741.

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The British Horse Society is the UK’s largest and most influential equestrian charity.  we protect and promote the interests of all horses and those who care about them, including the 3.5 million people in the UK who ride or who drive a horse-drawn carriage

From enthusiasts to riders and professionals, the BHS can help everyone get the most out of their relationship with horses. We offer world-class qualifications and an approvals system awarding quality instruction and care, a strong voice in access, safety and welfare issues, and support and guidance in all areas. Whoever you are, we’re working for you.

Registered charity 210504, SC038516.

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World horse welfareWorld Horse Welfare are working for a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding. Their international programmes are bringing lasting improvements to the way people care for working horses in some of the world’s poorest communities. 

 They are the UK’s largest horse rescue and rehoming charity, and their dedicated network of Field Officers work hard to investigate reports of horses in distress, advising owners or bringing horses to their centres for urgent care and rehabilitation. 

They also campaign to improve policy and practice across the equine world, shaping the laws that protect horses and promoting better standards of care.

Registered Charity 206658

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The Brooke is an international animal welfare charity that protects and improves the lives of vulnerable working horses, donkeys and mules which give people in the developing world the opportunity to work their way out of poverty. We work with owners, communities and policy makers to bring about lasting improvements to the lives of working animals. Brooke works hard to deliver significant and lasting change, even in some of the world’s most challenging areas. We use our expertise to train and support owners of horses, donkeys and mules, local vets, farriers, harness makers and animal traders to improve standards of care. Operating in 11 different countries, and funding projects in four others, the Brooke now reaches over 2 million working horses, donkeys and mules – more than any other organisation.

Registered Charity No: 1085760



I understand that Wimbledon Village Stables won the prize for the Best Business for Hospitality and Leisure at the  South London Business Awards ceremony.  I am absolutely delighted to learn of your success, and would like to congratulate you and all of your staff on this tremendous achievement.  Stephen Hammond MP

We are in awe of everyone’s time & effort over the years for raising so much money – it is with your support that the Royal Marsden still stands proudly at the forefront of cancer research, we truly couldn’t do this without your amazing fundraisers.  You are one in a million! Amanda Heaton, Royal Marsden Hospital

I truly am inspired by all that you do for your members and your staff and your horses.  Your genuine love for the people and the horses clearly make WVS a very special place indeed.  I am so happy I was there to share in your celebration this evening.  As I said…inspiring.
Lynn Petersen CEO British Horse Society